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. 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.
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.
We believe that an awareness of the original philosophical and ethical context is fundamental to a good understanding of meditation practice. The natural breath is taught alongside a compassion based meditation to cultivate love and goodwill.
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.
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 Christoph Heintzeler and Natasha Curran
Christoph has been practising Yoga for 30 years in many traditions and is grateful for the knowledge that has been shared with him by renowned teachers in Europe and India. He has been attending retreats with Dr Kumar since 2014 twice a year and has completed an advanced Yoga teacher training course under the guidance of Dr Kumar in Hyderabad in 2015. He is keen to share the deep insight he gained into the Yoga Tradition. Christoph’s health has benefitted enormously from practising Yoga and meditation and the profound changes this has brought to his life. Christoph works with vulnerable adults for a London Local Authority. He lives and teaches yoga and meditation in Central London to individuals and groups.
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.
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. The process is very easy.
Bursary application deadline: 19th January 2019
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
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Course Fee: £40 for both days
Suggested Minimum Donation: £50
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