Join Nils for a long weekend yoga retreat at the stunning West Lexham set in beautiful Norfolk.
Friday 9th August through Sunday 11th August 2019
The retreat includes daily dynamic practices in the morning, restorative and workshop sessions in the evening complemented with pranayama and guided meditations. You will enjoy the luxury of nourishing your body and mind through carefully crafted yoga practices and have the chance of reconnecting with nature through walks, taking a leisurely row on the lake or simply enjoying a dip in the pool. You will be able to tempt your palate with delicious homemade meals and leave feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and relaxed.
“There is an energy created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, binds the universe together… Let go of your unconscious self, stretch out with your feelings.” Ben Kenobi
Some of the earliest known writings, mnemonics, and orations from India allegorically and directly refer to Prana.
It is first mentioned in the Vedas, cir. 4500-1500 B.C.E. and arises continuously throughout later writings religious, philosophical and medicinal with strikingly similar parallels across diverse cultural and geographical divides, the world over. It is something we hear spoken of in our daily practices, see writte...
Dynamics and use of Breath to Deepen and Open Yoga Practice
By: Nils Thomas
“When the asana is correct there is a lightness, a freedom. Freedom comes when every part of the body is active. Let us be free in whatever action we are doing. Let us be full in whatever we do.” B.K.S. Iyengar
One of the fundamental foundations of yoga is the breath.
Indeed, without proper breath and breathing technique, it can be said our yoga postures are little more than acrobatics.
As the tides and waves breathe and cycle life into the oceans, so too does our own breath ebb and flow with an unconscious rhythm bringing energy, calmness and stability. The breath affects our emotions, moods, physicality and health....
What follows is the Sanskrit, transliteration, and English translation of the Ashtanga Yoga opening mantra, followed by a more detailed explanation of what the mantra means beyond the literal, and why we take the time to chant before we practice.