Yoga Workshops

Our Yoga Workshops are great whether you’re a teacher or just have an interest in yoga.

To Book an event:

Please bear with us while we are in the process of upgrading our systems. At present booking is manual. 

Please fill out the contact form below and we’ll confirm your place once you have made payment via Paypal here.

*Please note that some events are run by GYA. Booking is directly with them. 

 

Current Workshops 

What is an ayurvedic lifestyle? Some key concepts and practical recommendations – day 2

Details

When: Sunday 21st March, 10.00-16.00
For all
Where: Online
Price: £45 members, £60 non-members

What is an ayurvedic lifestyle? Some key concepts and practical recommendations – Day 2 – Elizabeth Roberts

NB: Both course days can stand alone.

Ayurveda is the yogic system of medicine and complements yoga practice perfectly. This is an opportunity to learn more about another wonderful yogic science of health and self knowledge.

This is day 2 of a 2-day course.  The second day develops from day 1 but either day can be attended on its own.  Both days will include:

  • Yoga practices for different doshas
  • Cooking ayurvedically – some important foods, drinks and spices

Day 2:

  • Dinacharya and Rutacharya – daily and seasonal lifestyle routines
  • Langhana and Brimhana – Detoxifying and tonifying the body. This will prepare participants for a spring cleanse.

Elizabeth Roberts, BA Oxon. M.Phil is an Ayurvedic Educator and Practitioner. (Diploma with the European School of Vedic Studies) Yoga Teacher (Yoga Scotland). Elizabeth has spent her career in education with experience of working at all levels of the education system, as well as in community and adult education. Her subjects have been English, adult literacy and philosophical enquiry. 

Her passions are yoga, ayurveda and the spiritual philosophies of east and west. She has taught  Introduction to Ayurveda courses at Edinburgh University Open Studies Department and with Dr Jenni Connaughton for Yoga Scotland. She is currently the Yoga Philosophy tutor on the Yoga Scotland Teacher Training courses in Glasgow and Edinburgh. She teaches yoga and practices Ayurveda in the Scottish Borders.

Inviting a Principle-Based Approach to Physical Practice

Details:

Sat 17-Sun 18 April, 10.00 – 16.00

For all

Where: Online

Price: £95 members, £125 non-members

Inviting a Principle-Based Approach to Physical Practice – Marc Acquaviva

“To my understanding, the ethics and observances known as the Yamas and Niyamas are just as much a practical guide to physical practice as they are to life.

In my personal yoga journey, I have discovered, through practice, that as much as I might have an idea of what certain concepts mean – non-violence (ahimsa), appropriate effort (bramacharya), whole-hearted engagement (tapas) etc. etc. – unless the idea I am working with is accurate, applying it to practice yields nothing particular apart from perhaps a relaxed state of mind.  However, the quantum leaps that I have experienced over the years, have been moments when I can shift into a direct exploration of what principles could actually mean, and measure the accuracy of my inquiry by how the body responds to what I am doing

This way of approaching posture work has had the effect of changing the way I think about things, together with what feels like a far clearer and deeper understanding of the principles I am investigating… When I land on right thinking, the body responds immediately,  so I have come to the conclusion that the body is innately intelligent, and its restrictions and complaints are mostly responding to things like inappropriate effort, habitual and partial engagement or conflict in action.  Applying principles to your physical practice will challenge the mind, but it will also open you to new depths of practice, as well as offer a way of discovering the truth of things…”  Marc J Acquaviva

Aims of the mornings:  

  1. To illustrate the difference between goal-centred practice and principle-based application to practice
  2. To offer new ways of thinking of the body that makes a principle-based physical practice common-sense and to offer direct experiences of application.
  3. To approach a range of familiar postures (as requested by participants) using these principles as the ‘structure’, so that attendees receive a new and direct somatic experience of posture work from this perspective.

 

Aim of the afternoons: 

As above, but with more time to apply the principles directly to practice, and also to show how this can be used directly to resolve long-term physical complications.

Objectives: To inspire those that come to discover new avenues of exploration, and to awaken participants to the potential of Yoga principles applied to the physical as a viable and effective way of directly solving apparent complications in physical practice.   Also to expose teachers to the Acquaviva methodology of ‘Enviro-Somatic Integration’.  

 

Outline plan for both days:  

Morning introduction to the theme of the day and to a principle-based practice, followed by practical examples and guidance.  Once established, participants will be asked for asana suggestions so that they can learn to apply the principles to their own choice of postures.  

Afternoon session will begin with a Q & A, and Marc will be looking for particular physical issues to resolve for people that ask.   This will be followed by a practical demonstration of application, and group participation in what they see.   This cycle will repeat until approximately 30 minutes before the end, where Marc will guide an Acquaviva-style yoga nidra to end the session.

 

Marc J Acquaviva has been passionate about yoga since his early childhood (since 1968), and from 1991 he studied and practiced exclusively with people that have worked directly with Vanda Scaravelli, such as Diane Long and Sophy Hoare, as well as with the highly respected osteopaths that have been called to further understanding of her work, such as Pete Blackaby and John Stirk.  During his study years, Marc has also explored and drawn from  other wellbeing practices, such as Feldenkrais and Qi Gong.  He qualified as a yoga teacher in 2000 with Natural Bodies of Brighton doing Gary Carter’s anatomy for yoga course, and develop his own unique take on the work after suffering from a prolapsed disc whilst training.  The prolapse meant he wasn’t able to walk, but he found that it was possible, through his own innate somatic sense of the body-relationships involved, to relieve the symptoms and restore function… He ‘healed’ the prolapse for himself within a few weeks, and has been developing and using his unique approach to help others ever since.  

 Marc is the author of the course content for his own Acquaviva School of Yoga and of the proprietary approach to this work (Enviro-Somatic ©).  He has run several CPD days for BWY and for Yoga Scotland on various subjects, as well as for Namaste International in Austin US.  He also currently teaches for free online every Tuesday, as well as running small private online groups and courses for students around the world.

Yoga, Sound & Mantra - FULLY BOOKED

Details:

Sat 8 & Sun 9 May (FULLY BOOKED)

For Teachers

Online Price: £95 members, £125 non-members

Yoga, Sound & Mantra – Sarah Ryan

 During this weekend we shall immerse ourselves in the wonderful practice of yoga with sound. Using sound and mantras with yoga asana, pranayama and meditation is very ancient. It adds yet another dimension to our practice, and to that which yoga fosters: the relationship with ourselves, with the world, and with the sacred. We shall look at how to use simple sounds as well as mantras both for ourselves and our students – with lots of actual practice of sound and mantra with asana, pranayama and meditation.

Sarah Ryan has loved, studied and taught yoga and Vedic chanting for many years. She discovered the Viniyoga tradition, widely popularised by TKV Desikachar, in 1987 and felt immediately that this was the right path for her. She learnt for a long time with Paul Harvey and, since 2005, with Desikachar and his son Kausthub, who is her mentor. She did a 4-year yoga therapy course with them, and continues to study, teach and practise. She loves to share yoga and chanting, knowing how much it has helped her and others. She lives in the south of England. 

A Fresh Look at Yoga Class Asana - Zoe Knott

Details:

Sat 15 May, 10.00 – 16.00

(In partnership with Grampian Yoga Association)

For all

Where: Online

Price: £40 (GYA/YS members), £50 (non members)

£5 discount if booked/paid by 3rd April

Bookings by email: gyaseminar@outlook.com

Himalayan Hatha Yoga Weekend

Details:

When: Sat 15  and Sun 16 May, 7-8.30am, 11.30-13.00, 14.20-16.00

For all

Where: Online

Price: £95 members, £125 non-members

Himalayan Hatha Yoga Weekend – Yogi Kaivalyananda

Yogi Kaivalyananda is an in-demand International Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master, originally from Scotland, and one of the world’s leading exponents of both Prana Kriya Yoga and Himalayan Hatha Yoga, who is passionate about helping others experience deep personal transformation through yoga and Reiki.

His journey in the Eastern arts began during a challenging period in which he suffered from debilitating back pain, amongst other problems, and was able to cure himself through his practices.

Kaivalyananda spends months each year studying and practising in India and has been fortunate to learn from several wonderful teachers there including his guruji Yogi Ashokananda, as well as Vinay Kumar, Balu Thevar, Dr Upendra Babu Khatri, Ty Landrum, David Robson, Deepika Mehta and Mark Robberds. He has also been inspired by his father Donald MacInnes who is a Reiki and Qigong Master and 8th Dan in Shotokan Karate.

Currently, his time is spent teaching yoga and energy healing between Spain, Scotland, Jordan and India to individuals, groups, athletes, international organizations, embassies and UN agencies. He also trains yoga teachers on teacher training programmes in Spain, Jordan and India.

Predominantly, Kaivalyananda teaches Prana Kriya Yoga, Himalayan Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga and Reiki in the form of regular classes, workshops and retreats. He is the only teacher in the world authorized to run Prana Kriya Yoga foundation courses and is the only authorized Prana Kriya Yoga teacher in Spain, Scotland and Jordan.

In addition to teaching, he offers private yoga and healing consultations to those who require more personalised attention.

Read more at https://kaivalyananda.life/

Celebrate The United Nation’s International Day of Yoga

Details:

When: Sun 11th July, 10.00 – 16.00

For All

Price: Free! Donations to the Mandala Ashram via GYA

Celebrate The United Nation’s International Day of Yoga With Swami Krishnapremananda from the Mandala Ashram

Bookings by email: gyaseminar@outlook.com

How to Book

Please bear with us while we are in the process of upgrading our systems. At present booking is manual.

Please fill out the contact form and we’ll confirm your place once you have made payment via Paypal here.

*Please note that some events are run by GYA. Booking is directly with them.

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