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The Body has a Mind of its Own

10th October 2020
at Draycott

The Body has a Mind of its Own

Tutor: Tara Fraser

Date: 10th October 2020

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Location: Draycott

Type of Event: Open Day

Places Available: 2

Your Body Has a Mind of its Own- Now Online

with Tara Fraser


A day of yoga exploring the intimate connections between perception and the head, shoulders, arms and hands. We will explore the feeling of being ‘in our heads’ and ‘out of our minds’, using our senses to touch the world around us and turning them inwards to experience the inner landscape of ourselves. We can explore through movement, and meditation Patanjali’s idea of consciousness and the embodied state and speculate on the true nature of the siddhis (special powers) that he suggests a yoga practitioner may acquire, with practice.

Open to all levels of ability and experience.

Online yoga workshop10thOctober 2020 10.00-4.30


Perception is everything. How we move and operate in the world is framed by how we perceive ourselves and our surroundings. We learn about both via the senses and particularly by the sense of touch. I aim to:

·Encourage playful awareness of the role of the senses in our experience of ourselves and our environment

·Offer techniques that physically explore our individual body ‘maps’ and their limitations

·Support the witnessing of established movement patterns in yoga practice

·Initiate and support development of new patterns related to opening and re-drawing these mental maps.

·Prioritise experiential learning over theoretical understanding which, in this instance, can seriously inhibit development of the skills we are seeking!

·Relate all the above to some aspects of chapter 3 of the Yoga Sutra


Participants will be encouraged to diversify their movement patterns and enrich their movement vocabulary both by relying on their felt sense of the body and by using imagery and imagination to develop new ways of moving.

Suggested programme

10.00 Short introductory talk

10.10 Practical session: You will need a mat or rug, a couple of yoga blocks or large books. A cushion and a folded blanket would also be helpful. An object you can hold and point with such as a stick, ruler, pen or similar – really doesn’t matter what it is as long as it is easy to pick up and handle, you may want a pen and paper as well.


11.30 Short break


11.45 Q&A discussion and further practical suggestions arising from this


1.00-2.00 Lunch Break


2.00 Interior landscapes, the infinitely small and the infinitely large: Patanjali’s siddhis, talk with some discussion and Q+A

2.30 Relaxation and meditation practices


3.00 Short break

3.15 Practical Session, embodied yoga and the senses.
4.15 Q&A, comments, sharing experience

4.30 Close

About Tara Fraser

Tara has had a lifelong interest in yoga, has been teaching since 1993 and is a BWY Diploma Course Tutor. She believes yoga can help everyone to live well, feel good and age gracefully. Her teaching style draws on several traditions but is heavily influenced by the personalised and therapeutic approach of TKV Desikachar which has been her own practice for many years. In recent years she has been working with Scaravelli inspired teachers who have added a new and exploratory angle to the yoga she practices and teaches. This has been further supported by her training to become a Rolfer with BARSI.

Tara is the founder / co-director of Yoga Junction where she teaches workshops and BWY teacher training programmes. She is the author of five best-selling yoga books (Including Yoga for You and The Easy Yoga Workbook) and lectures and teaches nationally and internationally.

I trained first as a dancer but soon discovered I enjoyed the rehearsals more than the performance. This led me to a fascination with the felt sense of the body moving and to the world of yoga. I have been teaching yoga for over 20 years and am the director of Yoga Junction studio in London and the author several books. I discovered Rolfing through yoga (Ida Rolf did yoga too!) as a student of Giovanni Felicioni. Rolfing was a revelation to me, being the strongest, most effective and permanently transforming bodywork I have ever encountered. My own yoga practice transformed and developed as I experienced the 10 sessions myself and then even more as I undertook the Rolfing training. In both yoga and Rolfing I am interested in supporting the autonomy of the client to find out what works well for them, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I like to work with all kinds of people and enjoy using touch and movement to explore and develop an innate sense of self. I have 4 children and now live in Tiverton, Devon with my partner (Yoga teacher Nigel Jones), 3 tortoises, 2 horses and a cat, but travel to London twice a month to teach Yoga and to do Rolfing



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