Early bird price: £200 (until 29 February 2024)
For the first time of Southern England’s history, we are hosting two globally recognised yoga teachers and educators from Australia, Gregor Maehle and Monica Gauci. Between them, they share more than 80 years of teaching experience, as well as a vast knowledge and wisdom.
Gregor is an esteemed yoga teacher and author of nine bestselling yoga textbooks. He is a mystic and a profuse blog writer, covering topics on yoga and beyond. He travels the globe educating with passion, humour, insight, and wisdom.
Monica is a recognised and admired yoga teacher and yoga therapist. She dedicated her life to yoga and the healing arts. Being an accomplished Doctor of Chiropractic, she brings an extensive knowledge of the human physiology and anatomy.
Monica and Gregor are the direct teachers of our founder, Irina Pashkevich, who is so excited to offer you this rare opportunity to experience the teachings of these most remarkable yoga teachers and spiritual guides.
Monica will guide you through a modified version of the Primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which is accessible to an able-bodied student of any level.
Her focus is on inner alignment and core support that students can build strength, stability and resilience whilst enhancing joint mobility and tissue flexibility.
Monica’s style is explorative and educational. She uses techniques that encourage students to be fully present, to develop an astute awareness, working from the inside out to be a diligent student of their body and breath and, in this way, become their own greatest teacher.
Performing postures with precision and awareness makes them safe and efficient, enabling students to deeply explore the various asanas effectively and without unnecessary energy expenditure. This method also allows conditioning and emotions lodged within our tissues to be released, bringing ease, quietude and peace of mind.
What is good posture? Perhaps it is not what we imagine…
Good posture is that, which allows us to breath freely, where our relationship to gravity is easeful, gracious and harmonious.
Just as our breath changes with our feelings, thoughts and beliefs, so our posture adapts to reflect these. Problems arise when we become stuck in one pattern and unconsciously carry it around as our ‘signature’ posture.
This workshop aims to reveal our unconscious patterns and offers corrective and therapeutic exercises to keep us nimble and adaptive to the rainbow of changes that life presents, that we are better informed and equipped to change what we think and how we feel to heal ourselves.
A digital copy of the PowerPoint slides will be provided.
Different to Vedantic or Buddhist meditation, yogic meditation contains the same structural elements as yogic postures and breathing, and was designed to form together with those an integrated whole.
Meditation is the method of bringing your mind into a receptive state, so that you can receive higher knowledge that is already there. Yogic meditation is a collection of scientific methods to bring about such awareness.
To accelerate spiritual evolution yogic meditation employs many means, amongst which the prime ones are mantra, mudra, bandha, chakra-visualisation and Kundalini-raising techniques.
The yogic chakras are representations of evolutionary brain circuitry with the lower three chakras representing our reptilian, mammalian and primate ancestry respectively. By understanding the chakras and skillfully meditating on them yoga offers the opportunity to activate higher brain centres and propel the evolution not only of the individual but of society as a whole.
Kundalini-raising techniques consist of a combination of all other yogic means to raise the life force (prana) to a level where meditation is easy and spiritual insight becomes spontaneous.
How to bring about the pinnacle of yogic practices, the state of samadhi? – During this event Gregor will lead us from the yogic philosophy to the practical experiences of multi-leveled samadhi. Thankfully, there are eight levels of it, so we’ll all be able to access and experience at least one😊.
Preparing the ground for samadhi, Gregor will cover the teachings of Raja yoga, the final tier of Ashtanga yoga, and Vyasa’s five states of mind. We’ll better understand what samadhi is and what it is not, and how Yoga Sutra and Bhagavad Gita see samadhi.
In this session Gregor will also talk about expansion of the sense-of-self, the conditioning of the mind and karma; the connection of samadhi, breathless states and chakra. We’ll also learn about the Divine from the viewpoint of Yoga Sutra and Bhagavad Gita along with the role of acceptance and consecration in the readiness for the states of samadhi.
The apogee of the two days of preparation for samadhi will be our practice accessing and experiencing samadhi (one of eight or, who knows, maybe more? 😊).
Gregor Maehle began his yogic practices 45 years ago. In the mid-1980s he commenced annual travels to India, where he studied with various yogic and tantric masters, traditional Indian sadhus and ascetics. He spent 14 months in Mysore, and in 1997 was authorised to teach Ashtanga Yoga by K. Pattabhi Jois. Since then he has branched out into researching the anatomical alignment of postures and the higher limbs of yoga.
In India Gregor also received 8 months of mostly one-on-one instruction in scripture and the higher limbs of Yoga through B.N.S. Iyengar, a student of T. Krishnamacharya, and he studied Sanskrit under Professor Narayanachar and Dr Chandrasekhar.
Gregor’s internationally acclaimed textbook series consisting of:
have sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into eight foreign languages.
Additional volumes currently prepared are Tantric Meditation and Bhakti: Yoga of Love.
Gregor has been invited to many countries to teach and has contributed to and been interviewed by numerous yoga magazines. On Gregor’s blog page chintamaniyoga.com/blog/ you will find over 300 articles, videos and podcasts on all aspects of yoga, which Gregor has authored together with his wife Monica.
Today Gregor teaches an anatomically sophisticated interpretation of traditional vinyasa yoga, integrated into the practice of the higher limbs in the spirit of Patanjali and T. Krishnamacharya. His zany sense of humour, his manifold personal experiences, and his vast and deep knowledge of scripture, Indian philosophies and yogic techniques combine to make his teachings applicable, relevant and easily accessible to all his students.
Monica has studied and practiced Yoga since 1978. She is dedicated Yogi, a compulsive Educator, a registered Yoga Therapist and a rehabilitative Doctor of Chiropractic.
In 1996 Monica was authorised by K. Pattabhi Jois to teach Ashtanga Yoga. She is registered at the highest level with both Yoga Alliance (ERYT 500) and Yoga Australia (Level 3 Membership).
Since the age of 24 years, Monica has studied many disciplines of the Healing Arts, including Reiki, Australian Bush Flower Essences, Applied Kinesiology, Lomi Lomi massage and emotional release techniques. In 2008 Monica graduated with 1st class honour as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Additionally, she received numerous awards for Academic Excellence.
Monica has published ‘Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Course Manual for Teachers‘, which is a step-by-step guide on how to teach Ashtanga Yoga safely and effectively to beginners. She is also a contributing author to Ashtanga Yoga, Practice and Philosophy and Ashtanga Yoga, The Intermediate Series in the areas of asana, anatomy, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
In 1996 Monica co-founded the 8 Limbs Yoga School in Perth, Australia, with her husband Gregor, which they co-directed for 21 years. They now live in rain forest in the hinterland of Byron Bay, where they conduct occasional Immersions. Together they offer yoga teacher trainings, retreats and workshops in many locations around the globe. Monica also writes articles on helping people to heal themselves.
Monica’s breadth of knowledge, her insight, her calm manner and playful personality make learning from her easy and enjoyable!
The workshop includes a full weekend from 8am to ~3pm.
The investment is £200 for the Early Bird, when booking is made till the 29th of February2024.
When booked from the 1st of March 2024 – £230.
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