These are the weekly outlines for the new series of Notting Hill-based classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The asana practice preceding the meditation will tie in with and complement the theme of the week.
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This is the bedrock of the entire ISHTA practice and a wonderful sattvic daily practice that you can use whenever you need it. We will look at how to correctly practise Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, the Ham/Sah kriya, and Ajna Bhedana.
The Tibetan Purification technique is a technique that purifies the three shariras, or “bodies” – stula sharira (physical), sukshma sharira (energetic), and karana sharira (causal) – that make up your being. We will use visualization and the kechari kriya, with more advanced pranayama, to access and cleanse the entire system.
SAT/YAM meditation helps you to release all of the scars in your consciousness (samskaras) that are caused by haunting memories of painful experiences, emotional traumas, etc. We will first balance right/left brain using Padadirdsasana and then free jiva atman (the individualized self) to merge back with param atman (the higher self) through the use of the mantras Sat and Yam.
FINDING YOUR SAN KALPA
Traditionally, the New Year is about letting go of the old to make way for the new. It is a time to set intentions and make resolutions, and yet so often the resolutions don’t come to fruition as they are made in the conscious mind, without taking into account what is really driving us deep in the unconscious. This technique guides you to find your true intention, and what it is that would enable to you make real, lasting change, so that you can successfully plant it in the New Year and bring it to life.
PLANTING THE SAN KALPA
This technique uses Manduki kriya, visualization, and mantra to plant the intention (San Kalpa) for the New Year through all of the chakras, so that it can become a powerful source of personal transformation.
WHO ARE YOU? MEDITATION
This meditation helps you to look at all of the different personalities that you present to the world, so that you can come back to your centre and discover who you really are. It loosens your attachment to the various masks that you have come to believe are the real you, so that you can discover the wholeness at your core.
Bhuta Shuddhi literally translates as “purification of the elements.” It is a laya yoga technique that uses the power of nature and the elements - Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space - to purify the body, mind and spirit, and release the negativity and harmful patterns in the left cavity of the torso, the side that stores impressions, memories, and emotions.
OM NAMAH SHIVAYA
An introduction to the Tantric use of mantra as a way of moving energy, this meditation will explore the different ways you can use mantra to bring energy up through the chakras and also down into life (the process of samyama).
Also known as the Savitri Mantra (God Mantra), the gayatri mantra is commonly considered to be the essence of all mantras; it is a meditation on spiritual light and its purpose is to enlighten the mind and intellect. There are three forms of the mantra: the full mantra, the long form, and the short form. We will discuss the long form from a Tantric perspective, and how it can help us to move Shakti back to Shiva in a graceful and balanced manner.