Edinburgh Awareness Meditation Weekend
May 12 @ 9:30 am - May 13 @ 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 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.
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.
- A Yoga mat or rug or blanket to lie down on for the ‘Yoga nidra’ relaxation session.
- A blanket to cover yourself during the Yoga nidra session, as the body temperature tends to cool down.
- Optional eye pillow for yoga nidra if you have one.
- A bottle of water.
- Please bring a packed lunch.
- Please try not to wear any highly perfumed products. Thank you.
Chairs will be available for those who wish to use them.
Course led by Natasha Curran & Christoph Heintzeler
Natasha has practised yoga regularly for over ten years. She qualified as a teacher with Sivananda in 2012 and from yoga asana practice became interested in meditation. She attends Dr Kumar’s meditation retreats twice a year and began teaching meditation in 2014. Professionally, Natasha is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at University College London Hospitals and believes in an approach which integrates “Western” (or allopathic) medicine with other therapies to provide truly holistic patient-centred care. She is currently completing a Masters in Nutritional Medicine.
Natasha is based in Central London.
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 26th April 2018
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
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.