Tantra is the science of energy management. Join Sophie for three classes, over three weeks at the end of September, to explore these energies and their connection to the universe, the purpose of life and how the connection to others can be understood in a new dimension.
The ancient lineage of Tantra Hatha Yoga based practice is used as a tool to still the mind, control energy within the body and cultivate the remembrance of the higher Self – allowing us to live masterfully, evolving, thriving, and serving the greater good with the embodied drive and passion of authentic purpose.
In this three week block of masterclasses we will journey through the stages of Hatha yoga:
Within each class there will be asana (posture), pranayama (breath control) and meditation.
Masterclass One – 15th Sept
Moon (Chitta/ Mind): Calm, ground and stabilize.
Techniques involve twists, forward folds and building exhalation.
- You have a busy lifestyle or busy mind.
- You have trouble sleeping or digesting.
- You feel ungrounded or unsettled.
- You wish to improve concentration and meditation.
Masterclass Two – 22nd Sept
Sun (Prana/ Energy) : enliven and sensitise.
Techniques involve backbends, laterals, namaskars and building inhalation. Use of bandhas and breath retention.
- You feel stagnant, sad or depressed.
- You feel depleted, low energy, poor circulation and low immunity.
- You already feel mentally and physically grounded and calm.
Masterclass Three – 29th Sept
Fire: to access the heart of Yoga.
Techniques involve all asana categories including inversions and extensions. Tantric techniques including pranayama, bandha, mantra and meditation.
- You feel balanced and grounded.
- You wish to begin awakening to a higher awareness and to find a deeper connection with the pure essence of your being- the divinity within.
- $100 for the full 3 week course
- Early Bird Discount – just $90, if signed up before the 31st of August<strong<31st of=”” august<=”” strong=””></strong<31st>
- 10% discount for Dedicated Yogis and 12 Month memberships
Dharma is said to be our life purpose or intention. Through our dharma we unravel our karma to learn our life’s lessons. In this workshop we will learn to listen to our innermost guide, our heart.
Who is this workshop for?
- Students who are interested in understanding their purpose and finding tools that enable the courage to follow that purpose
- Students who wish to remember what their higher purpose is and find the tools to support that intention in life
What you’ll gain:
- A clear understanding of Dharma, how it is defined, and ways you can begin to connect more clearly with your own
- The ability to clearly listen to your heart to find, connect with and follow your purpose in life
What to expect:
Movement, reflection, meditation & journaling
What to bring:
Yoga mat, water, journal, an open heart and mind
Spaces are limited. Book early to secure your place
Join Sue on Saturday 26th May to explore the philosophical and ethical principles of yoga both on and off the mat.
In this 2.5 hour workshop we will look deeper in to the 8 Limbs of Yoga with specific emphasis on the Yamas and Niyamas. Through discussion, movement and meditation you will learn about these ethical principles which form an integral part of the yogic way of life according to Patanjali. When we practice yoga on the mat we learn to be aware, calm and mindful. However the idea of yoga practice is to carry this state of being away with us in to our daily lives so we can have a deeper impact on our own lives as well as the lives of those around us. Adapting these ethical principles in to your life can be the foundation for living more skilfully, authentically and peacefully.
This workshop is suitable for anyone who is interested in delving deeper in to the science of yoga both on and off the mat.
Please note that while there will be some movement, there will not be a formal physical practice, so it is recommended that you take a class prior to the workshop should you need it.
A mudra is a Hindu or Buddhist gesture or attitude that is devotional and emotional in nature, almost like symbolically saying to the Universe, ‘here, I’m declaring this to you’.
Mudras link pranic flow to the greater Universal energy, they expand chakras and can awaken Kundalini.
They are said to alter your mood and perception, bring about deep awarenesss and unite the layers of the physical, mental and emotional body together. They can be used in conjunction with asana, meditation and pranayama and even in classic Indian dance moves. There are five groups of mudras: hasta (hands), mana (head), kaya (postural), bandha (lock), adhara (perineal). The more commonly practised being hasta or hand mudras. Continue reading
Someone using mala beads
A mantra is a powerful sound, vibration or sacred utterance that is used to tame the wild mind/ego, provide focus and settle the consciousness into a profound state of meditation.
The word mantra itself, roughly translates to “mind/think instrument” and speaks directly to our subconsciousness.
Pratyahara is the fifth limb in Patanjali’s yoga and it means the withdrawal of the senses. It is seen as an inner quest and a form of internalising by ‘freeing the senses from the thraldom of the objects of desire’ (Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar) with the purpose of quietening the mind so much that it is able to perform intense, unbroken concentration. Without these “distractions” of the senses, the mind has the ability to reach the next limb and continue on the yogic path. Continue reading
After consuming yourself with the yamas and niyamas and asana, the next limb
is pranayama. It translates as prana = life force and ayama = extension or expansion.
Pranayama is the controlled breathing practices undertaken in yoga. Prana (life force/vital energy) is controlled, fuelled and enriched through the breath. These practices help activate and cultivate prana throughout the physical body and other pranamaya kosha.
There are four aspects of prana – inhalation, exhalation, inhalation retention and exhalation retention. According to the sutras, kumbhaka (retention) is the focus and the aspiration of controlling our breath. Continue reading