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Brighton Awareness Meditation Weekend Course-October 2018
Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 9:30 am - Sunday, October 14, 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.
Suitable for beginners and as a refresher for those who have already learned.
Our mental and emotional state is always reflected in the breath. When we observe the breath, we are observing the fluctuations of the mind. When we are agitated so is the breath. When we are at peace, so is the breath. Through meditating on the natural breath we strengthen the conscious mind and cultivate its ability to be aware. Without awareness we cannot bring about change.
Over time in observing the natural breath, we notice our breath calms as does our mind. By bringing ourselves to a state of calm awareness, we can then work to transform the deeper-rooted habits patterns of the mind that may be blocking our full potential and our full happiness.
The practice is rooted in the traditions from which contemporary models of mindfulness arise and is central to Yoga and Dhamma systems. The method we teach is followed by a compassion based meditation to cultivate love and goodwill. When practiced regularly, these techniques can help to change the way we respond to life’s events and bring balance and harmony to the mind.
Audio recordings guided by Dr. Kumar connect us to the origins, traditions and the fundamental principles of the technique. A home practice App is available to all students who complete the course.
We teach to the highest standards and believe that an awareness of the original philosophical and ethical context is fundamental to a good understanding of meditation practice.
The practice is taught systematically and is supported by explanations, simple theory and group discussion.
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.
Course led by Debs Butler and Karolina Raczynska
Debs began meditating in 2008 and has practiced under the guidance of Dr Kumar since 2016. Believing meditation can have a place in everyone’s life and having observed the positive benefits on herself and others she is committed to making the technique and teachings accessible and available to as many people as possible.
In Worthing where Debs lives she is Director of We Are FoodPioneers CIC – a social enterprise building community through shared food experiences, she works as a Relationship Manager at the Arts Council England and recently qualified as a Personal Development Coach.
Karolina has been practicing meditation under the guidance of Dr Kumar since 2009. During this time she has attended numerous intensive meditation retreats in UK and India, which have enabled her to establish a strong meditation practice. She is now very happy to share her knowledge with others. Karolina is a certified Yoga Teacher with Traditional Yoga, and an Ayurvedic medicine practitioner. She has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Ayurvedic medicine from Middlesex University in London. Her clinical experience has been developed in various Ayurvedic hospitals and clinics in India. Karolina is based in North London.
All Traditional Yoga weekend courses are led by experienced teachers who have undergone extensive training and choose to teach on a voluntary basis. Seva, translated as selfless service is an important principle in the yoga tradition. Their support enables the charity to offer courses at a low cost and to bring the benefits of meditation to as many people as possible.
The Loft at Little Dippers
42 Upper Gardner Street
The City of Brighton and Hove
We have a 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, you are very welcome to contact us for an application form.
Bursary Application Deadline: 25th September 2018
We divide payments into a compulsory Course Fee and a voluntary Suggested Minimum Donation. To understand why, please read on.
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 and so we do not charge a compulsory fee for the teaching. All our weekend course teachers are volunteers which allows us to run the weekends on a donation basis and we rely on your donations in order to continue.
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.
Course Fee: £40
Suggested Minimum Donation: £50
STEP 1. Course Fee
Please click below to make a payment of the course fee.
STEP 2. Suggested Minimum Donation £50
Please make a donation in recognition of the teaching and to support our charitable projects in India and the UK.
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