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James lived and studied in India for five years. In this retreat he will teach yoga and meditation from a Tantric perspective which focuses primarily on the chakras; the subtle energy centers of the body corresponding to the nervous system, the major organs and endocrinal glands in the body.
According to yoga/ Tantra all illness in the body can be attributed to one of the seven chakras becoming blocked due to emotional, mental and karmic issues; trauma from the past stays in the subconscious mind and affects the functioning of the chakras leading to health issues. In the retreat, the student will learn about these different psychological, emotional and physical issues relating to the chakras and how we can use yoga, meditation and other powerful tools for personal transformation.
This is an excellent retreat allowing you to develop your understanding of your body and your yoga practice where you will benefit from James's extensive experience and knowledge.
The Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing is Harrogate's premier Pilates and yoga studio with free onsite parking. During the retreat, you will be staying in the hosts' own large, spacious, comfortable Victorian home which is in one of the most prestigious areas in the conservation area of Duchy Rd in Harrogate, only a five-minute walk from the renowned Valley Gardens and a 10-minute walk into Harrogate.
There are three large shared rooms that can accommodate up to three people (but usually only two people per room) and two single rooms on site, there is also a single space which is screened from the main living space with another single room just off site.
There is a large dining room, two lounges, with a newly built, large designer kitchen and living area, a luxury treatment room with its own lounge consultation area and a new café bar / reception are which can also used as a second yoga studio. There are also spacious mature gardens, with a pond and water feature with a garden swing and ample seating for guests to relax and enjoy.
This retreat will include philosophical theory and practical tools in Tantra and yoga which will provide the groundwork for powerful transformative practices and transcendental meditative states. James has developed a unique style of yoga based on the Agama / Trika school which uses asanas (postures) to activate the chakras to bring the microcosmic energies of the body into coherence with the universal macrocosmic energies. It is a powerful form of yoga, which works in ascending order through the chakras, leading to higher states of consciousness. Please note that sex Tantra is a miniscule portion of 'Tantra' and will not feature in this retreat. Below are lectures that you will get:
Tantra is one of the most ancient spiritual pathways of India from which yoga was born. ‘Tantra’ means ‘warp’ or ‘extension’ and refers to the infinite energy of divine consciousness which permeates all of life. Tantra recognizes the human body as a microcosmic replica of the macrocosm. Through practices such as yoga and activation of the chakra centers, the latent energies of the body are liberated. As these energies are freed, an expansion of consciousness occurs as one progressively moves towards emergence with Shiva, universal consciousness.
Anne-Marie is a highly qualified and experienced teacher (initially a secondary school teacher). She subsequently trained as a health education tutor, working in G.P practice with referred patients and later as an RSA YMCA exercise to music teacher Pilates and yoga teacher. Anne-Marie is committed to developing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being and is a certified "Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga" teacher with the world renowned Chopra Centre for Well Being, California.
James spent over five years of study and training in India from 2007 to 2012. He is a Sivananda Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga teacher, as well as a Pilates teacher, Ayurvedic massage therapist, and a Reiki master. James provides in-depth teaching of all aspects of yoga and its underlying philosophy. He has sound understanding of Pilates and physiology with 10 years of experience in Pilates and appeared in Anne-Marie's DVD "Pilates on the Ball". James has a keen interest in sports, travel, and music, and is a grade eight pianist and also plays the guitar and djembe drum.
Chris helps host the retreats. He is a great cook and helps prepare the amazing Ayurvedic food, some of which comes from the Chopra Centre cookbook. He is also involved in men’s retreat work and is a psychotherapist at Regent’s. Chris is also a Tai Chi teacher which he is always happy to demonstrate and will teach a class if requested.
Kelly-Anne is a passionate, knowledgeable and very experienced spa and holistic professional. Trained in London with 13 years' experience as Press Therapist, trainer and manger of five-star spas, she offers a wide range of reconnecting and recharging therapies, including Ayurvedic treatments that are recommended in Ayurveda as part of the treatment strategy, while her chakra balancing treatments perfectly enhance the experience on the Chakra Tantra retreat.
Harrogate is "famous for its healing waters, this Victorian spa town oozes cosmopolitan charm, smart streets and quaint mews. Enjoy fabulous shopping, atmospheric cafés, fine restaurants and plenty of green open spaces.
On this retreat, you have the opportunity to treat yourself to an Ayurvedic massage, Reiki, and also visit the Turkish bath and the local 4-star hotel spa. For more information, please contact Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing.