Yoga for Meditation - CLOSED

This course is now closed

7:00pm 03 July 2020 - 12:30pm 05 July 2020

Cost: £63.00

Venue: Samye Ling


To book this course please select it in the Extras offered after you have chosen your accommodation on the booking form. Please click here to book.

With the use of traditional yoga practices this popular weekend offers practical support and encouragement to those who wish to develop a regular meditation practice.

For many people it can be challenging trying to develop a meditation practice, both physically and mentally. Yoga offers a variety of tried and tested preparations and practices to those who seek the benefits of meditation. Complete beginners are most welcome.

Asanas - physical postures and movements such as the joint releasing series of 'pawanmuktasana', as well as hip opening and back strengthening sequences.
Pranayamas - breathing practices including breath awareness, abdominal breathing, nadi shodhana and ujjayi pranayama.

Ajapa japa - the repetition of mantra, synchronized with the breath.
Antar mouna ‚Äď the practice of inner silence.
Yoga nidra - a withdrawal of the senses leading to deep relaxation and conscious sleep.

Meditation in Action:

Course participants have the opportunity to assist Samye Ling in the smooth running of the monastery as guests are respectfully asked to contribute some time each day to help out with daily chores. This is not compulsory, but if you would like to help out with any tasks around the monastery between 8.00 am and 9.30 am please go to the Administration Office at 8.00 am. They will let you know what help maybe needed. If you would like to help with washing up after lunch please report to the kitchen at 1.15pm. 
This is not just voluntary work, it can be a practice in itself, known as karma yoga. As Swami Nishchalananda says,
¬†"it is an important aspect of Yoga not to regard work as a chore, but rather as a tool to increase sensitivity and awareness.‚ÄĚ

"Johnny Glover has completed our two year Teacher Training Course at Mandala Yoga Ashram. He is trained in both the Yogic and Buddhist traditions and the courses he proposes to give in Samye Ling promise to be an excellent opportunity for those who participate and who want to go deeper into Yoga." 
             Swami Nishchalananda, Director, Mandala Yoga Ashram.

The course begins with supper at 6pm on the Friday and ends at lunchtime on the Sunday.

NOTE: This weekend is open to everyone. The posture work is slow and gentle and therefore suitable for complete beginners and those with conditions for which strenuous exercise is not advised. Please bring comfortable layers of clothing so that you can move freely yet remain warm. The pawanmuktasana movements can actually lower body temperature. Please bring a mat, sitting block or cushion and a blanket. 

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The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
Chamgon Kentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche