WE WILL BE UPDATING THIS PAGE WITH MORE NEW EVENTS THAT ARE BEING PLANNED SOON…
Although we encourage the integration of elements from all aspects of yoga in each event, any class or workshop that introduces people to this wonderful world is perfect. The only criteria is that teachers offer their time for free and donations from participants go only to finance the cost of the venue and venues for future events.
If you would like to get involved in the project and have any ideas of other free yoga events we could offer please get in touch via our contact page… Thanks
The various events in the process of being planned will have several teachers sharing various styles and ideas, aiming to inpire as many people as possible and help them to more strongly connect to their source.
United World Yoga Trust invites you to a …
Winter solstice celebration…
Thursday, December 20th 2018
at La Fuente, Calle Cercado, Orgiva, 18400, España..
A morning of Hatha yoga asana, Sweet Bhakti, Meditation and Karma yoga …
Plus refreshments, delicious, healthy vegetarian food…
In support of People not borders charity and organising more FREE yoga events…
Please come along, invite your friends and anyone you know who could benefit from discovering a deeper sense of wellbeing, especially those who have never tried yoga before ….
All donations are gratefully accepted and 100% will go to fund more FREE yoga events and support People not borders charity…
Suggested donation, for all sessions, food and drinks, 20 euros…
https://www.peoplenotborders.org (they also have a Facebook page + group)
Its helping a great cause and promises to be a beautiful personal journey so DIG DEEP AND POWER UP
Bhakti kirtan with Bhavana… An amazing sound experience…
Bhavana’s kirtans, like their own voices and music, are dynamic and colourful, serving up a full range of chants, easy to follow and join in, for a powerful experience that takes you to the essential stillness inside…
…You are welcome to join in with the devotional singing or just to listen to the music and bathe in the healing sound vibration…
Pure Yoga asana with Leonie…
Pure Yoga exercises are very simple but incredibly powerful in moving the prana vayus (energy currents) of the body, increasing vitality and usually inducing a state of calm serenity through all aspects of our being.
“Having been a regular practitioner of many different styles of yoga, the exercises I will share with you at our Winter solstice celebration are the ones I will usually choose to restore my equilibrium if I feel tired, unwell, stressed, out of balance or disturbed in any way.”
They are easy and accessible to people of all ages and abilities, whether they have any previous yoga experience or not.
We will finish our class with a heart centred peace meditation to bathe in the serenity we have created through our practice.
Leonie has been a dedicated Yoga practitioner for nearly 20 years and teaching for 5. She teaches regular, drop in and private Classes in Orgiva, Andalucia, and retreats and workshops in Spain and UK. She has 200 hours Yoga alliance accredited training from Shiva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh, India.
Her main influence, who’s daily Pure Yoga and meditation practice she has been following for the last 10 years is Swami Purohit (http://www.swamipurohit.com) An amazing, enlightened Himalayan Yoga Master, now living in Granada. She ongoingly spends one weekend every month in training with him as she has done for the last 7 years and has been graced with full permission to teach his Pure Yoga exercises.
To find out more about Leonie you can have a look at her website http://www.pureyogaandhealing.com
108 Salutations to the sun
The winter solstice is a special and auspicious time, marking not only the shortest day and the longest night of the year; it is a time of transition; a shifting of energies – environmentally and internally. It is an opportunity for greater awakening, and the setting of new and renewed intentions as the seasons of our life ebb and flow.
Around the world, Yogis from every walk of life gather to practice 108 sun salutations (surya namaskar) in honor and observance of this time of transition and change.
The 108 salutations practice is equally meditative, challenging, invigorating and rejuvenating. More than anything, it is a truly rewarding experience that will leave you feeling empowered, strong, present, and at ease.
Amy will offer modifications for all abilities and the option to just sit and breathe and be is also there. Its not a yoga marathon, its a beautiful moving meditation so DOUBT YOUR DOUBTS and come as you are able! Join us on the mat for this special, candlelit donation-based practice. 100% of all donations go to charity. Lets feel the energy and share the love!
Student of the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Method for the past 20 years. Amy has been living off-grid in Las Alpujarras for the past 15 years with her large family who are one by one flying the nest! Amy practises 6 days a week, observing saturdays, moon days and ladies holidays as rest days. Amy has completed over 800 hours of Anatomy Education training, completed a 3 day human (full body) dissection at Imperial College, London, completed 1000 hours Ayurvedic training and is an accredited member of the International Alliance Of Holistic Therapists. Alongside this, Amy has studied Sanskrit , the Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali, yoga philosophy and pranayama. Amy has also completed a 400hour energy medicine and bioresonance course and is currently studying the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Training.
SEE www.movinglotus.com for more info about Amy and the great work she offers..
10 am – Opening circle
10:05 – 108 Sun salutation with many modifications and suitable for everyone… Lead by Amy
12 – 1pm – Bhakti yoga kirtan with Bhavana (Matt and Narayani)
1 – 2pm – Pure Yoga – Simple asanas to balance body, mind and soul with Leonie
2 – 2.15pm – Heart centered peace meditation
2.15 – 3pm – Delicious, healthy vegetarian food (Prasad)
It was astronomer, mathematician, and physicist Galileo Galilei who said the universe is written “in mathematical language”—that the mysteries of creation itself could be unraveled through numbers and equations. For the mystics, such numbers offered more than a scientific explanation—they offered a code for awakening, a code to our own nature. And for the yogis, that code is 108. In yoga, the number 108 refers to spiritual completion. It is why japa malas are composed of 108 beads, why pranayama is often completed in cycles of 108, and why sun salutations are often performed in nine rounds of the 12 postures (totaling 108). By practicing chanting, breath work, or asana in rounds of this sacred number, the ancient yogis believed we could align ourselves with the rhythm of the creation, and ultimately bring an end to our cycle of reincarnation.This is a deep subject within itself, but briefly said it seems to be a number that connects us to our place in the cosmic order. The distance between the Earth and sun is 108 times the diameter of the sun. Is it possible that our ancient ancestors knew this? Around the time the ancient Vedic texts were being collected, far away Stonehenge was built—the Sarsen Circle is 108 feet in diameter. In Belize, during the era of the Mayans, the High Temple of Lamanai was erected at 108 feet tall—the same height as the funerary Tikal temple in Guatemala. And within the temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza in Mexico archeologists believe there to be a second pyramid inside measuring 108 feet wide. These temples, built to worship and to house the souls of great leaders upon their death, perhaps used this number to connect humans not just to our sun as a giver of life, but to the Creator….In yoga we are often reminded that “as above, so below,” and when we start to drill down into our human form we continue to find the number 108 over and over again. Were we to draw a five-pointed star (representing a human being) inside a circle (a planet) and we would find 108 degrees staring back at us from every angle. Deeper into the microcosm of the human being, it is said there are 108 energy lines, or nadis, converging to form the heart chakra, and 108 marmas (pressure points) or sacred parts of the body. And 108 degrees Fahrenheit is the internal temperature at which the human body’s vital organs begin to fail from overheating
In astrology—our connection with destiny—108 also appears frequently. The Earth, for example, is said to have an astrological cycle of 2160 years (20 x 108). While there are also 27 lunar mansions in Vedic astrology spread over the four elements, or the four directions (27 x 4 = 108).
Throughout spiritual teachings beyond the traditional yogic texts, we are reminded of this number in our search for liberation. Hindu deities have 108 names, and India is said to have 108 sacred sites. In Jainism there are believed to be 108 virtues. In China, some forms of Tai Chi have 108 moves. While in Tibetan Buddhism there are 108 delusions. Many Buddhist temples have 108 steps representing the 108 steps to enlightenment, and in Japan, at Zen Buddhist temples, a bell is chimed 108 times at the end of the year closing a cycle to serve as a reminder of the 108 earthly temptations a person must overcome to achieve nirvana.
Like the mantra Aum, 108 seems to have an essence that connects us to the whole. Be it used to guide sun salutations, to tally up the number of chants to the Divine, to count the steps leading up to a temple, or to measure the structures built for the heavens, it serves as a reminder of the wonder and interconnectedness of the universe.
Will we ever understand the deeper meaning of 108? The Greek mathematician Archimedes offers us a clue when he said: “Mathematics will reveal its secrets… only to those who approach it with pure love.”
Tips for Organising FREE yoga trust events…
Approach teachers who feel inspired to contribute to this karma yoga project.
Approach venues, describing our mission and see whether they’ll offer a rent reduction.
Consider using an outdoor communal space.
Use free advertising as much as possible to keep promotion costs down.
Consider running workshops at homes for elderly, disabled or other disadvantaged people, refugee camps and prisons.
If you need financial help with rent and/or essential costs – please get in touch and we’ll do our best…