London Awareness Meditation Weekend Course, November 2018
November 24 @ 9:30 am - November 25 @ 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.
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.
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 Natasha Curran and Flavia Munn
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.
Flavia has been practising yoga for around 15 years, and qualified as a teacher in 2014.
She first took to yoga as a physical practice to support her long-distance running, but soon discovered its benefits to mental health and wellbeing. When yoga helped her to overcome a period of anxiety, Flavia was hooked. This experience led her to pursue teacher training with YogaCampus in London. Flavia teaches dynamic hatha yoga in workplaces and community settings, and is also a registered teen yoga and mindfulness teacher specialising in teaching yoga to teens (age 10 – 18) and has taught this meditation technique to them (in an accessible form). She has had a meditation practice for around 8 years, and in 2016 became an accredited Traditional Yoga teacher.
Flavia combines teaching yoga with a career as a freelance health journalist, and is a regular health and wellbeing blogger.She is also a fundraiser for the mental health charity Mind, and a volunteer with the Teen Yoga Foundation, which supports the wellbeing of young people through yoga practice, research and events.
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: 1st November 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.
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
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.