Tutor: Lynne Jones
Date: 25th September 2021
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
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I have been practising yoga for almost 30 years, and teaching since 2002. I’m a Diploma course tutor, a Foundation course (1 and 2) tutor, and I’ve been offering an IST day on meditation for teachers for over 12 years. I’m interested in all aspects of yoga, all of which is supported by the wisdom found in the teachings of yoga philosophy: Asana encourages vitality and creativity, and helps to develop the belly centre. The expression is Karma yoga and what we do in the world. Breath awareness and pranayama enhance awareness of the emotional body and help to develop the heart centre. The expression is Bhakti yoga, the yoga of love and devotion. Meditation and self-enquiry (Svadhyaya) give rise to insight and understanding and promote expansion of the head centre. The expression is Jnana yoga, the yoga of knowledge, wisdom and discrimination. Working to integrate the three centres brings a sense of wholeness to our being, and an increasing sense of purpose to our lives. We can achieve this through balanced yoga practice. Patanjali (2:1) defines kriyayoga as Tapas, Svadhyaya and Ishvarapranidhana – discipline of practice, self-enquiry and self-reflection (supported by the texts), and turning towards Being or presence. These are the steps on the path of progression towards realising our true nature. I endeavour to bring all these elements into my teaching, whether that is delivering diploma or foundation courses, teaching in prison (since 2017) and a medium secure forensic hospital (since 2007), and teaching general yoga classes and one to one sessions. I have been a student of the Ridhwan school of personal development for over 15 years, which uses meditation and self-enquiry (Svadhyaya) to discover more about the mysteries of being human. This work also involves study of the ancient system of the Enneagram which describes nine spiritual perspectives on the loss of contact of the soul with true nature. I study with my teachers on a regular basis, and attend several retreats every year.