tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-20591612973711008302017-10-02T07:12:57.889-07:00yoga, gong & life on the riverThe home of &#39;Yoga &amp; gong with Ali&#39; Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.comBlogger120125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-26995999805753657852016-12-12T02:39:00.003-08:002016-12-12T02:52:02.622-08:00Resonant Solstice ~ Dec mini retreat <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div class="p1"><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>I have been hearing from many of my students: 'I want to tuck myself away, get quiet, eat well', yet its not the easiest time of year to do so! Hopefully our Resonant Retreat (18th Dec) offers a chance to introspect as the year - which has felt, collectively, highly transformative - draws towards its conclusion.&nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Turning within doesn't mean we are wallowing (or boring), but honouring the natural twists and turns of the season; prakriti, the nature around and within us. When we honour rather than resist the cyclical nature of life we appreciate each of its stages all the more; all the seasons, each breath and movement, every thought and conversation.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">It is easy to forget who we are at this time of year, to lose our sense of ground (EARTH) as our obligations shift towards the needs of others, towards the material side of life. Emotions can run high (WATER) as we are drawn into family dynamics that show us where we still have work to do, and where daily routines, like practise and diet, are disrupted; depleting our vital energy. The need to breathe, be, witness, digest and re-charge is greater than ever.</span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">As winter solstice approaches we can look forward to the next shift, moving towards the light again. In the emptiness left by autumn and winter there is an opportunity to make space for what we wish to create on our future path.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Our last retreat for 6 months or so...The resonant solstice mini retreat takes place Sunday 18th Dec at The Well Garden 9.30am - 2pm. Chanting, yin yoga, sacred sound bath and delicious cuisine by Moody Mango. Bookings piriamvadayogaetc@gmail.com</b></span></div><div class="p1"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tbNka9bblAg/WE58Wm5fH8I/AAAAAAAABOY/9h1I74glPYk6X1SFuxSWG_RLalVYT68SwCLcB/s1600/image1-1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tbNka9bblAg/WE58Wm5fH8I/AAAAAAAABOY/9h1I74glPYk6X1SFuxSWG_RLalVYT68SwCLcB/s320/image1-1.JPG" width="256" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dXIiO1-hd-w/WE58W0XojII/AAAAAAAABOc/z63QX8XMhG4xIVZ5nQSbXI94K6M3luBTwCLcB/s1600/image2-1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dXIiO1-hd-w/WE58W0XojII/AAAAAAAABOc/z63QX8XMhG4xIVZ5nQSbXI94K6M3luBTwCLcB/s320/image2-1.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lf3a_-2Jyxk/WE58dXgnqhI/AAAAAAAABOg/RLHunZYmrT4fpAoYKO_Gn7IkOZqsp3kTACLcB/s1600/_DSC3587%2Bcrop.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lf3a_-2Jyxk/WE58dXgnqhI/AAAAAAAABOg/RLHunZYmrT4fpAoYKO_Gn7IkOZqsp3kTACLcB/s320/_DSC3587%2Bcrop.jpg" width="180" /></a></div><div class="p1"><br /></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-56304501706725262452016-07-13T15:03:00.004-07:002016-07-13T15:37:21.684-07:00The exciting news...<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="color: orange; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Oh yes, its been a long and fun process to bring this special retreat together...and bookings are now open (early birds save £75!).&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="color: orange; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Myself and the Well Garden are hosting a feast of yoga, sound and creativity in the Goan jungle this coming Feb...and you of course are invited! 10 days of dynamic yoga, yin yoga, sacred art workshops, sound baths, sweat lodges, fire chanting, nourishing food, naturopathy and Ayurveda.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">We dive into the elements around and within over the course of 10 days. Our home will be the divine <a href="http://www.khaamakethna.com/">Khaama Kethna</a> near Agonda in South India. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: orange; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UTeLi2ySRSU/V4a-LSU5swI/AAAAAAAABIU/_TQq2hdfcr0r09xmJJjEhtQSgoR7qZ7fQCEw/s1600/Nature%2B12.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="210" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UTeLi2ySRSU/V4a-LSU5swI/AAAAAAAABIU/_TQq2hdfcr0r09xmJJjEhtQSgoR7qZ7fQCEw/s320/Nature%2B12.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Come on in...<span style="text-align: left;">See my India retreats page for all the info!&nbsp;</span></b></span></div><span style="color: orange; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-30671670036687804932016-06-16T01:53:00.001-07:002016-06-16T01:53:30.466-07:00What I learned from my students today...<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="p1"><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Your teachers will tell you how to put poses together, what they do for the mind body; but your students will show you what it means to their lives.&nbsp;</b></span><b style="color: #b45f06; font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">It is a privilege to teach and be reminded of many things that as practitioners we may have begun to take for granted.&nbsp;</b></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Leaving everything behind&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">When we step into our yoga space...I'm not saying 'mat' as yoga can be done sitting on a chair or the bus; it's more about carving out a mental space (and of course coming into a dimly lit room away from the world facilitates this more easily)... When we step into our bodies and breath within that space we can make a choice to leave behind the family arguments, the feelings of low self worth, the work expectations etc. That 'leaving behind' might walk a wavering line, but with practise it will become more concrete. And every time we re affirm that choice, by reconnecting with the breath, a chakra, the music in the room, a smile, or whatever...our ability to make a choice becomes stronger. Of course we have to go back to our home/ desk/ lives - but we go back a little different. For many people, weekly yoga class is the only time they take have that's not for someone else. The funny thing is that it ends up being for everyone, if it benefits us.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Battling less with life&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">In our first twists we tend to use brute force to get somewhere; to triumph over our bodies; to mirror or better where someone else is at. Over time we understand that kindness and breath produce openness in our spines. And before long our eyes are closed and we are the only one in this twist, playing with looping edges of acceptance/ frustration/ surrender. So off the mat do we learn flexibility. That trying to force life/ family/ friends/ colleagues into doing it our way doesn't work and only leaves us frustrated and wondering why other people have it better.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">A breath changes everything&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Breath is transformation on a cellular level. Not just an automatic function of the lungs but the thread that connects the everyday with the highest self. Whatever physical shape we are in, the breath unites us. What use is the most complex pranayama unless we remember to breathe? In the most challenging postures, through the breath, we learn that relaxation is not just lying around being lazy; but a highly effective mind body state. Class by class the breath starts to vie with our to do list or self beliefs as the chosen dwelling place of our mind. Back in the everyday, awareness of just one breath rises us above the battle and allows us to negotiate some inner space, to see and respond more clearly.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p3"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p4"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Community heals&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p3"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><br /><div class="p4"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Yoga is both being together and being entirely in our Self. Sometimes the community we need is the shared silence of shavasana, the brief absence of words in a noisy world; sometimes it's a chat after class, discovering common issues and sharing experiences. My experience is that our highest self guides us to the people we need and the work we are meant to do in each moment; the only thing that's required of us is to stay open to it; that of course is the whole practise! As teachers we simply facilitate the opportunities for communion and community, and let go of attachment to the results.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p4"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_g0ZbkdJlqs/V2Jowukuq1I/AAAAAAAABGk/9UqbOJbLxZo1-imyTzx4_izLefL2GfCOQCLcB/s1600/Screenshot%2B2016-06-16%2B09.48.51.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="225" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_g0ZbkdJlqs/V2Jowukuq1I/AAAAAAAABGk/9UqbOJbLxZo1-imyTzx4_izLefL2GfCOQCLcB/s400/Screenshot%2B2016-06-16%2B09.48.51.png" width="400" /></a></div><div class="p4"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p4"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><i><br /></i></span></div><div class="p4"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><i>I am grateful to offer yoga for positive mood and positive living courses as part of the Wellbeing network for mental health recovery, run by City &amp; Hackney MIND.&nbsp;</i></span></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-4551668068429854962016-06-06T09:00:00.000-07:002016-06-06T09:00:25.537-07:00Raga flow ~ live music & yoga unite<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>You may have remember my post a while ago about experiencing raga meditation in India. Well its such an pleasure to be linking up with <a href="https://daisywatkinsmusic.com/">Daisy Watkins</a> to produce our own take on the blissful union of music and yoga this summer...</b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>Raga Flow ~ live music &amp; yoga&nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><b style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;">Sunday 3rd July @ The Well Garden</span></b></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="font-size: small;">Welcome to a new moon collaboration between musician &amp; composer Daisy Watkins and yoga teacher &amp; gong practitioner Ali Gunning. Inspired by the Indian roots of classical music and classical yoga, we have created an uplifting Sunday afternoon of live music &amp; yoga. </span></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="font-size: small;">Both raga and yoga inspire us towards a 'bhava' of divine bliss. Ali leads us through the yoga sequence, flowing from the heart to the crown, while Daisy's live soundtrack of viola and tampura guides and echoes our movement - until breath, sound and body are flowing as one. </span></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="font-size: small;">We lead you into a deeply nourishing shavasana with a fusion of gong, voice and viola. And close our afternoon together with chai and nibbles. </span></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace; font-size: small;"><b>Sunday 3rd July 2016</b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace; font-size: small;"><b>2-5pm</b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace; font-size: small;"><b>At The Well Garden, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace E8 2BT</b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">£30 early bird (before13th June)/ concession, £35 thereafter </span></b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">Suitable all levels </span></b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace; font-size: small;"><b>Bookings: piriamvadayogaetc@gmail.com/ 07855402837</b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace; font-size: small;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2R7Eevxep74/V1WdiMfjuXI/AAAAAAAABFo/F_OCxczUeUcYaT3Hh_zP3KUpGuFrS6TnwCLcB/s1600/Image%2Bfinal.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2R7Eevxep74/V1WdiMfjuXI/AAAAAAAABFo/F_OCxczUeUcYaT3Hh_zP3KUpGuFrS6TnwCLcB/s400/Image%2Bfinal.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace; font-size: small;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="font-size: small;">About Daisy </span></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace; font-size: small;">Enamoured with the romanticism of carnatic raga music, Daisy embarked upon her journey into exploring and discovering the beauty and creativity that can be conjured with this tradition.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace; font-size: small;">Carnatic ragas are particularly appropriate to yoga as their origins are also found in India. There are unique characteristics given to each raga which Daisy carefully selects and builds upon to create intriguing settings and enthralling scenes. Combining this storytelling craft with the philosophy and lifestyle of yoga, Daisy found herself creating subtle, flowing and grounding music.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace; font-size: small;">Influenced by her western classical background, the live score is composed for tanpura and viola. Whereas a traditional raga may be more rhythmical with tabblah and sitar, this music features the soothing, lyrical tones of the viola which add to the flow of the yoga class.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace; font-size: small;">Daisy performs the music live with the intention of it being sympathetic to its environment and audience. She believes live music is much more enjoyable, personal and ‘in the present’.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace; font-size: small;">Daisy has performed for many guided meditations, mindfulness classes and yoga workshops in and around London.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace; font-size: small;">Multi-instrumentalist and composer Daisy Watkins trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She performs regularly throughout the UK in various ensembles and is a passionate music educator.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></div><br /><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com20tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-57046440097996742432016-04-21T12:48:00.000-07:002016-04-21T12:48:04.900-07:00If the shoe doesn't fit...<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="p1"><span style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><span style="color: #b45f06;"><b>If I meet one more beautiful being going through a massive transformation I'll have to write a book rather than a blog post. I wanted to write a blog post but almost as soon as words were formed they were redundant to say what I meant. They are mainly women, in all corners of my life; kicking down the walls that have contained them in some way; or watching a storm rip through their house, if they had been hesitating with that sledge hammer.&nbsp;</b></span></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;">It seems to be the time in which situations that we might have ambled along with, not quite satisfied but not yet ready to change, simply won't fit anymore: whether relationships, friendships, finances, careers or living arrangements. There is one thing that unites us and that is a search for authenticity. Its everywhere! And as the old protective structures come down, our hearts and fears are equally, authentically exposed. Not being good enough/ being good enough; letting go/ letting in; surviving, losing our power and many more.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">How do we know we aren't just running away? Fears are faced and transformed, not side stepped. The need for authenticity suddenly outweighs attachment to the known. Some part of us feels lighter after being stripped away. Of course as we embrace the vibration of transformation we attract others riding a similar wave. And this sisterhood can be the biggest blessing, inspiring us on when we are leaving others in our wake. That's not to say transformation may not inspire others, but that cannot be our motivation.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Goddess Kali has been knocking on my awareness in various forms. We often hear and read that, sigh, we languish in a dark age (Kali Yuga). But, perhaps if we are awake to it, this is the real moment of Kali, when she flattens the lot in order to make space for rebirth? Her destruction is ever paired with compassion, bringing us through the dark to take a peek at the new light. But, if you do not wish to let go, all you will see is her fierceness; teeth, skulls an all. Transformation can be tough, painful, drawn out and unexpected. As she reminds us, this ain't permanent and it ain't yours.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">We all have our catalysts and for me India is it; time to be, time to question yet again, what&nbsp;feel&nbsp;authentic&nbsp;for me right now? As the search becomes more subtle, so do the layers of attachment. Ok I may have less things but what about clinging to the way others see me, or to spiritual ideals? The closer we get to how we once imagined out lives to look, the tighter the urge may be - who would want to let go of this, which we strived for? Patanjali wisely said that clinging to life exists even for the wise! But clinging always stifles our potential. Even our perfect ideal of yoga teacher life or whatever is not permanent. While we hang on to how it's supposed to be, we contract and we block the way for others who are expanding around us.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">As I sat barefooted in a blast of sunlight on the Downs last night I felt: 'transformation does not mean losing everything/ someone, but letting go...and the gain or loss is irrelevant.' And everything felt just perfect after a stormy few days. &nbsp;Finally with the full moon overhead there is an air of completion as we take a breath and await the next&nbsp;cycle.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EoIg91fg9Qk/VxktdowpIwI/AAAAAAAABDM/r5Pe82iE7dkntdV84VxQg02e4hsAN2OnQCLcB/s1600/Screenshot%2B2016-04-21%2B20.43.21.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EoIg91fg9Qk/VxktdowpIwI/AAAAAAAABDM/r5Pe82iE7dkntdV84VxQg02e4hsAN2OnQCLcB/s320/Screenshot%2B2016-04-21%2B20.43.21.png" width="318" /></span></a></div><div class="p1"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-73774333529164702682016-04-18T13:24:00.000-07:002016-04-24T11:43:06.170-07:00introducing AcuGong...<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>A while ago I wrote that collaboration is the way forward, and at the time several exciting partnerships were bubbling under. Fresh from trialling the treatment with groups and one to ones, we are now delighted to be offering 'AcuGong' sessions in Hackney, Blackheath &amp; Devon.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="color: #38761d;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Who we are</span></span><br /><span style="color: #38761d;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Myself, Ali, yoga teacher, yoga therapist &amp; sacred sound practitioner. Sarah Pritchard, acupuncturist and Tui Na specialist: Sarah has been a big inspiration for me as she flows through life manifesting her dreams with a huge depth of knowledge and infectious enthusiasm. And Chinese medicine practitioner Isabel Milner who adds an intuitive and compassionate touch to the body work.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">What is AcuGong?</span><br /><span style="color: #38761d;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">AcuGong is and does as it sounds; we combine acupuncture with the guiding vibrations of a gong bath,&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">plus hands on energy/ body work.</span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">&nbsp;Acu and gong each work to balance the physical, subtle and causal flow of life force energy - for increased wellbeing and consciousness.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="p2"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Life is a flow of chi - flow with it...</span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">When working with this combination we've found the effect to be greater than the sum of its parts. We (and our clients) often have the feeling that we are unearthing and reviving some ancient art of our feminine ancestors. Much like sound, colour &amp; smell there seems a collective conscious shift towards time-honoured technologies in our healing modalities.</span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Both acupuncture and gong work along the bodies meridian energy lines, discovered in ancient Chinese medicine and verified by science today. AcuGong is about more than stimulating the liver or balancing the spleen, it is a journey that takes you deep inside your body to uncover its wisdom and understand the mental patterns which are both imprinted there and released through the flow of chi.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Vibrational medicine not only has huge potential to bring body and mind back into harmony, but to protect our immunity in the first place. As physical wellbeing manifests from imbalance through the energy system, it would seem to make sense to work with practises which clear us of the daily onslaught of disharmonious vibration. A great resource for info on this is 'Vibrational Medicine' by Dr Richard Gerber.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Intention...and awareness</span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">More and more in my own practise and work I'm reminded of the power of intention, both group and personal. In each and every yoga practise, in each and every step of self healing, intention is the vehicle which gathers and guides the energy created to its destination. Thats not to say we only have to make an intention and its all fixed. We must continue to have awareness of what brought us here, what it taught us and what patterns we need to address.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">How does a treatment work as a group:&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Actually the work begins before the session as we begin to set our minds towards that which we wish to shift...</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">The afternoon opens with guided meditation, intention setting and mantra, moving into the treatment space for 1.5 hours approx. Where you'll receive needles by Sarah, in specific energy points relevant to your intention and current health, while I build up steady waves of gong and circulate with singing bowls &amp; tuning forks.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">During the treatment Sarah and Isabel provide hands on bodywork to stimulate and balance the flow of chi where needed. After the session we allow for grounding, sharing (optional) and finally we burn and release the intentions to the universe.</span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">One to ones:&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">In a similar way but without the sharing, a treatment lasts around 1 hour and can be applied to any health condition.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">In both cases its important to note the AcuGong may be the start of bringing to light certain patterns, rather than an immediate fix all. Collectively our journey continues...</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">AcuGong recent feedback:</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">"I am speechless, more powerful than plant medicine!"</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">"Something profound has shifted since the treatment, I notice myself handling life in a different way."</span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EC-43L2I0yQ/VxVAnGghpEI/AAAAAAAABC4/UVlnN8e3-_ge8SBRA_QREn6DLAkrrs0lgCLcB/s1600/2015-08-23%2B09.56.03.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EC-43L2I0yQ/VxVAnGghpEI/AAAAAAAABC4/UVlnN8e3-_ge8SBRA_QREn6DLAkrrs0lgCLcB/s400/2015-08-23%2B09.56.03.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><i><b>AcuGong is coming up at The Well Garden 28th May, Blackheath Complementary Health Centre 5th June &amp; in Lyme Regis on 7th Aug. Contact me for info!&nbsp;</b></i></span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><i><b><br /></b></i></span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><i><b><br /></b></i></span></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-30844901949284913392016-02-18T08:56:00.002-08:002016-02-18T09:03:06.722-08:00Intend it loud and proudly<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="color: #783f04; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">1 year ago, exactly to the day I received the keys, I voiced out loud, in a powerful circle of goddesses (aka yin training), an intention which had been bubbling away subconsciously, even since starting a blog called 'yoga adrift': to open a floating yoga and gong space.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">A space surrounded by nature; with no speedy turnovers between classes, where people could drink tea and chat after class; for friends to host weird workshops that wouldn't be 'commercial' enough for big spaces. In my dream I would live in a boatman's cabin on this floating ashram and my living room would be a yoga studio (a bigger version of what I have now basically...). It almost happened with a potential Belgian barge swap. Then things got busy, the cruising logistics (and bank balance) didn't quite work out.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">But it seems the wheels were turning on a divine plan, its outcome only slightly different to mine! So, later than expected, but with the same delight and pride, I can now introduce 'the shepherds hut at south mill lock'. Crafted from salvaged bits and pieces of trucks and houses, it</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">fell into my path with the support of some generous-hearted and creative souls. And perhaps a divine wink that I still had some lessons to learn about patience.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">A</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">&nbsp;mini yoga &amp; gong space by, if not on, the river.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">On wheels (it couldn't be entirely stationary could it?) in a field next to my boat. But the intention remains the same.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Now available for mini retreats and private gong baths for up to 4 people - and for use by other practitioners and teachers!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">What I learned? Keep intending out loud, surrendering the results and waiting patiently for what will be. LOVE from the river x</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aQinZ3CJlfc/VsX2-iHN71I/AAAAAAAAA-0/GpS8xQzoVOY/s1600/2016-02-18%2B12.30.49.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aQinZ3CJlfc/VsX2-iHN71I/AAAAAAAAA-0/GpS8xQzoVOY/s320/2016-02-18%2B12.30.49.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bu6YtVbaR8Q/VsX2zDm5x2I/AAAAAAAAA-s/5huI6_ZwNB0/s1600/2016-02-18%2B12.17.18.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bu6YtVbaR8Q/VsX2zDm5x2I/AAAAAAAAA-s/5huI6_ZwNB0/s320/2016-02-18%2B12.17.18.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8jiOHlOibTc/VsX3Ab7f0eI/AAAAAAAAA-4/1Ny4KeQxSaw/s1600/2016-02-18%2B12.22.20.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8jiOHlOibTc/VsX3Ab7f0eI/AAAAAAAAA-4/1Ny4KeQxSaw/s320/2016-02-18%2B12.22.20.jpg" width="239" /></a><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ylN0X93IsSM/VsX29LLjOTI/AAAAAAAAA-w/xnbuVnEots8/s1600/2016-02-18%2B12.19.24.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ylN0X93IsSM/VsX29LLjOTI/AAAAAAAAA-w/xnbuVnEots8/s320/2016-02-18%2B12.19.24.jpg" width="239" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-37493996896703227722016-02-04T12:50:00.000-08:002016-02-04T13:14:02.277-08:00Mantras for precarious times, peace & everything in between<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="p1"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><span style="color: #b45f06;">I was recently describing in class how much I enjoy the 'door-mouse' effect of living near to nature. Winter always invites me to hibernate - and while I chant on a daily basis, I often intensify my 'japa' during the colder months.&nbsp;</span></b></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="p1"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;">Japa is the practise of using a 'mala' (beads) to count out a specific number of repetitions of a mantra. The action of touching and moving around the beads (like a rosary) adds an extra 'anchor' to quiet the mind. It</span></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">&nbsp;wasn't a requirement of my sadhana to reel off 108s, but had become a spontaneous transition day to night, night to day.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Particular mantras are recommended for particular situations we face, employing words which are a wake up the soul, of it's own remembrance, as Russil Paul describes in the fabulous book 'The Yoga of Sound' (</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">which 'appeared' for me&nbsp;around this time via my ever-inspiring colleague Yog Sundari!)</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Or the bija (seed) mantras - which are powerful keys to unlock our inner energy and potential.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">For example you may choose the 'Maha Mritunjaya' mantra to break through fear and embrace transformation. Or the mantra 'Om Yam' to invoke the qualities of the heart.</span></span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">For me right now its the Shanti mantra (below). With the exact, beautiful intonation of my teacher Saji) it came whispering to me one evening as I drifted towards sleep. This mantra I realised was the first I ever led, as a terrified trainee in Kerala several years back.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">What had changed?&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">At that time it was all about the fear of my voice, how did the mantra sound to others, was I getting it right, what the hell did these words in this strange language mean? While now I was tuning in to the vibration and forgetting about the words themselves.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Despite the different 'flavours', any mantra can take us beyond the confines of the ego into connection with the highest self which&nbsp;<i>is</i>&nbsp;unconditional peace, wellbeing, transformation, love and anything else we invoke. In times of turmoil and disharmony, the turmoil within is the one we can start with. 'As above, so below.'</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Centuries ago yogis and yoginis found that sound has different layers, from the loud 'external' sound to a whispered mantra, a silent thinking and a spontaneous repetition. And used mantra as a vehicle of intention; re-creating with our tongue, lips, mouth and vocal chords its particular vibratory pattern allows us to manifest the form or result which that pattern represents.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">The rishis ('seers') worked with both mandala (form) and mantra (vibration) and today there is renewed interest in this, as 'cymatics'.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Check out&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvJAgrUBF4w" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><span class="s1">mandalas created in sand</span></a><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">&nbsp;or this amazing video of the&nbsp;</span><span class="s1" style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvJAgrUBF4w">gayatri mantra made visible in water</a>&nbsp;(thank you Lisa for this, I could just watch it for hours!)</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Like a song we hear constantly on the radio, w</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">hen we repeat a thought it sticks in our subconscious. When we listen to or repeat a mantra we make space between the thoughts - and fill that space with harmonious messages - which serve not only ourselves but others. If you wish to meditate and have a chattering mind (who doesn't right?) japa is for you. Even when the mind becomes quiet the world is chattering at you - others opinions, media messages, technology. So mantra clears the clutter and replaces it with vibrations that re-align us with our original/ desired state of resonance.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Even without a translation - in fact sometimes because of this, as we are not busy analysing - sanskrit mantras have transformative power setting off waves of vibration through&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">our watery organs, cells, bones, energy pathways etc.</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">The act of chanting exercises our lungs and lowers our heart rate. It activates the glandular system, balancing hormonal secretions such as melatonin (sleep cycles). At the same time we are expanding outwards - the 'like attracts like' effect invites a response from that which we are calling to/ for. If that</span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">&nbsp;sounds less verifiable, just try it and see what happens and what others observe in you.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Chanting alone - awesome. Chanting together - even better. We sync into the same breath pattern, the same pitch, the same vibration. We might let slip the armour we build up of who and how different we are and start to feel truly in tune, never minding how in tune our voices are. And isn't that what we are looking for in this practise of union (yoga)?&nbsp;</span></div><div class="p1"><span style="color: #bf9000; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><i><br /></i></b></span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #bf9000; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><i>We are starting a new chanting circle at The Well Garden on Friday 12th Feb at 6pm. It's FREE and requires no prior experience of chanting or even to make a sound (just come, listen, lay down before the 6.30pm class if you like).&nbsp;</i></b></span></div><div class="p2"><span style="color: #bf9000; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b><i><br /></i></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/GlPR_zYLGwE/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GlPR_zYLGwE?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><br /><div class="p1"><br /></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-80902661399885359222016-01-04T03:47:00.000-08:002016-01-04T03:47:42.953-08:00New year, reconnecting with path and purpose<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;"> </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>As one year rolls into the next there is a pressure to blaze into Jan with big decisions, big resolutions; to delete and re-invent. I am sitting waiting for the inspirational words to come, trying to gather together into that expected new year blog post the random thoughts that have been gathering in a reflective few weeks. I almost missed the sound of the rain drops on the steel roof of the boat for the last half hour. I listen and I re-connect. And this is the key, where the inspiration always comes from; turning within, not turning a page on the calendar.</b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The yoga sutra we are most familiar with is probably 1.2 yogas chitta vritti nirodah'. This is the state or purpose of yoga, the stilling of the fluctuations of consciousness. The attention becoming absorbed in the rain drops rather than the to do's and 'I am's'. But flicking onto sutra 2.1, here, clearly outlined, is the practise or path of yoga – 'tapah svadhyaya-isvara-prindindanani kriya-yogah'. This is the how of it – the three prongs of dedicated effort, self study and devotion to the divine which will support the cycle of our practise throughout the years. </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Our early days of yoga (or maybe of each year) might mainly reflect the first element, of tapas: lots of intensive asana practise, a sudden desire for strict routine, grand renunciations and shifts in attitude. Then swadhyaya sneaks into play, perhaps we wonder what is behind this steam roller of transformation and begin to read into the sutras or other texts. But we also begin studying who or what is this 'me' reading, moving or breathing. Perhaps our dedicated practise shifts into a new contemplative depth, whether its content changes or not, whether it still looks the same from the outisde. </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Swadhyaya offers an opportunity for yoga to spill off the mat, for 'Who am I' is not only an enquiry for deepest meditation but in our lives, moment to moment, and in any situation as we begin to re-appraise what draws us towards our happiness or stillness, and what increases the feeling of separateness. The pauses in thought we find on the mat (nirodah) can be applied to any choice such as 'might this comment I'm making on facebook cause anguish'; 'does this relationship nourish me' or 'can this food help me feel more present or more anxious'? </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The more this enquiry draw us within, the closer we come to the divine, whether or not we have a devotional practise or an idea of what the divine looks like. For in yoga the two are only separated by false perception - ishwara and purusha or brahman and atman. Devotion or surrender indicate allowing a softness to creep into practise, as we move from separateness towards union. Perhaps we move from times of necessary purification to a desire to reach out to the divine in others. Or life, family and health circumstances change and surrender allows us to see that not even our glorious early yogi-self is permenant. We move through the ebbs and flows of the years with grace rather than struggling against the tide. </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Of course this path is never linear and as ever deeper layers are revealed, sometimes we have to retrace our steps. And here is why swadyaha stands at the centre of the path. <i>Where am I and what do I need right now? </i></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Here at the beginning of a new cycle can we look honestly at how our bodies and minds feel after a festive break. Whether students or teachers, likely we need to re-apply some discipline to get back on track. But before kicking ourselves: for indulgences and arguments; todays wobbles in a previously steadfast dancing shiva pose; clunky cueing in that first class back...seeing this as an opportunity to be grateful for the awareness of how some of our choices have made us feel this time round; for the patterns we can only see more clearly through testing interactions. </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Swadhyaya is the key to checking in with our own purpose and our own path. No previous effort has been wasted. Rather than how little have I achieved in the year goneby - how much have I learned? To making realistic intentions instead of those that peers or magazines condition us to desire. Or setting extreme targets that we are set to fail and falling into guilt and shame which divide us more deeply that the 'failure'. I remember a beautiful saying by Swami Lakshmanjoo: 'he who knows he has fallen has not really fallen.'</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;">Happy New Year. Embrace this time of transition and all that you are : ) </span>&nbsp;</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GlsRGm3FgjM/VopbbYds2II/AAAAAAAAA70/LxD738H0Yb4/s1600/03dfdaa986bbb6d5c384b9968b3aa3da.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GlsRGm3FgjM/VopbbYds2II/AAAAAAAAA70/LxD738H0Yb4/s1600/03dfdaa986bbb6d5c384b9968b3aa3da.jpg" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-50485389395725842702015-12-19T05:28:00.000-08:002015-12-19T05:28:23.055-08:00Still adrift, but putting down roots <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: orange;"><b>5 winters (the river measure of time and hardiness) ago I returned from India broke and in pieces, and moved into a cold and unfamiliar world.&nbsp;</b></span></span><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="color: #274e13;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">Making a shaky start (broken gear boxes, chimneys lost under low bridges) and frozen in at Hertford I soon toughened up, scooping snow off the roof to boil for tea (and sneaking round to my best mates for washing and warmth). Then it was off to london to join the world of continuous cruising; whereby nomadic boaters move every two weeks, a 'reasonable' distance, sporadically policed by the questionable authority of canal and river trust. A sign of the times is that since then the liveaboard community on the canals has increased by 70-80 percent. Most people will claim crazy rents and inability to buy in london have fuelled this change but I like to see the wish to get outside the machine in some way as just as much a factor. That's certainly why I and many of my friends did it; craving a more sustainable lifestyle in all ways, not just monetary.&nbsp;</span><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">In deciding to buy a boat I ummed and awwed for weeks about the philosophy of it - pretending to 'own' something and buying into the need for security. A wise owl (that same Hertford rock of a friend) said to me - this will be the beginnings of good things for you, and besides your home moves and you have no address it's hardly 'settling down'! She was, as often, right.&nbsp;</span><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">The healing power of water had drawn me: water which signifies the life giving essence expressing in different forms; the emotions; acceptance and flow. Having this floating 'cave' and being able to step away from the popularity contest of london life, I began to expand anew. Savouring aloneness, I began to attract new friends and collaborators.&nbsp;</span><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">It has been with the support of amazing family and friends that I've slowly transformed my boat into a simple but joyful home, reflecting my inner journey. Re painting and re naming her after the celtic goddess of horses this autumn I realise the subconscious power of symbolism. A friend asked me 'did you go for trad colours or does she reflect your personality?' I let the pictures speak to that : )&nbsp;</span><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">And now I move into the second stage of settling, with lesser resistance. Making a full circle back to Hertfordshire, we've moved onto a mooring on the beautiful river stort. It manifested almost instantly after stating with surprise to the universe what I would like in my life now: grounding. Nourished by water and ready for the steady base of earth. What once would have implied stuck-ness and distance from spirit now feels it's very container. Both earth in which to plant sunflowers, broccoli and herbs - and roots from which to welcome the wonderful opportunities opening up to teach and play sound. I am finding new community, including bunnies and squirrels, and soon there'll be a yoga space to invite you to. Of course, again, I can move anytime but there isn't a need to know that.&nbsp;</span></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></span></span></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bWlpImn51mo/VnVbFp4AfgI/AAAAAAAAA6M/-lkHFU99M3Y/s1600/2015-12-18%2B10.23.43.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bWlpImn51mo/VnVbFp4AfgI/AAAAAAAAA6M/-lkHFU99M3Y/s320/2015-12-18%2B10.23.43.jpg" width="320" /></a></span></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></span></span></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SK8cEUxo_cw/VnVbEDSROPI/AAAAAAAAA58/uyX9ZXTSK-M/s1600/2015-12-04%2B12.17.08%2BHDR.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="212" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SK8cEUxo_cw/VnVbEDSROPI/AAAAAAAAA58/uyX9ZXTSK-M/s320/2015-12-04%2B12.17.08%2BHDR.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dbv8DYZUxcY/VnVbDTaX8TI/AAAAAAAAA50/Ed5ufYz4r-c/s1600/2015-11-26%2B09.16.00.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dbv8DYZUxcY/VnVbDTaX8TI/AAAAAAAAA50/Ed5ufYz4r-c/s320/2015-11-26%2B09.16.00.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></span></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">Here she is post transformation - thank you so much to Ben Smith 'Mr Blue' boat painter.&nbsp;</span></span></span></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-75699761124355963962015-11-09T02:54:00.000-08:002015-11-09T02:54:21.289-08:00Thanks to 'wabi-sabi'...a new workshop format...<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><b>I was reminded recently of a concept from Japan - where&nbsp;<i>the 'imperfections' of an object like a tea cup are highlighted, in fact painted gold, to celebrate its history as part of a real and whole beauty; rather than spending endless energy trying to be 'perfect'. Something to bear in mind perhaps, amongst the pressures of the festive season!</i>&nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;">As you know we offer 8 week yoga for eating disorder programmes...but we also appreciate that not everyone can commit this time...so we are super excited to have come up with this new half day workshop format...<br /><br />Exploring the body-mind-eating connection through yoga &amp; mindfulness - a special half day workshop @ The Well Garden.</span></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: -webkit-auto;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jiksl3Cfb9k/VkB5cxG5j8I/AAAAAAAAA3s/q6jsVyPJXw4/s1600/tumblr_mo4xkpga7N1su85gro1_500.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><img border="0" height="204" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jiksl3Cfb9k/VkB5cxG5j8I/AAAAAAAAA3s/q6jsVyPJXw4/s320/tumblr_mo4xkpga7N1su85gro1_500.gif" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></b></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Do you wish to better understand your patterns around emotions, eating habits and body image? To develop greater self acceptance and learn practical tools for dealing with triggering situations in everyday life?&nbsp;</span></div><br /><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: -webkit-auto;"></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Join Dr Sam Bottrill and Ali Gunning for a tailored afternoon of yoga and mindfulness practice plus discussion and gong meditation. We run 8 week courses, professional trainings and workshops exploring the link between body image, eating issues and emotions. This workshop will incorporate recent theories and&nbsp;neuroscience&nbsp;research&nbsp;around self-acceptance, body awareness and&nbsp;eating difficulties&nbsp;with ancient yogic understanding of the body-mind-spirit connection. There will be practical exercises for you to take-home; integrating yoga and mindfulness into the everyday challenges around eating, particularly at this time of year.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: -webkit-auto;"></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">The day will begin with an introductory talk, followed by a tailored group yoga session, mindful tea drinking ceremony, soothing gong (sound) bath and group discussion.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: -webkit-auto;"></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Clinical psychologist, yoga therapist and mindfulness lecturer Sam works in the NHS and privately, specialising in eating disorder recovery. Ali teaches yoga and yoga therapy for mental health and addiction recovery and is the Well Garden's resident gong practitioner. Together we share a passion for promoting healthy bodies, balanced minds and happy eating.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: -webkit-auto;"></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Cost £40 per person</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Booking/ queries: to Ali, piriamvadayogaetc@gmail.com/ 07855402837&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">5th Dec 2015</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Timings 2-6pm</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">At The Well Garden, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, Hackney E82BT&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">All yoga equipment, mats, blankets etc provided&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;">Yoga suitable all levels of experience - please inform us of specific health conditions in advance</span></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-31851217566020067232015-10-29T03:32:00.000-07:002015-10-29T03:32:16.716-07:00Renewed faith<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><span style="color: #783f04;">Patanjali's sutras state that the spiritual aspirant needs 'provisional faith' as well as mindfulness and energy to step onto this path. What about those already on the path for many years, how can our faith continue to be strengthened? In cultivating our connection with our highest self on a daily basis, but also through seeing the emergence of the highest self in others.</span></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I've just finished a month of teaching YTT in Rishikesh. I thank firstly my teacher Yogrishi Vishvektu for his faith in me, even at times when my own conviction falters. But also the 25 Akhanda teachers emerging fully cooked from the 'oven' (as he describes it) of an intensive month at Ananda Prakash ashram. Living, breathing and being 'yoga' together as a community is about much more than becoming a teacher of others, but building faith in our own divine nature. </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">And reaching out a hand to guide this process offers the same benefit. We see after a certain time (and effort) the transformational power of yoga in our wider lives as well as bodies and minds, but mindfulness is strengthened through seeing the new blossoming of Self in others. This year's group inspired me with their bravery, devotion and will to overcome whatever obstacles appeared. And to embrace not only the practise of yoga on the mat, but in every moment. I go home full of renewed energy to share this practise, on a physical level and as a path to divine living. </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">My meet and greet card on day one was 'embrace the negative as well as positive experiences' and this is where our faith is truly tested. I borrow a quotation from several students, via the words of Osho: 'I am the centre of the cyclone, so whatever happens around me makes no difference to me. It may be turmoil or it may be the beautiful sound of running water; I am just a witness to both, and the witnessing remains the same.'</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">When we have faith the right teachers arrive in our lives at the right time to awaken our witness. And from this place our fears - not being good/ smart/ beautiful/ whatever enough - are exposed to be transformed. I'm&nbsp;learning&nbsp;to thank these fears too! For showing me the strength of my faith! Faith does not mean a storm free journey, but does hold our hand and guide us back to the centre. </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Love, congratulations and thanks to all. Hari OM.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: black;"><span style="font-family: Futura;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fztALymg1wY/VjHz0D0cTOI/AAAAAAAAA28/AF8uMRFBwWY/s1600/2015-10-23%2B16.12.39.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fztALymg1wY/VjHz0D0cTOI/AAAAAAAAA28/AF8uMRFBwWY/s320/2015-10-23%2B16.12.39.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GOWiNCW_Bzk/VjHzzfa2vsI/AAAAAAAAA24/-OV_T0um888/s1600/2015-10-23%2B16.36.23-1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GOWiNCW_Bzk/VjHzzfa2vsI/AAAAAAAAA24/-OV_T0um888/s320/2015-10-23%2B16.36.23-1.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nHw-L8_GY8c/VjHzbVaNPgI/AAAAAAAAA2w/obmexaw5bOQ/s1600/2015-10-18%2B17.36.14-1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nHw-L8_GY8c/VjHzbVaNPgI/AAAAAAAAA2w/obmexaw5bOQ/s320/2015-10-18%2B17.36.14-1.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SzbWg7aVxjc/VjH0ETEyWSI/AAAAAAAAA3I/eoaMvvpqfks/s1600/2015-10-03%2B14.43.53.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SzbWg7aVxjc/VjH0ETEyWSI/AAAAAAAAA3I/eoaMvvpqfks/s320/2015-10-03%2B14.43.53.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: black;"><span style="font-family: Futura;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></span></span></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-87538139001319842372015-08-29T02:18:00.000-07:002015-08-29T02:18:30.618-07:00Gong, gong and yet more gong @the well garden <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><span style="color: #783f04;">It seems Hackney can't get enough of gong, so we've upped our offering at The Well Garden to Monday, Tuesday and Friday evening, plus a 'mini gong' for little un's and their parents every Friday at 11.15am.&nbsp;</span></span></div></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Whats it all about?</span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Grand gong master Don Conreaux coined the phrase 'holistic resonance'. The gong sound represents AUM, the universal sound of creation, and has been described by our students as beautiful, dark, angelic, primal, avante garde, industrial, watery, whale-like and much more. No experience is the same.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">With the widest spectrum of tones and overtones of any instrument we've come across, there is something for us all as the room is enveloped in sound and our relaxed bodies and minds absorb that vibration down to a cellular level. Put more simply, it sounds good and feels even better!&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">We are energetic beings - our bodies, thoughts and actions vibrating within a universe of vibration. And sometimes the frenetic pace of life gets us a bit out of balance - disharmony leads to dis-ease.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The gong is our pied piper to lead us to stillness in a noisy world. Here we can access self healing; re-set ourselves to face the week ahead; perhaps know ourselves a little better away from the distractions of who we have to be on a daily basis.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">In gong we are all equal, laying snugly on the floor, held in a space of love, drifting towards one-ness once again.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">See timetable <a href="http://www.thewellgarden.co.uk/classes/4584439605">here</a>.</span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">***</span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><u><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Your turn to play gong! And all night gong bath.&nbsp;</span></u></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">This Autumn Equinox we have a special treat for those who wish to understand more abut the gong and pick up the mallets for themselves!&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">On Sat 19th Sept&nbsp;gong master, author, musician and teacher Sheila Whittaker is hosting a one day intro workshop (10am-5pm) followed by an all night gong 'puja' (10pm Sat - 7am Sunday). A whole day and night of being gonged and gonging!&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Sheila brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with sound healing, which she shares with insight, lightness and compassion. Not to be missed if you've been enjoying our gongs baths so far - there are just a few paces remaining.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Click <a href="http://www.thewellgarden.co.uk/gong-workshop/4588519590">here</a> for full details or contact me with any queries (<a href="mailto:piriamvadayogaetc@gmail.com">piriamvadayogaetc@gmail.com</a>).&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-u-P_1A5s70w/VeF4dgl5WRI/AAAAAAAAA1A/OMDApREPWTA/s1600/11037026_878081288941715_5317478314477989849_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-u-P_1A5s70w/VeF4dgl5WRI/AAAAAAAAA1A/OMDApREPWTA/s320/11037026_878081288941715_5317478314477989849_o.jpg" width="291" /></a></div><div style="-webkit-line-break: after-white-space; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; text-align: -webkit-auto; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><br /></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com22tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-89605591182965283042015-08-10T12:45:00.001-07:002015-08-10T12:45:31.651-07:00Dancing between spontaneity & discipline <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="color: #783f04; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Several years ago a teacher commented on my practise that it was 'all very graceful and dancer-like' but &nbsp;tightly-held and without spontaneity. At the time I was both pleased and confused; of course I want my asanas to look great and what did he expect me to do - crack out a hand-stand while he was cueing warrior? Actually this particular teacher would probably have delighted in that, so assured he was of his &nbsp;craft. Now I kind of get it. When stuck-ness or approval seeking are traits of our life we quite probably replicate them on the mat.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Now in the teachers shoes, I try to offer opportunities for students to honour their own bodies; to make an enquiry and move to its findings, even a simple spinal wiggle as opposed to uniformly cat-cowing with the rest. Like myself then, holding on for dear life in that twist,&nbsp;as students arrive on the mat they often don't know what the body needs or feel what it wants to do. &nbsp;And no wonder - so many of our choices are guided by other people's opinions; we are assuaged with messages about how we should eat, look, walk, dress; and experience life from the head down.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Yoga provides us with a structure in which to begin to re-connect with ourselves, our bodies, hearts and wisdom. And a space in which to dis-connect from some of this previous programming. Recently I've been observing myself on the mat for spontaneity - or lack of. Do I do the sequence that way because its safest/ most effective or am I starting to auto pilot here? Getting on the mat at the same time every day, regardless of how little you want to is immensely powerful - a new habit to replace other ideas that don't serve us so well. I state it clearly - it has changed my life.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">But what about when we believe everything will crumble without it? I looked at the four edges of my mat and briefly saw them as walls - were my ideas become rigid and my boundaries tense? &nbsp;Several times I got the message recently: 'this girl needs to dance!' So with disciplined zeal I searched for where to go and get on with this task asap! Then as plans fell apart, it started to feel more like dancing was a way of being - just as yoga is not just our date with the mat.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I decided to rebel against my own discipline and see if I still felt as balanced and clear. I slept til I woke naturally, sometimes at 5am as usual and sometimes at 9am after a late night teaching. I ate desert and stayed up late sometimes. I slacked off (ok, in the pitta sense of slacking off) for a week or so, felt better rested and increasingly liberated. Soon I was getting excited to move, shifting my sequences around in a circle - a dancer that arose freely from within. I got back on the roof of my boat and didn't care about the staring. And suddenly I was desiring a specific sadhana - back I've gone to the original meditation programme from my first kriya yoga retreat. Exploring it all again with new eyes, making new discoveries, savouring how far I've come and how much potential is still there.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Tantra expresses beautifully this dance between discipline and spontaneity - the student must be seriously dedicated, yet also come to realise that the discipline is the means and not the goal. Practise is for the blocked body and messy mind - the true Self needs no practise. Sometimes we have to let go and just check we're still awake. My favourite poetess Lal ded said something like this 'for then we dance without support'.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">My point here is not to say 'oh just practise when you can be bothered'. No no no! But find ways to keep that practise fresh and alive; to get your feet on the grass; to always enquire within, even when you're doing just what the teacher has told you. Because following to the letter is different to following from the heart.&nbsp;</span></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-347666615838388142015-07-20T02:15:00.000-07:002015-07-20T02:15:06.318-07:00Connection & community <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="color: #783f04; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I have always been a bit of a loner, typical Sagittarius - living by myself, travelling solo and, although obviously surrounded by people in classes, working very much by myself. The idea of community and collaboration can get brushed to the side when we get super busy. Cycling between classes and working evenings I often felt that fellow yoga teachers were whizzing past each other, rarely having time to meet.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">When I graduated as a yoga teacher I didn't really know anyone else who was doing this, and most of my class mates were in other corners of the world. I kind of scrambled through the transition into contacting studios, setting up my own classes, creating lesson plans - with a lot of trial and error.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Recently I've been asked to mentor several of my students in making the transition into teaching. And this has been such a gift, to reflect on and share some of those learnings. To feel proud of their journeys as well as my own.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Embarking on my second teacher training I gained much more of a sense of community - our Akhanda yoga family has branches throughout the world and is now growing strong roots in the UK, through brilliant trainings offered by Yog Sundari.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Community is so vital, to share knowledge and to express what we are teaching - that external differences are just labels and we are all the same underneath. It is easy to be equanimous in lone practise but real practise is to challenge it in interaction.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Of course community doesn't mean just sticking to 'our kind', and I have learned most in recent years from collaborating with practitioners in other fields - acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, music. What a wonderful 'job' this is to meet with others who open our minds in new ways and to offer treatment exchanges to work on our own healing and progress.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Returning from GMT in Poland I have a new family, created around the magic circle of the gong. As the gong is relatively new I feel the opportunity to create this community in a truly open and positive way which is about collaboration rather than picking over differences or competition. There are more than enough gong-ees to go around and the more gong is out there the more people will come.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">If we are open minded, collaboration might be a single meeting which we learn so much from or it can be a long term partnership which takes us in a whole new direction. Collaboration teaches us that we don't have to do it all ourselves (despite being super yogis who are of course possible of it) and allows us to focus on what we are most connected to in this moment.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I feel a new direction calling me as I bring together learnings from all these connections over the years. Launching 'Resonant Retreats' is an attempt to create conscious connections through yoga, gong, wholesome eating and community - to uplift the vibration of our lives. Fran is the raw food genius who is also my hairdresser, dear friend and ex yoga student. We talk for hours about juicing and cleaning up the rivers but we also have a great laugh and we hope a sense of fun, love and lightness will come through in our offerings. See retreats page for info.&nbsp;</span></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-43304880613827573952015-05-05T10:24:00.000-07:002015-05-05T10:49:28.222-07:00Space & soma - a midsummer workshop in Blackheath - 28th June <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Delighted to be invited to host a midsummer workshop at the gorgeous <a href="http://www.healingpath.co.uk/">Blackheath Complementary Health Centre</a> in SE London....</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><i style="color: #274e13; font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><br /></i></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><i style="color: #274e13; font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">'This body is an instrument, you will hear the tune it is meant to play.' Anandamayi Ma (the 'bliss-permeated mother')</i></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">In this half day workshop ('space &amp; soma') we will create the space, which is often missing in our lives, bodies and heads, to uplift our vibration - through yin yoga, pranayama, chanting and gong meditation.</span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Harmonising and making space in body &amp; mind - the yoga session </b></span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Life is a balance of yin and yang - around us, within us and pervading the whole universe. In modern life, and even yoga practise, our balance can tip towards excess yang, the fast paced active, solar energy - depleting our receptive, lunar and nurturing yin. Yin yoga involves surrendering to poses, in stillness, for long periods of time; listening to the body, watching the breath, waiting for release and opening. </span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Whereas dynamic yoga moves chi, yin yoga builds chi - the life force which runs through our meridians and chakras, bringing harmony to immune system, vital organs and glands. Yin yoga builds physical flexibility and emotional resilience - acceptance and awakening to inner wisdom. </span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Pranayama means not only controlling the breath but expanding the vital life force within it. We will explore the blissful Brahmari breath. </span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Through mantra we create space between true self and an overload of information and thought. Chanting as a group creates a powerful healing vibration for the well-being of ourselves and all.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>
Filling that space with blissful vibration - the gong </b></span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Bathing in the sound of gong is believed to work along the same meridian lines as acupuncture and yin yoga. Having opened up and wound down in the yoga session you are free to lay back and receive the vibrations of gong, deep into the body, energy system and mind. The gracious gong has a broader range of tones and harmonics than any other healing instrument so its potential to lead us towards self healing is vast and inclusive.</span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Each session is different, depending on your own needs and energy in that moment. Many people experience profound relaxation and physical release, the movement of blocked energies. Others see images and colours. You may slip into deep meditation, tap into intuition or leave with greater mental clarity. Probably the most common result is the best night's sleep in years!</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Feedback from recent gong &amp; yin workshops:</b></span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">'I'm buzzing with energy after the yin, in a really lovely way. And I feel very clear in my head!'</span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">

<span style="font-weight: normal;">'The gong session helped very much in a moment of intense external stress and worry. I found the resonance and vibration to support, encourage and expand the breath, so there is a constant dialogue between both. The body starts to open up on its own time, effortlessly, as if each organ, chakra, muscle, body and mind structure awakens like a flower in the right moment. There is no forcing, no pushing, the sound is the conduit for change. It is a very beautiful, poetic experience that makes you connect fully with life.'
</span></span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Further details:</b></span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Saturday 28th June 2015</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">10am - 1pm</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">£30 early bird offer when booked and paid before 30th May</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">£35 thereafter</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace; line-height: 16.1200008392334px;">At Blackheath Complementary Health Centre&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace; line-height: 16.1200008392334px;">184-186 Westcombe Hill, London SE3 7DH&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The workshop is suitable for all, regardless of yoga experience. Please contact us if you have any specific health conditions or injuries which require extra support. </span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">A short break with herbal teas and snacks will be provided. Please ensure you leave 2-3 hours between breakfast and the yoga session at 10am. </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Please bring blankets, warm layers and drinking water – </span><b>yoga mats and equipment provided.</b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Contact:&nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0.64cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">For queries and bookings:&nbsp;Ali / 07855 402 837 / <span lang="zxx"><u><a href="mailto:piriamvadayogaetc@gmail.com">piriamvadayogaetc@gmail.com</a></u></span>/ www.yoga-adrift.com</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_mOWbEW0Xm8/VUj8P11LLiI/AAAAAAAAAx0/8xtvsxEnorA/s1600/Screenshot%2B2015-05-05%2B18.20.37.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_mOWbEW0Xm8/VUj8P11LLiI/AAAAAAAAAx0/8xtvsxEnorA/s1600/Screenshot%2B2015-05-05%2B18.20.37.png" height="320" width="204" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-90365621207621328172015-04-22T07:57:00.002-07:002015-04-22T08:02:30.547-07:00Taking your practise to the next level...but not too seriously<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Wow, as spring in London truly arrives, 9 new yoga teachers blossom out from the first ever <a href="http://www.akhandayoga.com/">Akhanda Yoga</a> YTT to be held in the UK!&nbsp;Which leaves me reflecting on this tradition of Akhanda Yoga...and why some of you might be tempted to sign up for the next one... and join the family!</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">Here in London for a workshop and graduation, Yogrishi Vishvketu re-told the story of founding Akhanda yoga - when he came to the west to teach, people kept asking 'what's this type of yoga called..' - 'yoga, just yoga' he would reply. After some time he realised that we like to brand our yoga as much as our leggings or phones. So a name had to be chosen, and that name was Akhanda - meaning indivisible, unbroken tradition (a bit like yoga - so we are essentially saying "yoga yoga"!).&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="color: #274e13;"><span style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><b>What makes Akhanda yoga so special?&nbsp;</b></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">It's a great story but there are reasons why Guruji was asked so often what this type of yoga is - at first it feels different - very 'whole ' - though we might be at a loss to pinpoint why.&nbsp;</span></span></span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #274e13;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">In Akhanda we honour the original streams of yoga - Bhakti, raja, jnana and karma - as well as Hatha yoga.&nbsp;</span><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">That means our practise includes a diverse range of techniques from cleansing kriyas to fire puja, chanting, meditation and study of the scriptures as well as service in our lives.&nbsp;</span><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">Personally I'm bored of saying or hearing the words 'but yoga is not just asana' and I want to be positive about everything yoga is, rather than debate what it's not. That's why Akhanda appealed to me so much.&nbsp;</span><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">There are hundreds of&nbsp;yoga&nbsp;techniques because we are complex and unique beings. According to yogic theory we are comprised of 5 layers - the koshas - which we become familiar with experientially in practise. And different techniques balance or purify each subtler layer. So when we chant we filter the monkey mind, when we do pranayama we expand our energy in preparation for meditation, and so on.&nbsp;</span><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">When it comes to asana, the stilling and purifying of the physical body, we consider not only a balance of the movements of the spine and different station of postures, like inversions and sitting, but our individual constitution (via the Ayurvedic doshas) and the influence of the vayus (subdivisions of the pranic life force which govern different functions of the body).</span><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">Yoga is a path of balance or equanimity - of bringing ourselves from the extremes to the centre. As the Gita says:&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><i>'Yoga is skillfullness in action';&nbsp;</i>not over-feasting or over-fasting, a balance of practise and right understanding.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">Akhanda yoga considers the balancing of opposites - the yin and the yang, the sun and the moon, the rajas and tamas, shiva and shakti, creativity and consciousness, expansion and grounding, effort and allowing, Self and all...for whole-ness.&nbsp;</span><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><b>Taking an Akhanda YTT&nbsp;</b></span><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">Training with the World Conscious Yoga Family (in Akhanda yoga) includes philosophy, techniques, anatomy (yogic and physical), transformational experiences, teaching methodology and ethics, practical teaching experience, yoga and business, discussion about Ayurveda and yogic diet...</span></span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">A lot of learning and a lot of&nbsp;unlearning.&nbsp;<br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">At the weekend Guruji reminded us of some words by the great yogi Goreknath:</span></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><i>'</i></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace; line-height: 24px; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><i>Hasiba Kheliba kariba Dhyanam'</i>&nbsp;- your meditation should be playful.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace; line-height: 24px; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">Akhanda is learned and taught in a spirit of fun. At times you may wonder, why I am elephant walking rather than poring over some scripture, what will I learn? But the point is what we open to by dropping our guard, freeing our thoughts and embracing the child-like spirit. This is as important to teaching as knowing our Sanskrit.&nbsp;</span><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">Of course YTT is challenging! Being ready depends not on x number of years practise, doing whatever advanced techniques or even being sure that you want to teach. But knowing that unshakable pull to explore more and more deeply the effects of this magical thing called yoga. We work on ourselves while learning to share with others. In many ways completing the training is just the start.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br style="text-align: -webkit-auto;" /><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">Traditionally you have two choices - intensive study of Akhanda yoga at its rishikesh hq, versus training in your home country, paced over 9 months or a year. And whats right will depend upon your circumstances and ultimately what your heart gravitates towards...&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">However this year I think Yog Sundari has created the perfect balance for uk trainees - a flexible programme of 8 weekends at breeze in london and a 10 day intensive workshop in India (experiencing guruji's teaching and graduation on the rooftop with the Himalayan foothills in the background!).&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;">I will also be teaching on the programme and you can join us from sept - but hurry we have just 4 places left!&nbsp;<a href="http://www.yogsundari.co.uk/akhanda-yoga-200-hour-teacher-training/">Details here</a></span></span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JFX3DUeUTtI/VTetASs_LxI/AAAAAAAAAwc/nZ8nFwPtkOE/s1600/10169165_10202967847272175_8497725914786986458_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JFX3DUeUTtI/VTetASs_LxI/AAAAAAAAAwc/nZ8nFwPtkOE/s1600/10169165_10202967847272175_8497725914786986458_n.jpg" height="180" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b>Class of 2015</b></span>&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3Zc87cLaNwo/VTetPt5MygI/AAAAAAAAAwk/NgtoZBJZ8Zc/s1600/P1020573.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3Zc87cLaNwo/VTetPt5MygI/AAAAAAAAAwk/NgtoZBJZ8Zc/s1600/P1020573.JPG" height="240" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace; font-size: x-small;"><b>Me and Guruji&nbsp;</b></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-1741982071198670692015-04-14T10:03:00.000-07:002015-04-14T10:03:04.756-07:00Chai & chat with...Sheila Whittaker, gong master, musician, teacher & sound healer<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #7f6000; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I have noticed a huge surge in interest in the gong recently, with many people asking me where they can learn to play. So... we are delighted to welcoming such an authority on sound healing and gong, Sheila Whittaker, to host an <a href="https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=192421">introductory workshop and ALL-night gong puja at the well garden this Sept 19th</a>. Sheila's was the first gong workshop I attended and has provided much inspiration for my personal and playing journey with the gong! Over to Sheila to tell you more...</span></div><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></span><span style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>What got you into working with the gong?</b></span></span><br /><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I was already working as a Sound Healer when I discovered the gong, about ten years ago - a series of synchronicities led me to discover it. I quickly realised it is the most powerful Sound Healing instrument and did the necessary training. Since then I&nbsp; have specialised in working with large high quality gongs.</span></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>How many gongs do you own?</b></span></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">About 28 I think</span></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>...Which is the most essential/ dear to you and why?</b></span></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I love my 60" gong and it is an amazing healing instrument. But my 38" symphonic gong is my favourite - it's sound&nbsp;is like coming home to me.. it has everything and really moulds to the person it is treating, giving exactly what is needed.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>You are a classically trained musician - does/ how does that influence your gong playing?&nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">It doesn't really influence my gong playing - it's not necessary to be musically trained to play the gong as it's a spontaneous thing - we play intuitively. But I guess my musical training does come in sometimes as I often find myself playing rhythms or hearing certain harmonies. The musical training definitely helps&nbsp;with&nbsp;my teaching though - it's very useful in that arena.</span></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>What are the benefits of a 'gong bath'?</b></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Stress relief, relaxation, increased ability to cope with life's every day challenges, feeling more chilled out and tolerant, plus a myriad of other possible effects such as pain relief, and help for conditions such as insomnia, migraines, fibromyalgia, kidney stones, and other conditions.</span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>What is the difference between a gong meditation and gong/ sound healing?</b></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">A gong meditation would probably be for a number of people, who may be either sitting or lying down, like a group gongbath.&nbsp;A gong healing would usually be&nbsp;a treatment session on a one-to-one basis for one&nbsp;recipient, with the Gong Practitioner just focusing on that person.</span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>How important is intention when offering or receiving sound healing?&nbsp;</b></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I think it is very important. My intention is always to be a clear and pure channel for healing sound to flow through me for the Highest good of all present. Then there is always a positive intention, and that can only lead to a good outcome.</span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Where is the most unusual place you've held a gong bath?</b></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I suppose that would have to be a huge basketball court in Perth, Australia, about 8 years ago when we took the on tour. Many people attended the group gongbath - it was an awesome occasion. I've also played at several garden parties, and it's nice to play the gongs outside - birds join in and animals tend to come and want to listen.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>What are some of the common ailments/ conditions you use gong to treat?</b></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">As above - insomnia, pain relief, fibromyalgia, migraines and headaches, stress relief, energy imbalances of all types, both physical and emotional, blocks in the subtle energy system, moving people on spiritually by clearing old energy.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>...And some of the more surprising/ unusual?</b></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Yes, we've had results with kidney stones - scans showed there was one, then after a gongbath it had gone. We seem to be able to clear blockages to conception too - I and my students have successfully treated several ladies who wanted to get pregnant, and conceived following one or more gong treatments.</span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>How do the benefits differ when playing rather than receiving a gong bath?</b></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">When you receive a gongbath you're able to just relax and receive. So the client may feel more relaxed than the therapist afterwards. However, I do feel that the benefits are more or less the same for giver and receiver - as Gong Practitioners we are so close to the gongs when giving treatments and gongbaths that we are bound to benefit from the vibes just as much as the client we are treating. We're not free to allow ourselves to go fully into Theta state and have visions and "journey", but we still get the effects. That's my feeling anyway, and my experience.</span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Why is the gong becoming so popular?</b></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Because it has the broadest range of tones of any Sound Healing instrument. It works so well for relaxation, wellbeing and relief of stress, and people seem to be drawn to it somehow, when they are ready to grow spiritually.</span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>As a healer how do you balance the need for technology with connection to nature?</b></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Not easily! I use technology when necessary, and it is&nbsp;necessary to be able to utilise the latest technology for our work, while recognising that our connection to nature is of primary importance. Nature is our earth - our mother, and we need to be connected with her above all else. There are some destructive technologies today&nbsp;that I feel are not necessary or advantageous. We need to put nature first, not technology!</span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Who or what have been your greatest teachers?</b></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Many! My parents; my first spiritual teacher Sri Vasudeva; the gong work and the gongs; certain relationships have been some of the greatest teachers! Mooji; James Eaton; Eckhart Tolle.&nbsp;My own self observation and intuition.</span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>What keeps you in balance (gong and other treatments or practises)?</b></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The gongs, chanting, listening to music, meditation of all types, playing the violin and performing, eating lightly and nutritiously, mixing with like-minded people, doing things which keep my energy vibration high.</span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>What is the importance of honouring the equinoxes and solstices?</b></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I feel we need to honour the natural cycles of the earth and celebrate the passing of the seasons. It is good to mark these times with rituals,&nbsp;as our ancestors did in times past - an opportunity for people to come together in celebration. The gong Puja is an ideal&nbsp;event to celebrate these special times.</span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5UHXao4GBWE/VS1Gh7ZnPaI/AAAAAAAAAwA/yu9WahI4vtg/s1600/A1%2Bplaying%2BChiron%2BDSC01141cropped.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5UHXao4GBWE/VS1Gh7ZnPaI/AAAAAAAAAwA/yu9WahI4vtg/s1600/A1%2Bplaying%2BChiron%2BDSC01141cropped.jpg" height="320" width="292" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace; font-size: x-small;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Sheila's first introductory gong workshop takes places at the well garden, hackney on Sat 19th Sept - you can attend the daytime workshop 10am-5pm to learn more about the gong's history as well as how to play - plus participate (play and receive gong) in a sacred gong puja ceremony, running all night until Sunday 20th (breakfast provided)!&nbsp;</b></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">&nbsp;</span></div></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-77323505821157083012015-04-06T08:08:00.002-07:002015-04-06T13:16:35.585-07:00'Dig a hole for your pond without waiting for the moon. When the pond is finished the moon will come by itself'...<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="color: #783f04;"><span style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">These words by Dogen Kenji just sum up the practise of yin yoga for me.</span><span style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="color: #783f04;">Recently I was lucky enough to take a yin yoga training with Gayatri Gayle Poapst a Canadian anatomy and yoga teacher who trained with Sarah Powers, one of yin's pioneers. </span><br /><br /><span style="color: #274e13;">Yin, also known as Taoist yoga, is all about resistance and surrender. We surrender the to the pose, we surrender the mind's resistance into breath or mantra, we surrender (rather than resist) what is right now. We wait. This might sound unpalatable, especially for us pitta types! Yet, as is often the case, what we 'dislike' can often be just what we need - a welcome release in a world of striving and flitting. <br /><br />The environment many of us live, work and play in is YANG. To keep up with it we eat, move, think in a very yang way. And why not? No one wants to be seen to slow down, step back, ' lose their edge' - right (including, perhaps, on the mat)? As nature around us plays out as a balance of yin and yang, so do we require both the 'sunny and shady sides of the mountain' to be healthy and whole. Yin and yang exist together, within one another, within each of us.<br /><br />Coming home from the first day of training, via the buzz and tension of the tube, I cycled down the river feeling the shivers of chi in my body. I looked at the reflection of the full moon in the water and thought: this is what yin yoga brings to the mat (and this is what london needs more of!). <br /><br /><b>Why yin?</b><br /><br />Yin and the physical body <br /><br />When we move in and out of asana in dynamic or 'yang' practise we rarely hold a pose longer than 1 minute and even where we do we are engaging, activating and generally working against gravity, which both stretches muscles and strengthens them. This is great and totally necessary, but doesn't scratch the surface of the structures which connect bones, joints and muscles. It takes over 3 mins to stretch out these ligaments, tendons and fascia - with a like-attracts-like approach, ie holding for a long time in a relaxed way...a yin approach to yin tissues. <br /><br />Lines of fascia connect the body from head to toe and spiralling within, for example from the psoas through the diaphragm to the tongue. The body is interconnected by its web and wherever we tense or tug a strand we affect seemingly unconnected regions. A microcosm of the universe itself. Imagine how as we spend hours at the laptop, forehead tensed, this ripples through the body. <br /><br />As for the joints, as we age they become drier, more vata - yin practise keeps them lubricated and infused with prana.<br /><br />Yin in balance <br /><br />Fascia gives us our shape and sometimes even yoga practise doesn't seem to be shifting that whole body stiffness we come up against at certain times of life or circumstance. So try yin... But don't give up your yang practise just yet! The two balance each other. Yin may make our yang praise more open and flexible but yang does a vital job of strengthening and stabilising our joints to complement their openness. <br /><br />As someone drawn to contemplative practise I absolutely savour yin but with high mobility I recognize the absolute need to keep on strengthening. Actually it's an interesting practise for 'bendy ones' as we can often flop easily into a (physically) deep expression of a pose without much to challenge our awareness - as yin focuses on sensation we may have to step back to find it, and focus even deeper to be sure we are safe. <br /><br />Yin versus restorative <br /><br />Although both may use multiple props, restorative yoga is more designed to release the body into support and comfort, ideal for recovery from illness or injury, with yin more aligned to exploring our edges of comfort and going beyond the body into the deeper Koshas. <br /><br />If anyone tells you either style of yoga is the 'easy option' I invite them to spend 10 minutes in dragon!!<br /><br />Yin and the energy body <br /><br />Many of us groan at the idea of hip openers as we know that not only our stiffness is highlighted. The hips, land of the swadisthana chakra, stir up emotions and here in yin we are holding them for an, at first, excruciating 3/5/10 or more minutes (yes, each side!). Fascia it seems is the gateway to the meridians or Nadis and the chakras and provides access to stored emotions and tendencies.<br /><br />Chinese medicine and yogic anatomy overlap in mapping out how our organs, glands and nervous system are supplied with the subtle force which makes them tick. Lines of chi or prana move through water rich channels, governing our state of health. This chi must move (yang practise) but also be replenished (yin). <br /><br />Of course the breath is the vehicle of prana and the stillness of the poses offers us a real opportunity to study, feel and guide the breath. <br /><br />Mindfulness <br /><br />Mindfulness tunes us into how we feel through the messages of sensations - the body whispering, talking and eventually shouting at us for what we need. Yoga practised with a desire for the body to be different and a list of shoulds and musts can reinforce our disconnection. <br /><br />Once we find our comfortable edge in a yin pose we commit to stillness, breathe and observe. W</span></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">e 'dig our pond' and we wait!..</span><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;">becoming the witness. This, of course, is easier said than done, but hugely rewarding (as the tons of mindfulness research that have emerged in recent years reflects) in life off the mat. The poses increase the potential for us to feel our body while coming back to the witness challenges the egos grip on our consciousness as we stay, in stillness, and drop through the body into deeper layers of mind. <br /><br />Yin and meditation <br /><br />'Yogas chitta vritti nirodah' yoga is stilling the fluctuations of consciousness (patanjali) <br /><br />How many of us stay still for more then 5 minutes in the waking day without distracting ourselves in some way - book, iPhone, TV, conversation etc etc?. Amazing how we think 'I just want to be still and quiet yet' when that is offered we will do anything we can to escape it, to wriggle away from the discomfort of what appears in the space or just the space itself - the mind throwing us resistance in the form of itches and excuses - 'I don't need this', 'how boring' etc. <br /><br />In yin, after establishing ourselves as the witness, we are in a ripe space to face the underlying patterns which everyday life allows us to dodge. Being still and quiet is not about swinging from a rajasic mind to a dull one - we face it's ripples and let them go, often adding the positive vibration of mantra or brahmaree breath (or welcoming in the luscious tones of gong). <br /><br />Yin is meditation in partial motion itself but if you find the act of sitting tricky it will also give you some much needed openess in the hips to fold into that 'steady comfortable seat'... And all that unfolds from there.<br /><br /><b>I start a weekly yin class every Thursday 6.30pm at the well garden from April 9th<br />As yin works along the same meridian lines as gong I invite you to try them both together for some powerful release and rejuvenation...<br />6.30pm - 8.30pm, £16/18</b></span></span><br /><div><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><b><br /></b></span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><b><br /></b></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-de9Fao90GwM/VSKgQMb7BWI/AAAAAAAAAvI/lS6JPylXgoA/s1600/frogs-fancy-cat-tails-fantasy-fire-fly-firefox-persona-frog-full-moon-lily-lily-pads-night-pond-reflection-sky-stars-1200x1600.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-de9Fao90GwM/VSKgQMb7BWI/AAAAAAAAAvI/lS6JPylXgoA/s1600/frogs-fancy-cat-tails-fantasy-fire-fly-firefox-persona-frog-full-moon-lily-lily-pads-night-pond-reflection-sky-stars-1200x1600.jpg" height="240" width="320" /></a></div><div><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="color: #274e13;"><b><br /></b></span></span></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-64823969299928890282015-04-06T08:00:00.000-07:002015-04-06T08:00:31.870-07:00soma - a one day spring workshop - right here in hackney <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="color: #783f04; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Happy spring time!&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #783f04; font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">An idea that really resonates with me is Ayurveda's balance between agni and soma, on a deeper, inner level, the forces of sun and moon, purification and rejuvenation.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #783f04; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #783f04; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">So, the seasonal retreat this spring at the well garden is all about the moon-like, blissful nectar of soma. Celebration rather than detoxification!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #783f04; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #783f04; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Here are the details...</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Soma - flowing with the joy of life&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px;"><b>Revive, get in shape, laugh, love, share &amp; learn.</b></span><br style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px;">Ready to come out of hibernation and unfurl the body into Spring? As the days lighten we prepare to bring ideas to fruition and embrace personal growth. We continue with a series of one day retreats to inspire you through the transitions and challenges of the seasons.</span><br style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px;">Water symbolises the flow of life, rejuvenating and adaptable; soma the stream of inner bliss. Harnessing these energies in our yoga practise, we can expand into a more joyful way of being - with our body, self and the world.</span><br style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px;">Join me, Piriamvada/ Ali, for a day in the life of an ashram retreat right here in Hackney. Workshop includes two yoga asana practises, pranayama, mantra and meditation. Morning</span><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; display: inline; line-height: 18px;">&nbsp;yoga, dynamic but nurturing, will get the body and prana flowing. In the afternoon we explore deeper layers of body and mind through the stillness of yin yoga, mantra and breath-work. Guided meditation, time spent in nature and an optional evening kirtan bring us towards blissful harmony.<br /><br />Lunch will be picnic-style (outdoors if we're lucky!) so please bring a vegetarian/ vegan dish or some bits and pieces to share. Snacks, water and herbal teas will be provided throughout the day.<br /><br /><b>Saturday 16th May 9.30am-5.30pm<br />Optional kirtan (guided devotional chanting with acoustic music) 6pm-7pm<br /><br />The Well Garden, Hackney Downs Studios, 3-17 Amhurst Terrace, Hackney, London E82BT<br /><br />Cost £60 per person or £50 early bird (book and pay via paypal to alipretc@gmail.com before 2nd April)<br />Kirtan £8 for retreat attendees, £10 drop in<br />Please bring a vegetarian/ vegan dish or a few bits to share during lunch<br /><br />Suitable all levels, all yoga equipment provided<br />Contact me to pre-book and receive full programme piriamvadayogaetc@<a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fgmail.com%2F&amp;h=hAQGkGwsf&amp;enc=AZOwg6MNHJkLO0kWDogB9AUeY8yWRuVbutnptwCzDhunWy1AOaOotZk28skS_9PHEIg&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow nofollow" style="cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">gmail.com/</a>&nbsp;07855402837</b></span></span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; display: inline; line-height: 18px;"><b><br /></b></span></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-j9_wCudkj6g/VSKfDM1yFSI/AAAAAAAAAvA/KkUCCbmPVZU/s1600/IMG_6617.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-j9_wCudkj6g/VSKfDM1yFSI/AAAAAAAAAvA/KkUCCbmPVZU/s1600/IMG_6617.jpg" height="213" width="320" /></a></div><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; display: inline; line-height: 18px;"><b><br /></b></span></span></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-67606499429251338652015-03-30T04:24:00.001-07:002015-03-30T04:25:56.393-07:00Expectations....<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">On the recent Rajasthan retreat we talked about banning the words SHOULD, MUST and CANT and this applies as much to teaching as to practising yoga.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">EXPECTATIONS. When we first get on the mat these'll likely be about our own bodies, not doing as we believe they should/ what our neighbour's can do; frustration as to why today's practise isn't as 'good' as yesterday's; wondering why we feel angry, agitated etc when we 'should be' zen personified like the serene teacher sitting in front of us...</span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Then, as teachers we continue to have, and maybe grow some new, expectations about ourselves. We will of course expect class to pan out just as we planned it and torment ourselves when we didn't stick to the painstakingly crafted plan (although it could that our students loved us for that spontaneous sequence which felt it had been just made for them!). To expect ourselves to be as funny/ popular/ experienced as the next teacher on the schedule. To know all the answers, otherwise be exposed as a yogi fraud! And maybe to feel like we should be perfectly at peace with ourselves (not not having these expectations) now that we've ticked the box of YTT. We are work in progress and old patterns may come up again in this new form.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">But perhaps also towards our students. Do we expect they should show a certain level of commitment, body awareness or behaviour off the mat? Might the fact we feel drained or disappointed by our students 'lack' on any of these points be more about the security of our teacher ego? Teaching is a wonderful practise in offering up the fruits of our actions, karma yoga in action. Krishna would say we just do our duty and leave the results to god; the role we play might not always match up with our expectations of who we are or how we are perceived, but may be what's necessary in the wider scheme of life.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">That's not to say we become push overs or lazy teachers who roll out the same class with minimal effort as 'they can't be bothered anyway'. Or stop encouraging, inspiring and challenging our groups. But find the balance of doing our best and offering it up.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">And of course students will have expectations of us. Oh yes! For us to make them as happy as their last class/ favourite teacher/ other style of yoga did; for us to behave flawlessly off the mat. We are a work in progress as are they, we will grow as teachers as they grow as practitioners. Can and should we communicate this - for example acknowledge that the 'serene' teacher that now sits in front of them is sometimes shaking inside? I don't think there is one right answer, except to have awareness of where this is coming from and speaking to - if we are looking to have an outlet for our personal stuff there are more suitable ears; if we are seeking approval, why? But if we can soften students expectations of themselves by sharing a little of our own vulnerability, we may all grow in the process.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Continuing, or starting, to cultivate authenticity, non-attachment and discernment through our own sadhana will help us navigate this path and turn expectations into teachers themselves.m</span></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-73675596717196606172015-02-25T05:07:00.000-08:002015-02-25T05:07:43.532-08:00One conscious bite at a time...<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <br /><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="color: #b45f06;">Many of you will have come across mindful eating on yoga retreats or mindfulness courses - probably based on the John Kabat-Zinn raisin exercise. It often reveals our deep emotional connections with food – from memories of mum's christmas cake to 'I wish the teacher would just shut up and let me eat it!' (depending on what the edible object is/ how we are feeling). But it can also be terrifying, baffling etc. </span></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">It is one thing to eat consciously with soothing guidance in a relaxed environment (as it is to breath beautifully into parasympathetic resonance on our yoga mats) but how do we apply these learnings on the wider scale, to benefiting our everyday lives? </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">In our recent 8 week course tailoring yoga towards recovery from disordered eating, we set a home practise: to take one mindful bite of each meal, or conscious sip of one drink, once per day. So I'm following it myself for a week. The task is to slowly explore with the senses: smelling, touching, watching, listening to and finally tasting. But not just like v dislike ('yep that piece of toast smells good' as we shovel it in); really observing how the smell fades and develops; feeling around the different textures, noticing the temperature; putting an ear to the crackling of muesli... and so on. </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">For most of us not every meal can be this slow and mindful. There are situations where we would feel extremely odd gazing intently at our dinner. Say dinner with our new work colleagues for example!</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">But can the scheduled practise seep into the day to day, so that every meal becomes a little bit more conscious? From the two extremes we can move towards balance and integration - this is what yoga is all about right? </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">On day one its more like my third sip of morning tea which is at all mindful. The first thing I notice, before even the smells, texture etc is berating myself for forgetting! High expectations and judgement can be a pattern itself (it probably already is a pattern in many areas - playing out on the plate or the yoga mat). The exercise isn't about being perfect – in this case perfectly mindful all the time, just a little more conscious. </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Day two I choose my morning yoga snack, a couple of dates and nuts. I think about how sugary dates are as well as how amazing they are to squish and realise that I wake up looking forward to this sugar in the morning when its particularly cold on the boat. And that I don't judge myself for this, whereas in the past I would have felt bad about admitting to having sugar cravings. I feel pleased with myself for this step... then judge myself for my lack of equanimity!</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Day three I start to notice my posture as I eat, it seems quite protective and cramped – I would never sit for yoga practise this way. I examine all the textures of my bircher muesli and banana, just as it is. I am also aware of how much easier it is for me to be mindful with cold foods/drinks than hot ones, which I cant bear to go cold – interesting!</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Day four I am trying out dinner and I realise I'm thinking about an intelligent thing to write about the experience. I laugh at myself for being unconscious in a whole new way. </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Day five, you may be getting bored now, but I am curious about how different meals or foods are more emotive and difficult. Sometimes we bolt our lunch because we just have to eat in a hurry or because the pace of our lives has us habitually rushing. And to judge ourselves for that can be counter productive. But at other times are we rushing as we subconsciously know that if we did slow down we would go through a less elaborate version of conscious eating – and realise that what we are eating isn't the best thing for our health right now? </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Day six, I'm eating with family and thinking about how hard it is to be both attentive to conversation and keep my senses on the plate. Of course eating together can be joyful, as it is in this case, but there can also be lots of triggers and challenges to staying conscious with food, perhaps versus using food to escape or deal with am emotional situation. </span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Last day, dinner, I make a legendary raw salad of red cabbage, carrot, tahini, olive oil, sunflower seeds and goji berries. I realise that what I'm doing is shifting things around in my routine for the opportunity to eat consciously...as opposed to fitting in eating/the practise when I can. I pause after shutting my laptop down before going to the kitchen. Switch the engine off and pause before serving up.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gbjfbwNFPS0/VO3HwiKgkAI/AAAAAAAAAtk/-VGCH0Sig4U/s1600/tea.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gbjfbwNFPS0/VO3HwiKgkAI/AAAAAAAAAtk/-VGCH0Sig4U/s1600/tea.jpg" height="228" width="320" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>If you are interested in how yoga can help with disordered eating please contact us about the next 8 week course. Om shanti&nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace; font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace; font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-36316002543544754632015-02-22T11:09:00.000-08:002015-02-23T02:35:00.321-08:00chai & chat with...Tracy Karkut-Law Homeopathy<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">A friend recently chided me for writing so infrequently on my blog. Sometimes it is hard to find the right balance of 'I' and potentially useful information (perhaps other yogis would resonate with this!). I also recently realised how surrounded I am with inspiring people, an extended sangha that includes yogis and many other holistic&nbsp;practitioners.&nbsp;So I decided to let them do the talking about what they do, where, how etc.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">First up is <b>Tracy Karkut-Law</b>, super-homeopath, DJ, nature lover and mum of 2 from Bethnal Green...Tracy has been helping me with a cold aching in my upper back so I can attest to her nurturing approach.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>What got you into Homeopathy and how long have you been practising?</b></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I first tried homeopathy when a friend suggested it for my recurring sinus infections, as an alternative to my frequent antibiotics. I had a really positive response to my first prescription and never looked back!</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I’ve been qualified for almost eight years, but feel I have been practicing a lot longer than that as I was giving remedies to friends and family even before I started my training.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>What's involved and what are the benefits?</b></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that can be used to resolve all types of acute and chronic health issues. A homeopathy appointment is surprisingly detailed, and includes personal and family medical history, as well as general information such as whether you are warm or chilly, and what types of food you prefer.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Most people find that after a first appointment, they start to feel more well in themselves, they are sleeping better and have more positive energy. In addition they will notice a general improvement in their symptoms. Sometimes, and not always at the beginning of treatment, there can be a short-term worsening of symptoms as part of the natural healing process. Sometimes old symptoms may &nbsp;reappear in order to be healed. Overall, homeopathy helps us to be stronger and more resilient. There are excellent benefits from ‘preventative’ or ‘maintenance’ treatment as well as treatment for actual illness. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>What are some of the common conditions you treat?</b></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I frequently treat illness related to allergies. I have developed a Homeopathic Hayfever Prevention programme that I’ve been using for many years, that is very popular as it works well. Two appointments during the winter and one during the summer are usually all that are needed. I use a combination of desensitisation strategies along with liver support and constitutional treatment.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I work with issues around immunity, especially in cases of recurring infections - sinus, chest, throat, glandular issues, urine infections all respond beautifully to homeopathy. I include antibiotic detoxification as part of the treatment, which I find is very helpful.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>….And some of the more unusual/ unexpected ones?&nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">To be honest, I never know what I will be treating from one day to the next. Everyone is welcome! This last year I’ve worked with many long-term chronic illnesses such as HIV+ and Parkinson’s, both with good results.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>What role does intention have to play in the treatment?</b></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I like to explain my strategies and reasoning behind remedies. I also talk about the remedy itself - what it is made from and why it is appropriate. I strive for a balance between being non-judgmental but also honest and open. I feel that this is the only authentic way to practise.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>How has homeopathy, or perhaps the acceptance of homeopathy evolved since you began practising?</b></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Homeopathy is better known nowadays, partly due to the influence of the internet. There are many sceptics and detractors out there, however, so as professionals, we need to maintain a very clear and positive online presence.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Homeopathy has well-established and traditional philosophy and principles that have served us well for almost 200 years. However, we have additional tools and strategies in our tool-kit that are relatively recent, but well proved and effective. These include ‘sarcodes’ (remedies made from healthy organs and tissues) used to stimulate repair and normal function of different body parts and organs that are not working well. Another example is ‘tautopathy’ (remedies made from a substance that may have caused harm, such as a vaccination) used to detox where certain substances are seen as ‘causes’.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>What are the best preventative 'medicines' for modern living?</b></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The best preventative medicines for modern living are, in my opinion, sleep and activity. We live lives that are too full, and too sedentary on too little sleep.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Which plant best represents you and why?&nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The plant that represents me best is perhaps the geranium. Long-lasting, energising and yet relaxing. :)</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Who/ what have been your most important teachers?&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">My most important teachers? This is such a great question! I have learned so much from many homeopaths - I can’t choose between my tutors at homeopathy college. Gordon Sambidge, Marcus Fernandez, Susi Deller, Hilery Dorrian, Robert Bridge, Tony Hurley, Colin Griffiths, Mike Bridger and Tricia Allen. I have to add Caroline Gaskin, a tutor from a different college. My first two homeopaths, Angelika Koch and Lesley Murphy. I learned so much from Miranda Castro’s Homeopathy for Mother and Baby book. Robin Murphy and Ian Watson have written many words of wisdom for homeopaths that I have read and reread many times over.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>How do you stay balanced while living in London?!</b></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Balance is never easy, but I this is what I aim for.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Be outside - parks and canals are a great way to be in nature.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">If you can manage it - have a dog or a cat.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Be active - walk, cycle everywhere in a 3 mile radius.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Keep one day (for me it is Sunday) free to relax.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>Give us 5 top tips for holistic living in London</b></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><div class=""><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Shop local, and go to the amazing markets - Globe Town, Broadway, Columbia Road, Brick Lane, Spitalfields.</span></div><div class=""><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Buy locally baked bread - Pavilion and E5 are my favourites.</span></div></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Take classes - dance, yoga, pilates, anything! There is so much on offer. Try new things until you find something you love.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Find a therapy that resonates and use it regularly - massage, acupuncture, homeopathy or something else.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Look for opportunities to be creative. Take photos, join a choir, or anything that inspires you.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>As a practitioner, how do you balance our increasing reliance technology with the need to connect with nature?&nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Technology is a wonderful thing but it can also be a massive time-suck. This is what works for me:</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br class="" /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I try to do most things from my phone - on the go, and keep it brief.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I use a notebook and a diary. If I write something I remember it better.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I sit down with a laptop two or three times a week to take care of longer tasks.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I take a couple of whole days per month to work on bigger projects.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I unsubscribe ruthlessly from emails.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I aim for my inbox to be zero but use folders to file things I need to action.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Evernote is a great place to capture ideas and anything I might want to work on, but keeps it out of my inbox.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I get out in nature every day, once or twice. Walking and taking long-cuts through the park are great.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I try to see a sunset or a sunrise at least once a week.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I always have a vase of flowers in my home.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I have a dog and a cat. They are wonderful companions and my dog is a great excuse to get outside.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Go to bed early and wake earlier for a walk or a run.</span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-26ZMn8NbnqU/VOiqM5y23iI/AAAAAAAAAtU/HzSgAtanSSg/s1600/Tracy-008Cropped.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-26ZMn8NbnqU/VOiqM5y23iI/AAAAAAAAAtU/HzSgAtanSSg/s1600/Tracy-008Cropped.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b><i>Tracy practises at the well garden and the plane tree in hackney. Schedule/ find out more&nbsp;<a href="http://homeopathywithtracy.co.uk/">here</a></i></b></span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b>More about homeopathy&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="color: #274e13; font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">Homeopathy is a gentle, effective and non-toxic form of medicine that has been in use for over 200 years. The basic homeopathic principle of 'like cures like' was established by Hippocrates 2,500 years ago, but homeopathy as we know it today, was developed by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann. He began his career as a doctor, but gave up his practice because he felt that his medicines and their side effects were doing more harm than good. He went on to experiment with giving reduced doses of potentially toxic medicine, and discovered that minute dilutions of a substance would cure his patients of the symptoms that a larger dose would cause.</span></div></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-41075387481788554892015-01-08T02:41:00.003-08:002015-01-08T02:52:53.989-08:00Rajasthan... coming up <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Looking back at some old India photos with my travel companion Sarah, over curry of course, was a timely reminder of how amazing and unique Rajasthan is!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Here are a few reasons to love it: wonderful local arts, crafts and costume (very distinct to the rest of India); vibrant markets; pink, blue and white cities rising out of the desert; majestic palaces floating on lakes, roaming around grand old forts and gazing across the desert from atop a camel!&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I'll never forget my experience of camel safari with my two cousins; brand new to India I loved to watch the awe on their faces, remembering how it felt myself to step of the plane and be immersed in colours, smells, sunshine, cars beeping and all the wonderful madness of Northern India.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Of cooking lessons and hanging out in cafes in Pushkar. And the contrast of fresh air, green space and ornate Jain temples as we headed up into the hill station of Mount Abu.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I'm hosting an affordable and magical retreat with yoga on a shoestring at Castle Bijapur this March. The details are here on my retreats page - a few pics below to whet your appetite!&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f9UZG-ZzUqA/VK5dtVlLiuI/AAAAAAAAArc/8aqbCQAnJSM/s1600/Magical%2BRajasthan.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f9UZG-ZzUqA/VK5dtVlLiuI/AAAAAAAAArc/8aqbCQAnJSM/s1600/Magical%2BRajasthan.jpg" height="212" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-45sI4XTvOVA/VK5dwvUBcZI/AAAAAAAAArs/JAPrr8xH9zw/s1600/Screenshot%2B2014-12-16%2B17.49.15.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-45sI4XTvOVA/VK5dwvUBcZI/AAAAAAAAArs/JAPrr8xH9zw/s1600/Screenshot%2B2014-12-16%2B17.49.15.png" height="211" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zWLU5Q1qEEA/VK5dwI0woRI/AAAAAAAAArk/czcvX_iXWsQ/s1600/Screenshot%2B2014-12-16%2B17.50.43.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zWLU5Q1qEEA/VK5dwI0woRI/AAAAAAAAArk/czcvX_iXWsQ/s1600/Screenshot%2B2014-12-16%2B17.50.43.png" height="157" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JF2RGndJIgk/VK5dyvN-woI/AAAAAAAAAr4/zYsMQ1ZkBlc/s1600/1780050_681837201931032_1029534514101270290_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JF2RGndJIgk/VK5dyvN-woI/AAAAAAAAAr4/zYsMQ1ZkBlc/s1600/1780050_681837201931032_1029534514101270290_o.jpg" height="240" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MeOBzEM4oQk/VK5dyyaAQMI/AAAAAAAAAr8/BA4UxRmCZWw/s1600/10428114_681838158597603_4073266490331543553_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MeOBzEM4oQk/VK5dyyaAQMI/AAAAAAAAAr8/BA4UxRmCZWw/s1600/10428114_681838158597603_4073266490331543553_o.jpg" height="213" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1jbdDsmfHIM/VK5dyblCe7I/AAAAAAAAAr0/2cyRRzk9dgg/s1600/10665241_681837138597705_8449225458100530621_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1jbdDsmfHIM/VK5dyblCe7I/AAAAAAAAAr0/2cyRRzk9dgg/s1600/10665241_681837138597705_8449225458100530621_n.jpg" height="213" width="320" /></a></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Om shanti&nbsp;</span></span></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2059161297371100830.post-9358045640327651362014-12-27T07:00:00.000-08:002015-01-08T01:47:40.924-08:00Next 8 week course - yoga for disordered eating - STARTS 27TH JAN (AMENDED DATE)<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">New year is full of pressure to make food or body related resolutions: after the encouragement from family, supermarkets, cooking programmes etc to indulge as much as we humanly can, suddenly gyms and magazines are shouting at us to lose the christmas pounds, the beach body being just a few issues around the corner; and, of course, there are celebs everywhere showing us how easily it can be done (easy with the help of an airbrush or 5).&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">We can't avoid the pressures we face around food and body image. But we can strengthen our own emotional resilience to the impressions they leave on our minds. And deepen our connection with what the body actually needs or what the bodies signals might be telling us about our deeper emotional needs. Because its not just about the food. One of the discoveries of modern science is that people with stronger 'interoception' (awareness of body sensations) are more able to understand their minds. 'Well obviously' the yogis would have said - the body and mind are mere expressions of the same thing and cannot be squashed into separate boxes.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #b45f06; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Eating disorders affect our body, our mind and our self therefore many people find that just talking is not enough or perhaps exercise helps a little but there is something more... As an integral body mind self practise, more and more of us are finding that yoga can really help in recovery from an eating disorder.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;"><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #38761d; font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 17px;">Healthy body, balanced mind, happy eating&nbsp;starts 27th Jan</span><br style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">An 8 week yoga program designed for those who wish to develop a healthier relationship between their self, body and eating.&nbsp;</span><br style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" /><br style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Who’s this course for?</span><br style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" /><br style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Perhaps you are currently experiencing an eating disorder, perhaps you have had issues in the past, or perhaps you just recognise that your eating patterns vary with your emotions, and you wish to understand this better…</span><br style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" /><br style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">What does it entail?</span><br style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" /><br style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">The course incorporates body-mind-self practises - bringing together ancient yogic wisdom, mindfulness and modern scientific research. Each session includes movement, breath-work, guided relaxation, meditation and chanting; followed by discussion and supported by home practise mater</span><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; display: inline; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">ials.<br /><br />In this 8 week course you will:<br /><br />- Explore the relationship between body, mind and food<br />- Develop mindfulness of the body, its sensations and needs<br />- Better understand your patterns of behaviour<br />- Begin to develop a kinder relationship with your body and self<br />- Learn yoga techniques that you can apply in everyday life to navigate stressful situations<br />- Use your yoga practice to support your ongoing wellbeing, e.g. support digestion and calm nervous system<br />- Balance and boost your energy levels<br />- Have fun and find support with likeminded people experiencing similar challenges!<br /><br />Course schedule:<br /><br />Starts Tues 27th Jan 2015<br />Runs weekly every Tuesday 7.15-9pm<br />Final week 17th March<br /><br />Venue:<br /><br />Betty Brunker Hall<br />Gambier House<br />Mora Street<br />EC1V 8EH<br />Angel/ Old Street tubes, Shoreditch High St/ Hoxton O'ground<br /><br />How to book:<br /><br />Pre booking only<br />Please contact Ali on 07855402837 or email piriamvadayogaetc@gmail.co<wbr></wbr><span class="word_break" style="display: inline-block;"></span>m<br />£100 (concessions available)<br />Mats and all equipment are provided. Beginners welcome.<br />See&nbsp;<a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.embodiedmind.co.uk%2F&amp;h=XAQH-fazt&amp;enc=AZNuml8IYL7iTyPfzSiKPQyWml7MA6TdlSI7jjERMgmHETmRrIXnEFMhdMiBUjfx7cw&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow nofollow" style="cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">www.embodiedmind.co.uk</a><br /><br />The course leaders:<br /><br />Dr Sam Bottrill is a qualified yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance accredited), Yoga Therapist for Mental Health and Senior Clinical Psychologist specialising in Eating Disorders at the Maudsley Hospital. She lectures and supervises on the Minded Institute professional training and runs Yoga Therapy for the Mind 8-week courses in North and Central London.<br /><br />Piriamvada (Ali) is an advanced Akhanda yoga teacher, teacher trainer and yogic lifestyle coach who applies ancient yogic wisdom and techniques to the issues of modern living.<br /><br />Each brings personal experience of yoga as a basis for recovery.<br /><br />Inspired by and affiliated with Minded Yoga:<br /><br />Minded Yoga Therapy is inspired by yoga, mindfulness, neuroscientific understanding, and psychotherapeutic principles to effectively blend ancient mind-body practices with modern scientific insight. See<a href="http://www.themindedinstitute.com/" rel="nofollow nofollow" style="cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">www.themindedinstitute.com</a></span></span></div>Ali Piriamvada Gunninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03416722932525407583noreply@blogger.com0