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. 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 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.
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.”
Course led by Steve Braund & Anna Butler
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.
Now very much inspired and motivated by the positive changes in her ability to mindfully respond rather than react to life, Anna trained as Traditional Yoga meditation teacher in the summer of 2017 in order to share this beautifully simple technique with others.
After living ‘happily’ with underlying stress and anxiety for most of her life, a sudden physical and emotional shut down in 2015 caused Anna to invest time in really understanding how individuals can make significant changes to their own health and wellbeing. She believes in health and wellbeing without borders and is committed to sharing the tools available to us all, for the benefit of all. Anna is also a qualified NADA protocol acupuncturist and particularly appreciates the ‘community clinic’ and ‘gift economy’ that both practices embody.
Accommodation and Meals
Beetroot Sauvage has a lovely garden and a vegan cafe below for lunches.
We have a number of bursary places that are funded by the charity to cover the Course Fee for anyone who is unable to meet the cost. If you would like to apply for a bursary please contact us for an application form.
Occasionally, students have to give up their bursary for extenuating circumstances, so please contact us if you would like to be considered but have missed the deadline.
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
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STEP 2. Suggested Minimum Donation £50
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