9.30am to 4.30pm with morning and afternoon breaks.
Suitable for beginners
Spend a weekend meditating, relaxing and rejuvenating in the lovely surroundings of Gladstone’s Library.
Recordings that can be used for home practice will be shared at the end of the course.
The course will be facilitated by Lizzie Bhushan & Mary Lindsay-White
Virat Dharana ‘sound of silence’ Meditation
Learn to relax , let go of tension and bring body and mind to harmony and balance.
After the course, meditation recordings for home practice will be shared with you.
The course involves a series of guided Virat Dharana meditation sessions of varying lengths, practiced lying down. Between each session there will be an opportunity to ask questions have a short break. We will have a morning and afternoon tea break and an hour lunch break. The key principles of the technique will be explained throughout the weekend.
Suitable for beginners and as a refresher for those who have already learned.
This is a lying down meditation. Please bring your own yoga mat, blankets and cushion. More information about what to bring will be sent out after booking the course.
What is Virat Dharana?
Virat Dharana is the way to bring the mind and body to a stable and harmonious state. The result is that the practitioner feels mentally and physically rejuvenated and emotionally balanced, equipped to deal with day to day activities with more energy and clarity.
In our lives we often experience stress, fatigue and disharmony at a physical, mental and emotional level, leaving us more open to generating negative reactions such as frustration, agitation or anxiety when difficulties arise in day to day life. The brain is an electrochemical organ and every cell in our body contains numerous electrons. Emotional reactions imbalance our mind-body system and deplete the electrons that are in our cells. The ‘sound of silence’ reduces the noise of the brain so that instead of the usual mind chatter, we can experience deep tranquillity beyond delta brainwave state, known in Sanskrit as ‘Turiya Vasta’. The practice rejuvenates every cell in the body by bringing complete harmony, integration and balance to the entire system. You will leave feeling fresher, lighter and much more relaxed.
Virat Dharana is an ancient practice of meditation that involves supine (lying down) observation of the body guided through chanting in the Indian language of Sanskrit, in which Yoga has been traditionally preserved. During the practice, the Sanskrit words are also translated into English as one takes attention through each part of the body. This is one of the oldest forms of meditation in India, distinct from a Yoga Nidra because of the significance of the sound and its effect on every cell in the body. The chanting is known as ‘the sound of silence’ because it enables the listener to experience profound silence in mind and body. The chanting is subtle and precise and has to be developed over many decades of in-depth training in the ancient traditions of meditation where it has been perfectly preserved by lineages of monks over thousands of years. We are very fortunate to have the guided Virat Dharana recordings of renowned Yogi, Dr Kumar who conveys deep silence in every syllable. It is the pure and silent quality of his mind and expertise in chanting that enables the listener to experience such deep peace when practicing. In Sanskrit, ‘Munni’ means a saint who has silenced the mind. Silence means an absence of vibration, amplitude, wavelength and frequency. In all the oldest spiritual traditions around the world, ancient lineages have preserved the most sacred teachings orally in the form of sound, chants and hymns. The style of chanting used for meditation teaching is called Brahma Vidvara Raga, meaning the secret sounds of silence, for enlightenment. When the one who has experienced this, chants the same letters as his predecessors in the ancient traditions, the same effect is reproduced. Dr Kumar has practiced for the last 45 years across 46 spiritual traditions, in the ancient lineages of Veda, Tantra, Hinduism and Buddhism, including Tibetan systems. To read more about Dr Kumar please visit: http://traditionalyoga.co.uk/dr-a-l-v-kumar/
Accommodation and Meals
Gladstone’s Library offers accommodation and meals. The Gladstone Library restaurant is called “Food for Thought” which serves locally-sourced and freshly cooked lunches including vegetarian options. Please contact them for more information or to book.
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.
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.
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
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