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Berlin Breath Awareness Meditation Course
Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 9:30 am - Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Learn how to observe the natural breath in order to experience inner peace and change the habit patterns of the mind.
Observation of the natural breath has the power to bring balance and harmony to the mind.
The practice is rooted in the traditions from which contemporary models of mindfulness arise and is central to Yoga and Dhamma systems. The teaching is supported by audio recordings of Dr. Kumar that connect us to the origins, traditions and the fundamental principles of the technique. The purpose of this is to maintain the pure science of meditation in order to benefit from it fully and to acknowledge its ethical and philosophical basis. The practice is taught systematically and is supported by explanations, simple theory and group discussion.
A set of home practice recordings are available to all students who complete the course.
Suitable for beginners and as a refresher for those who have already learned
Regular practice of this technique will cultivate
- The release of deep stress
- Mindfulness in the present moment
- Greater concentration and focus
- An increasingly balanced, positive and contented mind
- Increased will power, independence and compassion
- Transformation of unhelpful tendencies of the mind (e.g. negative rumination, anxiety and anger)
- Subtler awareness of self and others
Feedback from previous weekend courses
“My practice has made a big difference in my life and relationships with others. I’m calmer, have better concentration and my perception is greater”
“I find the weekend courses invaluable. The content of the course and explanations, life changing.”
“Through practicing this meditation on a regular basis I feel that my anxiety is becoming less and less an issue and that I deal with my anxiety in a more positive way.”
This course is taught in English by two teachers fluent in German.
9.30am to 4.30pm with morning and afternoon breaks.
Places limited to 20.
The course involves a sequential series of meditation sessions that introduce the technique. Between each session there will be an opportunity to ask questions, have a short break and stretch. We will have a morning and afternoon tea break, serving herbal tea and an hour lunch break. There will be a ‘yoga nidra’ relaxation session after lunch. Theory will be covered through introductory talks and group discussions about the meditation practice will take place throughout the weekend.
The course teaches the progressive steps of the technique that can be continued as a daily practice or used as a basis for working with the mind more deeply on a residential course.
Once you book, we will email you with more information and advice about what to bring. We ask you to bring your own cushions, but chairs will be provided. If you are considering booking and have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Course led by Mary Lindsay-White and Christoph Heintzeler
Mary Lindsay-White has practiced meditation for over 20 years. She has studied with Dr Kumar since 2008 and has experienced profound changes, becoming much more effective in everyday life with greater vitality, concentration and creativity together with a sense of deep peace and contentment. Mary, who has been teaching since 2011, enjoys sharing the benefits of meditation and loves to keep in touch with students and hear how their regular meditation practice is bringing tangible changes. She lives in Bayswater, London and Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire and teaches meditation in both locations as well as at weekend courses throughout the UK including London, North Wales, Cookham and Liverpool. She is a volunteer for The Yoga Healing Foundation.During her 25 years in International Banking and ten years as a trustee for a micro-lending charity, Mary travelled extensively and has worked with people all over the World. She lived in Germany for several years and is fluent in German. Mary is a qualified personal development coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation.
Christoph has been practising Yoga for 30 years in many traditions and is grateful for the knowledge that has been shared with him by renowned teachers in Europe and India. He has been attending retreats with Dr Kumar since 2014 twice a year and has completed an advanced Yoga teacher training course under the guidance of Dr Kumar in Hyderabad in 2015. He is keen to share the deep insight he gained into the Yoga Tradition. Christoph’s health has benefitted enormously from practising Yoga and meditation and the profound changes this has brought to his life. Christoph works with vulnerable adults for a London Local Authority. He lives and teaches yoga and meditation in Central London to individuals and groups.
We have a limited number of bursaries available to cover the course fee for those who are unable to afford this amount. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please contact us for an application form for review by our committee. We encourage bursary students to still make an appropriate donation.
Bursary Application Deadline: Thursday 1st March 2018
Dana, translated as ‘giving’ is the virtue of unconditional generosity and unattached giving through donation to a good cause. Seva, translated as selfless service is an equally important principle in the yoga tradition, based on the value of working for others without expectation of personal reward. The teaching of yoga has for thousands of years been offered on this basis, to allow students the opportunity to cultivate dana, and teachers the opportunity to cultivate seva. Traditional Yoga is committed to following these principles. All our weekend course teachers are volunteers which allows us to run the weekends on a donation basis. Donations are used to sustain the charity, offer bursary places for UK students and support our charitable projects in India. For more information about the charity please click here. In addition to the suggested minimum donation we charge a nominal course fee to cover the costs of running the course.
How to Book
We divide payments into a compulsory Course Fee and a voluntary Suggested Minimum Donation, this is a two step process.
The Course Fee covers the basic costs of running the courses. All Traditional Yoga teachers are volunteers. The Donation recognises the value of the teaching and supports our charitable work in the UK and India. For more information about the charity please click here.
We ask you to please pay by bank transfer. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give you the charities bank account details. Once payment is made we can confirm your place on the course.
Course Fee: €45 (£40) for both days.
Suggested Minimum Donation: €55 (£50)
Please note that confirmation is made manually during office hours. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 9am-5pm and Wednesdays 1pm-5pm.