Workshops

Weekend Workshop, Ashtanga Yoga Essex

Pranayama, chanting, Mysore Practice & 2 day Sthira & Sukham in Primary Series

They will be helping us reinvent our asana practice by improving our understanding of anatomy.
They will guide us through breathing practices, chanting and yogic philosophy so that we may also learn techniques they have picked up through decades of experience.
Dr. Rob and Tara will review the postures based on four spine positions in the Ashtanga sequence (flexion, extension, lateral, twist).

They will also help us appreciate…
– The regions of the spine, their movement and limitations
– The design of the spine and intervertebral discs
– Postural modifications that provide a safe and more accessible practice
– Common injuries (and how to avoid them)

Schedule for the 2 days Pranayama & Chanting
– 7:00am Mysore style practic
– 8:30am Sthira & Sukham Workshop – 12:00pm

Email: [email protected] to join!

Intro to Sāṁkhya Philosophy

led by Dr. Vigneswar Bhat

Yoga Philosophy is deeply rooted in ancient Sāṁkhya Philosophy as expressed in the sutras of the Tattva Samasa (considered to be the base text and foundation of yoga). Examining these sutras, where yoga philosophy is clearly laid out, enables the reader to deepen their understanding and the science behind the state of highest existence, called yoga. Sāṁkhya of sage Kapila is one of the six systems (darshans) of Indian philosophy. Samyak means balanced, kya means knowledge. In this course, we will be chanting the Tattva Samasa and will review the philosophical reflection.

This course sheds light on The Entire Human System Puruṣa and Prakṛti

Sundays ~ October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

2:30pm CET / 1:30pm BST / 6:00 pm IST

Mantrapushpam Chanting

4 Weeks Course

Mantrapuspam – The flower of the Vedas

Traditionally this Vedic hymn is chanted at the end of a ceremony as a final offering with flowers. The essence of the Vedas can be experienced through this chant. Moving through the various elements that surround us; water, fire, wind, sun, moon, stars…

This mantra is from the Taittiriya Aranyakam of the Yajur Veda.

We will be going through the chant and learning it word by word, verse by verse following the rules of Vedic chanting. Understanding that this is only which is experienced and not translated therefore we will conclude the class with a discussion around the deeper ideas or concepts around this piece. 

Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm CET / 3:00pm-4:00pm UK

September 29 – October 30

Adi Sankaracharya’s Guru Ashtakam April 4 weeks

“The lotus feet of the Guru are a mystical source of grace and illumination and symbolize the state of oneness with the Absolute in which the Guru is established. By keeping our mind focused on the Guru and on the Guru’s teachings, we open ourselves to receive the Guru’s grace. In this way, we can discover and become immersed in the fullness of that state of oneness within our own being. On the occasion of Gurupurnima, reciting and reflecting on the Guror Aṣṭakam are excellent ways to honor Shri Guru, who dwells within us as our very own Self.”

Wednesdays 4pm CET / 3pm UK / 7am PST 

April 7, 14, 21, 28 

50 euros for all 4 classes

Fine Tune Your Śanti Mantra Chanting March 24 & 31

for those that have studied with me or are familiar with the śanti mantras below but would like to deepen and clean up their practice. 

Sahana Vavatu 
Asato Ma 
Śam no Mitra 
Bhadram Karnebhih 

When you experience sadness, confusion or challenges, Śanti mantras can be a wonderful way to refresh and release any residual that mind and body may be carrying. Each of the three śantis chanted (peace) represent and clear the disturbance from the 3 realms (Tāpatraya)…  

Ādhyātmika — the disturbances caused by internal factors. Stemming from the self.  

Ādhibhoutika — the disturbances caused by physical forces such as earthquakes etc. 

Ādhidaivika — the disturbances caused by Karmic factors or unseen forces from the Divine.  

Two Wednesday’s at 4pm CET / 3pm UK / 7am PST  

March 24th & 31st ~ 40 euros for 2 classes and one 30 minute private session to review the chant of your choice.  

painting by Claudia Tremblay 

FEBRUARY / MARCH

 

On the darkest night of the year, the 14th night of the lunar month & the night before the new moon (March 11) we celebrate the Grace of Shiva, the one who is considered the Adi yogi, or the first yogi. 

Maha Shivaratri which means “the Great Night of Shiva” and it is said that, “the planetary positions on this night are such that there is a powerful natural upsurge of energy in the human system. It is considered as a sacred day for physical and spiritual growth. 

To prepare for this powerful night we will be chanting these two Stotras over the next 6 weeks. 

śivamānasa pōjā – 3 classes ~ Feb, 3, 10, 17

liṅgāṣṭakam – 3 classes ~ Feb 24, March 3 & 10 

We end the 6 weeks with a discussion on what practices can be followed on Maha Shivratri, March 11th. 

3 classes – 35 euros / 45 usd 
or 
6 classes ~ 60 euros/ 75 usd 

To join the classes please email me using the link above.  

I am honored to share the teachings of my teachers with you. 💙

 

JANUARY

 
It is said that starting out the new year with devotion to the Surya (the sun) & Ganesha (the remover of obstacles) is a powerful way to start the year. Therefore, January Chanting classes we be…
 
 
Japa for Surya 108 + Study the root of Sanskrit Pronunciation 
This Japa gets us ready to move into deeper pronunciation while bringing in the powerful and calming energy of the sun. 
In accordance to the RigVeda (the oldest known Sanskrit text) the Sun is the divine healer. 
Begin to study the root of Sanskrit Pronunciation 
 
~ class 1 & 2 
January 6 & 13
 
 
Sankaṭa nāśana gaṇēśa stōtram 
5 verses (we will learn this chant throughly) + Continue to Study the root of Sanskrit Pronunciation 
 
This potent Ganesha Stotram comes from Narada Purana and is said to free us from sadness while removing all obstacles. 
 
~ class 3 & 4 
January 20 & 27 
 
Wednesday’s at 4pm CET / 3pm UK / 7am PST
 
All 4 classes ~ 40 euros/ 50 usd, January 6, 13,20 & 27 
 
 
January 28
 
Full Moon Sound Healing Session ~ Temple of Singing Bowls Mysore, India 
 
Thursday at 5pm CET  / 4pm UK /  8am PST
15 euros / 19 usd 
 
 
All classes will take place via zoom 

 

Hanuman Chalisa

8 classes starting Nov 28

 

Classes will twice a week on Tuesday’s & Saturday’s for 4 weeks. All classes are recorded incase you miss a class you can watch it at your leisure. 6am PST / 9am EST / 3pm UK / 4pm (France/ Italy/ Spain), 8:30pm IST.

I am thrilled to offer you this 8 class course on the Hanuman Chalisa led by my beloved music teacher Ranjini Koushik from Mysore, India. 

Ranjini has over 30 years of experience in the world of Carnatic Music and has been teaching students at various levels from around the world. She came from four generations of scholars and grew up with her sisters learning classical music and chanting. 

She is proficient in teaching Carnatic Classical, Bhakti Shlokas, Bhajans and Nama Sankeertanas. The Hanuman Chalisa ~  40 stanzas in praise of Hanuman. An expression of his love through self-service. 

Hanuman is known as Rama’s great devotee and one of the central characters in the well known epic, the Ramayana. He is the embodiment of strength, courage, wisdom, faith, surrender, and devotion and that whoever chants to him will carry these traits. 

Chanting of Hanuman Chalisa regularly purifies both the body and mind, nurtures inner strength and courage, wards of negativity and arguments, promotes harmony and is incredibly uplifting.  


79 usd for all 8 classes. 🙏🏽💖

To register email [email protected] 🕊

𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦

 

4-week 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘍𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘕𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 6 – 𝘛𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘋𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 1

Classes will be on Tuesday’s & Friday’s from 4-5pm- GMT (Italy) ‪

The classes will be 89 USD for all 8 classes. (I have tried to make the price as accessible as possible for everyone). ‬ ‪

As always, I will be offering one free scholarship to someone. More to come!