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Farnham Awareness Meditation Weekend Course, October 2018
October 6 @ 9:30 am - October 7 @ 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.
Why meditate on the natural breath?
Because the observed breath (prana) travels to every cell in the body bringing harmony and health.
Because observation of the breath enables mindfulness of the present, not just at the surface but at three levels of the mind, the conscious, subconsious and unconscious minds bringing deep transformation.
Because observation of the breath bathes the mind and frees it from the accumulated reactions that build up through our lives.
Have you ever noticed your breath when you’re anxious or upset? If so, you’ll probably notice that its very different to when you are happy and relaxed.This is because the breath is connected to the mind and the body. What is happening in the mind is reflected in our breath. This connection makes the natural breath an effective focal point for a meditation practice. The breath is a neutral meditation object – there is no liking or disliking of it, there is nothing to react to.
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.
All Traditional Yoga weekend courses are led by experienced teachers who have undergone extensive training and choose to teach on a voluntary basis. Their support enables us to reinvest funds back into the charity to support our charitable programs and bursaries.
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.
‘The breath awareness technique has enabled me to go with the flow of life, rather than worry about what may or may not happen. It has made me so much calmer in potentially stressful situations and really able to live in the present moment, rather than the past or future. Wonderful things happen to me – new opportunities – through continuing to practice this meditation. I also know that if I slip in my practice or need further support then I have a whole network of supportive friends to turn to.’
-Flavia Munn, Health journalist and yoga teacher
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 Lizzie Bhushan and Vanessa Nelson
Lizzie Bhushan has been meditating for over 45 years and teaching meditation since 2011. She helped establish the Yoga Healing Foundation 10 years ago and is a trustee of the charity. As a result of experiencing profound changes in her life after learning meditation with Dr Kumar, she wishes to help others gain the enormous benefits that this particular technique offers. She has worked in education for 40 years, has taught in a range of settings including Adult Education, the Hospital Education Service, children with emotional and behavioural problems as well as both secondary and primary education. She is based in East London and currently teaching children with special needs in Tower Hamlets.
Vanessa has practiced yoga for the past fourteen years and trained as a teacher with Seasonal Yoga in 2014. She lives near Farnham in Surrey and teaches mixed ability classes. She became interested in meditation and was introduced to Traditional Yoga by a fellow teacher. She attended her first Awareness Meditation weekend at the beginning of 2015 taught by Anna Bhushan and Natasha Curran as well as a workshop with Dr. Kumar later the same year. Inspired by the teachers, Dr. Kumar’s vast knowledge and experience and the ethos of the Yoga Healing Foundation, she trained as a Traditional Yoga teacher in July 2016. She loves sharing the positive and life affirming benefits of this technique with her students. Vanessa says that since practicing in this tradition she has felt a sense of inner harmony, feels less stressed and is a better mum.
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: Thursday 16th 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.
Course Fee: £40
Suggested Minimum Donation: £50
To pay by cash, bank transfer or cheque please contact us.
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STEP 1. Course Fee
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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.