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I am thrilled to announce that Master Yoga Teacher Sudhir Rishi, and his wife Veena will be visiting London from India in June and we will be co-facilitating a weekend of yoga workshops at Coate Studios in Hackney, London. A former monk, with over 20 years of study and practical experience in yoga, Sudhir will be running the philosophy elements of the workshops.  I will be leading the asana (physical yoga poses) element of the sessions on Saturday and Sunday. We invite you for a wonderful weekend of beautiful yoga practice and discourse with a pure intention of learning and togetherness!  

Friday 9 June 14:30 -16:15
CHANTING CLASS (with Sudhir)

"Mantra" means that which protects by repetition. In mantra chanting, most ancient and proven sound symbols are chanted with proper pronunciation and intonation. This is done to create a positive energy, vibration and aura in the body and mind, as well as harmonizing and promoting physical and mental wellbeing. 

In this session, Different Mantras and small verses are to be taught properly. The meaning and mythology behind them will be explained. 

Fee: £10
Tickets are available HERE:

 

Friday 9 June 
EVENING RECEPTION (with Sudhir and Namita)16:30 – 18:30 and SATSANG 18:45 to 20:45 (with Sudhir)

Satsang is a Sanskrit term defined as “gathering together for the truth” or more simply “being with the truth”. Within the yogic tradition, spiritual discourse in the form of questions and answers with master teachers has long been used as a means for untangling life’s big (and small) questions in order to spark spiritual insight.  
In this open session, we will meet for informal questions and answers with Sudhir Rishi, covering a variety of topics on spirituality and yoga. We invite all participants to come with an inquisitive mind and an open heart!  

There will be an informal reception before the satsang begins. The venue will be open from 16:30 and tea and light refreshments will be available. 

Fee: Donation based
Tickets are available HERE:



Saturday 10 June 09:45 – 13:15
INVOKING BALANCE AND JOY AMIDST CHAOS (PART 1) (with Sudhir and Namita)

Life can seem chaotic! Working and living in a fast paced city, complex interpersonal relationships, global politics, combined with societal and self imposed pressures can sometimes lead to a sense of feeling out of control! We will learn that a busy life is not a problem! In fact, a full and busy life can become all the more interesting, providing bountiful opportunities for learning and spiritual growth, as long as we are equipped with the appropriate tools. This workshop aims at imparting fundamental principles and techniques for invoking inner balance and joy.

This session will include asana (physical yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, and yoga philosophy applied to real life situations. This workshop is open to all levels of yoga practitioner, including complete beginners.

Fee: £30 earlybird rate until 10 May, £35 thereafter  
Tickets are available HERE



Saturday 10 June 14:45 – 18:15
INVOKING BALANCE AND JOY AMIDST CHAOS (PART 2) – BREAKING OLD PATTERNS (with Sudhir and Namita)

In this afternoon session, we will recognise conscious and unconscious destructive behaviours that that can cause feelings of loss of peace and joy. We will then consider and apply principles and techniques for breaking old dysfunctional habit patterns. When there is no internal peace then real love is not possible. We will discuss and meditate on practical tools to help us to discover inner balance and joy. 

This session will include asana (physical yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, and yoga philosophy applied to real life situations. This workshop is open to all levels of yoga practitioner, including complete beginners.  

Fee: £30 earlybird rate until 10 May, £35 thereafter  
Tickets are available HERE



Sunday 11 June 09:45 – 13:15
THE POWER OF INDIAN SPIRITUALITY AND INVOKING THE TRUE SPIRIT OF YOGA (with Sudhir and Namita)

Yoga is not just asanas or exercises. It is MUCH more. It's about experiencing unconditional and uninterrupted joy, which is the true nature of the self. This workshop aims at imparting the transformative power of the many facets of yoga. Key sources of yogic knowledge including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads will be summarised and their practical application will be considered, alongside the spirit of Non-Dual philosophy of Advaita Vedanta. 

This session will include asana (physical yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, and yoga philosophy applied to real life situations. This workshop is open to all levels of yoga practitioner, including complete beginners.  

Fee: £30 earlybird rate until 10 May, £35 thereafter  
Tickets are available HERE



Sunday 11 June 14:45 – 18:15
SELF ACCEPTANCE, NON-JUDGMENT AND SELF HEALING (with Sudhir and Namita)

"We can give to others only what we have. We can't give what we don't have." If we want to love others, we should first have love in our hearts. Self acceptance, self love and self non-judgment are all intimately connected to self healing. This workshop aims at bringing awareness to beliefs, values and concepts which may be hurtful to us. We will learn to let go of these negative mental constructs and discuss practical steps to initiate self healing. 

This session will include asana (physical yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, and yoga philosophy applied to real life situations. This workshop is open to all levels of yoga practitioner, including complete beginners.  

Fee: £30 earlybird rate until 10 May, £35 thereafter  
Tickets are available HERE



About Sudhir Rishi and Veena :
Born and raised in India, Sudhir Rishi worked as an engineer and quality manager before becoming a monk in order to try and answer the big questions including: What is the meaning of Life? Why are we here? He studied Indian scriptures, carried out austerities, practiced teachings and explored the emotional world thoroughly. After two decades dedicated to the applied study of Yoga and Indian Spirituality, he felt a duty to start sharing his learnings with others. 

Sudhir is the Director of Sampoorna Yoga School, a highly regarded Yoga Teacher Training school in Goa, India. Leading the school’s much loved philosophy, meditation and pranayama classes, Sudhir has taught thousands yoga students and teachers from all over the world. He is passionate about making his life changing and life-affirming findings accessible and understandable to all through the use of real-life examples and humorous analogies.  

Sudhir’s wife Veena, a software professional, has also been a student and practitioner of meditation, healing and spirituality for over twenty years. A font of knowledge in her own right, Veena’s teachings can best be studied through observing her daily practice and the way she lives (in gentle joyfulness!).

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Workshop: 'Natarajasana: Myth, Freedom, Flexibility'

Date and time: 13 November 2016, 10:30 - 12:30

Location: Victor's Lab, the Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST, London, UK

All levels of practitioner welcome, except for complete beginners

 

A two hour yoga and meditation workshop inspired by Natarajasana, the Lord of the Dance pose. We will weave the story and mythology of Nataraja (an avatar of Lord Shiva - a Hindu Deity, known as the supreme yogi - the cosmic dancer who performs to destroy a weary universe and prepare for its renewal), into a strong heart opening vinyasa flow practice and guided meditation, drawing from the lessons to be learned from this divine dance of Shiva. The practice will close with a guided yoga nidra practice.  

 

This workshop will be led alongside another senior yoga teacher, (the inspiring, hilarious and wise beyond her years) Izzy Arcoleo. We will explore the story behind the pose, some new techniques to open up the body to enter this pose safely and with correct alignment, and of course, great music and laughs are guaranteed!

Workshop: 'Setting new intentions on the Autumn Equinox'  

Date and time: 24 September 2016, 15:00 - 17:00

Location: Katarina Bangata 21, Stockholm / Studio Yoga Inuti, Stockholm, Sweden

All levels of practitioner welcome

Let us honor the Autumn Equinox – when day and night are almost equal length, and northern and summer hemispheres of the Earth are equally illuminated-  by creating more balance in the mind and body and setting new intentions for the season ahead.

We will begin with a short guided, seated meditation to set our intentions followed by an intelligently sequenced vinyasa flow class to open up, and find balance in the body. The workshop will conclude with 30 minutes of yoga nidra – a very powerful practice of ‘yogic sleep’ where we will re-affirm our intentions through the practice of creating a 'sankalpa'.

This workshop is in collaboration with Swedish Lifestyle website, Best of You.  

© 2016 Namita Sharma 

All photography by Barry Cho

 

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