Friday 18h30 – 20h30
Anahata Chakra is where we cultivate feelings of compassion towards others. It’s also where we hold feelings towards those who have hurt us, whom we continue to carry in our hearts until we are ready to forgive them.
The practice of devotional backbends opens up the heart chakra and helps to release those emotions and heal feelings of hurt from our past so we can move into the future with grace understanding and unconditional love.
On a physical level backbends stimulate the central nervous system, boost immune system, realign and increase mobility in the spinal column, open the hips, strengthen and stretch the legs. Other benefits include increasing the flow of blood, massaging the vital organs and glands as well as loosening the joints. Backbends boost energy levels and relieve tensions stored in the muscles.
Many of us find back-bends challenging both physically and mentally. In this workshop we will explore the balance between the effort and grace in back-bending.
Saturday 10h30 – 13h00
Patanjali Yoga Sutra – Sadhana Pada
In the second chapter of Yoga Sutras, Patanjali described a three-stepped method:
„tapah svadhyaya ishvara-pranidhana kriya-yogah“
Here Patanjali provides the practical means of purifying and concentrating the mind, so that nirodha is possible through purification, Self study and surrender to a higher power.
Patanjali is compassionate for souls who are unable to surrender themselves to Divine grace alone, and provides a chapter describing more detailed conscious spiritual practices (Sadhana).
Providing an eight-step method for those of us who still need more practical „how-to“ direction in the ways to untangle ourselves from the dukha (suffering).
Since many of us feel that our unhappiness is caused by the actions of others, the eight- step plan begins with the Yamas (restraints). The Yamas address our relationships with others.
When we begin to simplify our lives and live in a more compassionate way, mind clutter is removed and we can begin to feel more content.
This workshop will include teachings on ethics, lifestyle, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, meditation techniques and chanting as an integrated approach to Yoga. We will building up the yoga fire with a tapasic practice and looking at disturbances of mind with inversions.
Finishing with meditation to reflect on how these useful tools given to us from ancient scriptures will help us to move forward into the future with grace.
Emma Henry was introduced to yoga in the mid 90s. Her background in dance and martial arts is evident in her dynamic, innovative and playful choreography and understanding of anatomy and the subtle body.
Emma’s yogic path has led her to Mysore from practicing Astanga with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and to advanced certification in the Jivamukti method with Sharon Gannon and David Life. Her continuing education is shared with all of her students through her love of yogic texts and her amazing chanting. All of her classes include an inspiring sound track and a lot of laughter. Her goal is to create a space for practitioners to feel inspired, nurtured and uplifted.
She has hosted yoga workshops and retreats around the world with many happy yogis returning for more year after year. Emma teaches for the Jivamukti Teacher Training Programs.
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The number of participants is limited to a minimum of 5 and to a maximum of 30 people. We recommend you to reserve your slot on time.
The workshop will be held in English.
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