A spring in your step? A feeling of spring in the air and sap rising? What a beautiful time of year and time to gently bring strength and stability into our yoga practice and ourselves.
The Manipura Chakra (Sanskrit for “City of Jewels”) is a great place to focus our spring practice. Located between the navel and the solar plexus, the Manipura is understood in yoga to be the hub of our sense of self. It connects with our internal source of power and the body’s energy battery. When our self-energy is balanced, we experience courage and self-confidence; we can make lasting changes in our lives. When it is dimmed, we experience lower energy, low self esteem and are easily intimidated. If we glow too bright, we can become controlling, arrogant and obsess on power and status. The happy medium is a balance between confidence and humility. And we can all access this.
In this workshop, we will awaken and strengthen our core; our physical and emotional centre from which all movement and sensation radiates. As Erich Schiffman (1996) says; “The stronger you are, the lighter you will feel”. Furthermore, good muscle tone supports and promotes a sense of power and determination.
This workshop is for all levels of experience; whether you are a beginner or have years of experience, you will find the right degree of strength in the practice you need on the day. We will begin with a gentle spring flossing of our joints and a slow and steady awakening of our core muscles. This will prepare us for a fun and creative core-strengthening flow in which we will move and radiate from our centre, tapping into and feeling our warrior energy. After a break and snacks, we’ll move into a deliciously quiet and still Yin practice targeting our liver and gall bladder meridians (energy lines) associated with our digestive system and our over all sense of vitality. We will end with meditation and deep relaxation.
My hope is that the workshop will leave you feeling aligned with your self – able to move forward into spring and summer (and beyond) carving an elegant balance between confidence and humility. Please join me!
Cost: £30 (£20 concessions) and refreshments are included. Full payment is essential to confirm your booking. Please email me at Rebecca@theriverroom.org.uk for bank details.