London Awareness Meditation Weekend Course
June 17 @ 9:30 am - June 18 @ 4:30 pm
A weekend of guided meditation at The Bhavan, a quiet space in the heart of London. Learn how to observe the natural breath in order to experience inner peace.
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
Benefits of this technique include
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.
Plenty of places to find lunch nearby, alternatively please feel free to bring a packed lunch.
Course led by Lizzie Bhushan and Steve Braund
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.
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.
All Traditional Yoga weekend courses are led by experienced teachers who have undergone extensive training and choose to teach on a voluntary basis. Seva, translated as selfless service is an important principle in the yoga tradition. Their support enables the charity to offer courses at a low cost and to bring the benefits of meditation to as many people as possible.
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.
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: £30 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.