For the past 10 days the yoga centre has been full of the sounds of Vedic chanting as myself and two fellow teachers Kim Mackie and Arianna Moretti have been immersed in the first seminar of a 3 year Viniyoga therapy training taught by Dr Kausthubha Desikachar and chant teacher Sarah Ryan (who teaches our monthly class of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali).
In many traditional cultures the use of sound is a significant aspect of spiritual practice. In Indian tradition sound is exalted second only to the Supreme.
The term “Veda” implies “that which can be known”, it is a vast collection of hymns, the authoritative source of many significant schools of Indian wisdom and philosophy, they expound upon the practical ways of meeting human needs while living meaningfully, and lead to personal and spiritual transformation.
There are several benefits of reciting the vedas. The mantras within them are powerful sounds which when produced in the right manner and with the right intention produce specific vibrations in our body. These vibrations have the ability to positively influence our physiological state, thereby improving physical, mental and emotional health. They also bring the mind to complete attention, making it a meditative process in itself.
It is an intense training including all the wide range of yogic tools: postures (Asana), breath regulation (Pranayama), meditation (Dhyana), dietary recommendations (Ahara niyama), lifestyle suggestions (Vihara niyama), chanting (Mantra) visualisations/affirmations (Bhavana), energetic seals (Mudra) symbolic gestures (Nyasa), and self enquiry (Svadhyaya). By undergoing this intense journey teachers may then facilitate others in the journey towards self-empowerment, healing and personal transformation.
For this training we have been joined by students from the USA, Israel, Spain and Germany; a wonderful International community chanting and learning together.
There is still a chance to join this Yoga Therapy course if you are interested, you can contact Sarah Ryan email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The clocks have changed, Spring has Sprung, we have it all to look forward to.
We wish you a Happy Easter and remind you to check the calendar to see when your teachers are taking an Easter break.
As ever, the details are below and in the calendar – please check it!
With best wishes from Sharon and all the teachers and therapists at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre
New Classes and Courses
Mixed Ability Yoga Class with Katie Pitney (suitable for beginners)
- Friday mornings 9.00-10.15am.
- More about Mixed Ability Class with Katie Pitney
The first class will be the 21st April and you can email Katie on email@example.com if you want any more information or to book a place.
5 week Post natal Yoga Course with Kim Jones
- Tuesdays 11.00-12.00pm
- Tuesday April 18th – May 16th
- More about 5 week Post natal Yoga Course
6 week IAIM Baby Massage Course with Sharon Cox-Button
- Wednesdays 3.00-4.15pm
- Wednesday 19th – May 24th
- More about 6 week IAIM Baby Massage Course
Classes, Courses and Workshops: April
Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast
- Sunday 2nd 10.00am – 12.00pm
- More about Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest
Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard
- Saturday 15th 2.30-3.45pm
- More about Saturday Soundbath
Postnatal Wellness course begins
- Tuesday 18th 11.00-12.00pm
- More about Postnatal Wellness Course
IAIM Baby Massage course begins
- Wednesday 19th 3.00-4.15pm
- More about IAIM Baby Massage course
Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button
- Friday 21st 6.30-7.30pm
- More about Breathing and Yoga Nidra
Drum and Chant with Magdalena Atkinson
- Friday 21st 6.30-8.30pm
- More about Drum and Chant
Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low
- Saturday 22nd 2.00-5.00pm
- More about Iyengar Yoga
Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher
- Monday 24th 11.30-1.30pm
- More about Mini First Aid
Gong Bath: Overcoming Your Stress with Arianna Puran Udini
- Saturday 29th 9.30-12.30pm
- More about Gong Bath: Overcoming Your Stress
Yoga Sutras with Sarah Ryan
- Saturday 29th 10.45-12.15pm
- More about Yoga Sutras
Looking ahead to May
- Mindfulness, Qoya and Journalling with Victoria Smisek