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Únete a Maha Yoga este verano, para un retiro de fin de semana de conexión y reflexión y ver la campiña inglesa en su mejor época. Como han ido avanzando las estaciones es impresionante la interrelación de absolutamente todo; es mucho lo que ha llegado a pasar en esta hermosa montaña rusa a la que llamamos vida, donde incluso las sombras son oportunidades escondidas. Cada día consiste en yoga rejuvenecedora con un ritmo gentil, meditación en movimiento y caminatas en la naturaleza.
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Run as a centre for sustainable living and the creative arts, the Quadrangle has beautiful elements with which to enjoy our stay: the main barn for our group practices and communal dining, the shepherds barn with wood burner to put your feet up with a cup of tea, the garden for fireside meditation and contemplation, a living permaculture forest garden, and a stream running through for some wild dipping! The hills and vales of the Pilgrims Way are in reach just a short walk cross-country. You can choose to stay in the dorm, yurt or bell tent.
Please arrive from 4 p.m. onwards on Friday. Each day will consist of a gentle rhythm of yoga and meditation practice, singing workshops, walks in nature, delicious seasonal food, and time for relaxation and quiet contemplation. It’s up to you how much you participate; the space is yours to hold as you wish.
Lucy Legg believes “that singing is a fundamental part of being a human-being, and how we connect to others. Regardless of culture, people come together to sing in times of trouble and sadness and also at times of joy and happiness. Singing also provides us with a direct pathway to our own emotions, as it uses primal brain centres that were used by our ancestors to communicate their deepest emotional needs before they had language."
"When this pathway is open within us we feel truly our selves. I believe it is everyone’s right to sing and I feel very privileged to be able to help adults find this route to greater understanding of themselves. Many people believe themselves to be non-singers, but in my experience, unless there is a vocal injury or an inability to perceive pitch variation, which is an extremely rare neurological condition, everyone can learn to sing.”
The retreat ends on Sunday afternoon after lunch.
Transformational yoga is an integral approach to yoga combining asanas (physical postures), pranayama (breathing exercises) and dhyana (mantra meditation), to purify your physical body and awaken your subtle bodies. Your practice will be focused on the chakras and understanding of the wheels of energy. A great purification, even for the teachers to re-energize your practice. For beginners it is a step into consciousness.
No previous experience of yoga or meditation is necessary to participate; any experience level and ability welcome, from absolute beginner to yoga master.
The singer within approach prioritizes providing a safe environment in which to explore your voice. You will be encouraged to fully connect with your body: stretching and relaxing muscles that are currently overworking; and to find an alternative support for sound-making based on good airflow. This will help you to sing with a free, resonant voice capable of conveying every emotion that you wish to express.
You will explore the relationship between sounds, and how to move between them with ease and accuracy, through the singing of tunes specially chosen for the purpose. Above all the aim of the workshops will be to have fun singing with other people with no fear of judgment. You will be there to help each other explore new vocal possibilities.
Katy studied yoga and meditation under the direct guidance of Swami Vidyanand at the SriMa School of Transformational Yoga in India. She has been practising since 1999, leading her to deeper studies with different forms of yoga over the years including Transformational, Scaravelli-inspired, Sivananda and Yoga for Anxiety and Depression. Katy takes an integral approach to teaching, incorporating asanas, pranayama and dhyana (mantra meditation), as well as meditation and deep relaxation (yoga Nidra). Connecting body, breath, heart, mind and soul has brought amazing awareness and inner stillness.
Lucy is a singing teacher and workshop leader at Guildhall School of Music and Drama 'Finding A Voice' research project, an external vocal consultant on rehabilitation of the singing voice at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital Voice Clinic and founder of the SingerWithin approach for adult late starter singers. She believes that the mind and body work together in a totally interconnected way and that we become uncomfortable in one or the other when these pathways get blocked. The natural world, like singing, can provide wonderful opportunities for you to reconnect.
The Quadrangle is a large Victorian model farmstead built in 1870 near Shoreham in Kent. It’s the perfect place to quietly observe and reflect on Mother Nature, in a rustic farmhouse setting, away from the hustle and bustle, to slow down and connect.
Run as a centre for sustainable living and the creative arts, the Quadrangle has many beautiful elements with which to enjoy your stay. You will practice your restorative and energy-holding yoga and meditations around the wood burning fire in the Granary - a beautiful setting for your smaller group - and share this warm and cosy space for your singing workshops, sharing circles and meals together.
You will wrap up warm and venture outside for fireside intention setting and letting go, and walks in nature. There are sofas and wood burner in the Shepherds Barn to put your feet up with a cup of tea, a living permaculture forest garden, and a stream running through for some wild dipping! The hills and vales of the Pilgrims Way are in reach just a short walk cross-country.
It is the perfect setting to look away from the outside chaos and journey into your inner peace. In doing so you can become better aware of who you are and where you are headed.
You will share three delicious locally sourced vegetarian meals each day.
You will have time for walks and quiet contemplation
The nearest station is Shoreham station. Please note that it is Shoreham in Kent and not Shoreham-by-Sea. It is a 10 - 15 minutes walk from Shoreham station and a 20 - 25 minutes walk from Otford.
Go down the stairs to the right as you come out of the station, turn right and follow that road down the hill past the entrance to the golf course on your left.
On your left, about 50 yards after the golf course car park, there’s a footpath through the wood, across the golf course and the cricket pitch.
When you get to the track after the cricket pitch turn right.
At the fork in the road, take the left lane with the sign pointing to the ‘Quadrangle’.
Come through the gate at the bottom of the hill and into the yard.
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