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Cookham Awareness Meditation Weekend Course, October 2018
October 27 @ 9:30 am - October 28 @ 4:30 pm
Learn how to observe the natural breath in order to experience inner peace and change the habit patterns of the mind.
Meditating on the natural breath has the power to bring balance and harmony to the mind.
This technique, referred to by Patanjali as Prana Samyama is central to Yoga and Buddhist systems.
The teaching is supported by audio recordings by Dr. Kumar.
A home practice recording is 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.”
9.30am to 4.30pm with morning and afternoon breaks.
Places limited to 16.
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.
What to Bring
- A meditation cushion if you have one. Otherwise, two ordinary cushions or pillows. Alternatively, specially designed Meditation cushions can be ordered in advance though our website, please click here.
- Chairs will be available for those who wish to use them.
- A Yoga mat or rug or blanket to lie down on for the ‘Yoga nidra’ relaxation session.
- An eye pillow if you have one.
- A blanket to cover yourself during the Yoga nidra session, as the body temperature tends to cool down.
- A bottle of water.
- Please bring a packed lunch, alternatively there are several shops and cafes just a few minutes walk away.
Course led by Steve Braund and Beatrice Blot
Steve Braund is based in Cornwall and has been practising meditation and yoga with Dr. Kumar for eight years, having meditated in Eastern traditions throughout most of his adult life. Steve says that the benefits of practising this meditation cannot be understated. ‘It enables you to realise that source of inner illumination and deep peace that can help us to be less dependent upon the ever changing and impermanent things we seek happiness through in the external world.’ Outside of meditation Steve is an illustrator and educator by profession, running a Master’s course in Authorial Illustration at Falmouth University and is managing director of the independent publishing company Atlantic Press.
Beatrice is a yoga teacher with 12 years of teaching experience and over 25 years of yoga practice, based in Cookham. Beatrice has trained with a wide range of teachers and completed an advanced teacher training course with Dr Kumar in 2012. Since then she has established a strong meditation practice and regularly attends retreats.
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 11th October 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.
Course Fee: £40 for both days
Suggested Minimum Donation: £50
To pay by cash, bank transfer or cheque please contact us.
Please note that confirmation is made manually during office hours. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 9am-5pm and Wednesdays 1pm-5pm.
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.