When you see or hear the word ‘chakra‘ – what immediately comes into your awareness?
Such words as energy, chakras, auras and subtle bodies have become relatively commonplace within our everyday vocabularies and conversations. An ever-growing population want to know about energy and spirituality. Those yearning for something more than a routine daily existence have reached ‘critical mass’- they are prompted by a desire for inner fulfillment, for a reconnection with a sense of the sacred in life.
It is no wonder that the Chakra system appeals to Western ‘seekers after truth‘. Yet this raises the intriguing question – How can this ancient Chakric wisdom (from an Eastern culture) ‘make sense‘ and be appropriate to those living a modern Western-centric life?
My aim for this article is to invite you to engage with this scrutiny through a contemporary exploration of the ancient wisdom of Chakras.
I will offer two paradoxes by which to challenge established thinking. . .
Session 1: Getting to know ‘me’
- Practise yoga asanas (movements) and pranayama (breathing practices) to facilitate a relaxed, grounded and centred state
- Practise somatic alignment using sound and mantra – to establish one’s unique signature frequency
Session 2: Getting to know the ‘me’ I can be
Building on the previous session and using specific tonal work and mantra practice, this session invites a creative exploration to:
- Meet your body’s vocal range – through experience, awareness and expression
- Access clarity of what you need to become more of who you know you are and can be
SHERWOOD FOOD FESTIVAL – my contribution to the festival is on Thursday 15 September at Sherwood Library at 10am
I will be presenting my international lecture called ‘From the Amazon to Bournville – The Story of Chocolate and Cadbury’. Come join us at this event for what will be a journey of moreish delights!
Book for individual sessions or all 3. Minimum 10 participants required/session. Confirmation of 25th September’s session will be made by 18 September – so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
This is an invitation to explore the vast consciousness of the feminine and its relevance to 21st century living.
• We will look at how this energy has become distorted and misrepresented in an adverse way
• We will explore its true qualities and recognise how important they are in life – for health and well-being
• We will focus on how to harness this consciousness to offer a better quality of living and creative life.
• Through a combination of Yoga practice, group-discussion, creative contemplation and more . . , the power of the feminine will be explored within a safe and nurturing environment.
The theme for this 4 week course is systems of the body.
We will explore the self through the complexity and beauty of the human body by working with the:
- musculo-skeletal system
- fluid system
- organ system
- cellular systems.
4 places left in each class at 6pm and 7.45pm and there is still time to book.
AUTUMN 2016 – SPRING 2017 PROGRAMME
Focus on the psycho-spiritual self, housed within the physical body. Practices designed to strengthen, and provide respite for, the body whilst creatively expanding consciousness through awareness, meditation and mantra practice, and to develop a comfortableness with silence.
PRAXIS SUMMER SPECIAL: Wednesday 17 August – 7 to 9pm Fee: £15
AUTUMN 2016 TERM- CLASS TIMES: 6 to 7.30pm; 7.45 to 9.15pm
- September 7, 14, 21, 28 (4 classes at £35)
- October 19, 26, November 2, 9 (4 classes at £35)
- November 23, 30, December 7, 14 (4 classes at £35)
SPRING 2017 TERM – CLASS TIMES: 6 to 7.30pm; 7.45 to 9.15pm
- January 4, 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8 (6 classes at £52.50)
- February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (6 classes at £52.50)
Over the last 6 weeks, Praxis Yoga students have been exploring their world through the template of the Solar System – 5 planets as known from the Old World, plus the Sun as a yellow dwarf star.
As well as touching base with each planet’s physical qualities, we have been consciously working with their metaphysical qualities. Why are they important? Because they are assumed to influence both collective and personal consciousness – therefore our own lives. This term’s classes were aimed at raising conscious awareness, to see how we can tap into the energy of the planets for our own development and evolution.
Photos above from my weekly class whiteboard scribings provide an aide-memoir – to help you connect and feed your wonder for the natural, phenomenal world in which we inhabit.
Click on each photo to access and enlarge, hence making them easier to read.