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Farnham Awareness Meditation Weekend Course
June 10 @ 9:30 am - June 11 @ 4:30 pm
Learn how to observe the natural breath in order to experience inner peace and to change negative thought patterns.
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 has been found to 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.
- A bottle of water.
- There aren’t any shops within walking distance of the venue but there is a pub just around the corner if you wish to buy lunch. Alternatively, please bring a packed lunch.
Course led by Natasha Curran and Vanessa Nelson
Dr Natasha Curran
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.
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 three bursaries places available to cover the course fee for this weekend course. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please don’t hesitate to contact us for an application form.
Donation and course fee
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.
This is a two step process, we appreciate your patience. In the spirit if yoga, we invite you to make the suggested minimum donation using the Total Giving payment button below. In addition to this, please make a payment of the course fee. If you would prefer to pay by cash or cheque please contact us.
Course Fee: £30 for both days.
Suggested Minimum Donation: £50
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