Events

Hatha Yoga and Shamanic Drumming Sound Healing Workshop

The Jamyang Buddhist Centre
Ingram Road, Leeds, LS11 9RQ

Sunday October 27 2019
2-5pm
£20

Join us for this transformative Hatha Yoga and Shamanic Drumming workshop with Amanda Kitchen, from Pura Vida Holistic Therapies, and Rick & Sheila Blackwell, from Spirit of The Sacred Drum.

The event will begin with hatha yoga suitable for all abilities, followed by a short break. The session will then continue with Shamanic Drumming and relaxation to close the session.

Amanda works as a yoga teacher, clinical aromatherapist and complimentary therapist. She is passionate about being able to equip people with the tools and techniques yoga provides so they can use them as a mechanism to help them deal with the stresses, strains and challenges that life can all too often throw at them.

In this workshop, Amanda will be focusing on the Earth Element – prithivi and asanas (postures) to ground and balance the mind and body – perfect for the Autumn months. The transition from Summer to Autumn and the change in the weather can often leave us feeling unbalanced, ungrounded and a little stressed. The earth element is associated with the first Chakra – Muladhara or root chakra, located in the base of the spine. This element and chakra are associated with security, safety and stability. When the earth element is balanced you feel confident, grounded, flexible, safe, resilient and strong.

Rick and Sheila Blackwell are Shamanic Practitioners who studied at ‘The Warrior in the Heart Foundation’ based in Glastonbury. They practice both traditional and modern approaches to Shamanism and are based in Yorkshire. Their spiritual path has led them to a deeper understanding of the connection between Humanity, Nature and the Universe and that we are all as one; the understanding of which is at the core of Shamanic Practice. The aim of the Shamanic Path is to reach a state of oneness which is called the ‘awakening’ and with the help of our spirit guides, we can bring back Wisdom, Guidance and Healing for ourselves, for others and for all creation.

We aim to deliver something which will incorporate the use of the Spirit Flute, Frame Drum and Rattles. We will lead attendees into the experience of Shamanic Journeying, to connect with power animals/guides as a method of empowerment, healing and grounding. Chants are often used, and are by and large traditional Native American in origin, with some exceptions, and have a deeply spiritual/naturalistic content.

We live in a fast paced, technology led world, so taking time out just for you and experiencing this session will leave the mind and body feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Join us for this lovely workshop, everyone welcome!

For booking, please contact:
Jan McGuire
07512393228
jan.mcguire.headspace@gmail.com

For further details about Rick & Sheila Blackwell, from Spirit of The Sacred Drum, please see below;
https://www.facebook.com/spiritofthesacreddrum/

Hatha Yoga and Crystal Bowl Sound Bath Healing Meditation

Denby Dale Methodist Church
Cumberworth Lane, Denby Dale, Huddersfield, HD8 8QS

Sunday November 3 2019
2-4.30pm
£22

Crystal Bowl Healing sounds meditation

Join Amanda and Joanne for this transformative Hatha yoga and Crystal Bowl Sound Bath Healing Meditation event.

HATHA YOGA

The event will begin with an hour of Hatha yoga by Amanda Kitchen which will be suitable for all abilities as alternatives and modifications will be given.

Amanda will be focusing on the Earth Element – prithvi and asanas (postures) to ground and balance the mind and body – perfect for the Autumn months as the transition from Summer to Autumn and the change in the weather can often leave us feeling unbalanced, ungrounded and a little stressed. The earth element is associated with the first Chakra – Muladhara or root chakra located in the base of the spine. This element and chakra are associated with security, safety and stability. When the earth element is balanced you feel confident, grounded, flexible, safe, resilient and strong.

The Hatha yoga will begin with 10 minutes of pranayama (breath work) to settle and ground you on the mat followed by a nourishing twenty minute warm up which will lead into the main asana (postures) section where Amanda will be focusing on forward bends to allow the mind and body to relax, standing and balance postures to ground and build strength and stability and twists to help cleanse and release toxins from the body. A 10 minute cool down will lead into some further pranayama to cultivate a calm, steady mind in preparation for the Crystal Bowl Sound Bath Healing Meditation.

CRYSTAL BOWL SOUND BATH HEALING MEDITATION

Connect to the calm within as you relax, let go and move beyond thought with the healing sounds of the Crystal and Tibetan singing bowls.

A Sound Bath Meditation is an immersion in beautiful vibrations that are healing for your body, mind and spirit. It is a deeply relaxing, meditative experience which can take you on a journey of self discovery.

What happens in the session:
The fully tuned crystal bowls assist with clearing blockages in the flow of your energy and harmonise and rebalance the body on all levels.

The healing frequencies and vibrations will help remove your stress, tension, and cares. You may experience a profound sense of peace and well-being. All you have to do is lie down and allow this to happen.

What to wear:
comfortable clothing.

What to bring:
A yoga mat if you have one. All other yoga props will be provided.
Cushions and blankets to make a cosy cocoon for yourself so you are as comfortable as possible for an hour laying down.
Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of the event to allow yourself time to settle into your space.

Sound meditation may not be suitable if you are:

  • Pregnant (1st trimester)
  • Wear certain hearing aids
  • Have a pacemaker
  • You suffer from seizures

Refreshments will be served after the event and are included in the price.

£22.00 payable in advance by either cash or BACS. PM Amanda Kitchen for bank details.

Cancellation: Places can be cancelled provided 48 hours notice is given. Cancellations of less than 48 hours notice are non-refundable.

We look forward to seeing you on 3 November 2019.

Namaste

Amanda and Joanne

Pura Vida Yoga and Holistic Hungarian Retreat at Hullam Villa

13 – 18 September 2020

5 nights

Spaces for 14 people

From £425 per person

Yoga Retreat

We invite you to leave the stresses of the world behind. Pause and make time just for you to reflect and transform your body and mind. Relax, rejuvenate and heal your body by immersing yourself in our yoga retreat. Learn how to connect your mind with the body, breath, emotions and soul and enjoy the magic of nature at Lake Balaton in this little-known beautiful gem of a place.

Hullam Villa’s relaxing Mediterranean atmosphere offers the perfect location for this yoga and holistic retreat. Their bright Mandala yoga studio (40m²) with its large windows overlooking the lavender garden is the perfect place to practice yoga. The Villa’s spacious pool-side terrace or the green garden is also an ideal place for open-air yoga sessions, weather permitting to open our senses and free our bodies and minds.

An opportunity is available to sail on the waters of Lake Balaton and let the wind sweep through your hair, blowing the cobwebs away or hire a bike and cycle along the shores of lake Balaton.

Visit the Stupa at Zalaszanto and experience the surreal energy that has been created by its magnificent presence and afterwards, bathe in the thermal waters at Heviz, Europe’s largest natural spa to soothe, heal and restore our bodies and minds.

Hullam Villa is a charming “green” hotel nestled in the natural heart of Lake Balaton. Their lavender-scented garden on the shore of the Lake, cosy guestrooms and warm hospitality are certain to make your stay in Hullam Villa a very special one.

Hullam Villa is a charming “green” hotel nestled in the natural heart of Lake Balaton. Their lavender-scented garden on the shore of the Lake, cosy guestrooms and warm hospitality are sure to make your stay in Hullam Villa a very special one.

The day will begin with a cup of ayurvedic tea followed by an early morning yoga class including spending time in pranayama (breathing techniques) to connect our mind with our breath and calm and energise the body. We will practice meditation to awaken our senses, build resilience and find inner peace, happiness and joy.

A fine buffet breakfast will then be served and for lunch, fresh salads and bread. In the evening, a delicious three-course organic vegetarian dinner will be served to nourish ourselves. Their fresh, nutritionally balanced ingredients are sourced from the best local and sustainable producers, farmers and growers and are home cooked. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.

This special Pura Vida yoga and holistic retreat includes the following:

  • Yoga classes with Amanda
  • Meditation and pranayama workshops
  • Morning tea
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Three-course organic vegetarian dinner
  • Reverse osmosis filtered drinking water
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Treatment room – 1 x holistic therapy treatment
  • Accommodation in twin/double rooms with private bathrooms (fridge, LED-TV, free WiFi, air-conditioning, security box
  • Shuttle bus from Budapest Airport and return
  • Day excursion to a Stupa (Buddhist Temple) at Zalaszanto and Europe’s largest natural spa in Heviz.
  • Please note travel insurance is not included

A full itinerary will be available nearer the time, but the agenda is very relaxed. Spend time with like-minded people, each person contributing their own uniqueness in a community we can safely let go of that which no longer serves us and embrace the things we love. Take yourself on a unique journey of self-discovery in this extra special place

COST: £425.00 per person

Single room surcharge applies of £25.47 per night

Flights and travel insurance not included.

Bike hire is available at a cost of 7 euros per day.

Sailing on Lake Balaton (extra cost. Prices to follow)

A non-refundable deposit of £100.00 secures your place.

CANCELLATION

60 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL DATE, A CANCELLATION FEE OF 15% OF THE TOTAL COST APPLIES

FROM THE 59TH DAY TO THE 30TH DAY BEFORE ARRIVAL DATE, A CENCELLATION FEE OF 50% OF THE TOTAL COST APPLIES

FROM THE 29TH DAY BEFORE ARRIVAL DATE, THE WHOLE COST IS PAYABLE

HOLISTIC THERAPY TREATMENTS

Choose one 45 minute treatment from the following:

  • Back massage choosing from Swedish or Aromatherapy.
  • Back of body deep tissue massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Holistic Face Life Massage
  • Reflexology

(See treatment menu for descriptions of treatments)

The yoga we will explore will predominantly be Hatha based but we will also explore elements of Vinyasa flow.

HATHA YOGA

Hatha Yoga works at a slower pace and works with individual postures and includes pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation and relaxation.   It is ideal for those beginning their yoga journey and who are newer to yoga or for those who want to improve their practice.

Classes will begin with some pranayama to settle you on the mat and connect your mind with your breath and body followed by a nourishing warm up leading into an energising asana practice (postures) to improve your flexibility, stability, strength and muscle tone.  Awaken your senses with a guided, restorative savasana (relaxation) followed by a guided meditation to cultivate a calm, steady mind and connect with your inner-self and boost feelings of wellbeing and happiness.

VINYASA FLOW YOGA

Vinyasa flow is a dynamic, creative style of yoga in which the asana (postures) are linked together and synchronised with a yogic breath. This style of yoga allows you to feel the physical power of a yoga practice. When we begin to move through a physical flow with the breath our inner energies begin to flow more freely through the body leaving us feeling energised and revitalised.  This style is rooted in Ashtanga so often includes an Ashtanga style ‘vinyasa’ to link sequences – unlike Ashtanga, you will enjoy and experience a creative mixture of postures and sequencing rather than it being set. Sessions typically begin with pranayama to connect the mind with the body and breath followed by an energising warm up. A cool down is followed by a short savasana.

PRANAYAMA WORKSHOPS

We will explore different forms of Pranayama to switch on the Parasympathetic Nervous System to cultivate a calm mind and help alleviate stress, anxiety and mild depression.  We will also explore some pranayama techniques that are more energising for the body.

MEDITATION WORKSHOPS

Control and/or quieten the mind focusing on different meditation techniques such as visualisation using nature and the five great elements, (earth, water, fire, air and space), mantras, a word repeated to aid concentration, chanting, focusing on internal sound (nada) and chakras to bring you into conscious being and connect with your inner-self to cultivate joy and happiness.  Just being rather than doing.

“Yoga is meditation and meditation is yoga”

B.K.S. Iyengar

Get in Touch

I’d love to hear from you. Contact me to make an appointment or for advice on the best treatments for you and your specific requirements. Call 07931 739452 or fill in the form below.