Mindful Yoga with Taravajra
Taravajra's first interest in body/mind disciplines led him to explore tai chi, karate, massage, Alexander Technique and aikido.
He learned to meditate in 1983 and since 1994 has been teaching others to meditate. He practised yoga (mainly with Buddhist friends who were Iyengar teachers) and when he came to live in Brighton, he studied under Ginny Dean and then Peter Blackaby. Peter originally trained in the Iyengar system, then became an osteopath and revised his approach to asana work to ensure safety and coherence. When Taravajra started going to his yoga classes he was struck by the mindful atmosphere. He was reminded of both meditation and Alexander technique. He was also very drawn to the emphasis on body mechanics - the poses were a means to efficient functioning of the body.
Taravajra then completed a three year British Wheel of Yoga teachers diploma course. This was run by Pete and Ulla Allanson. Pete was strongly influenced by Mary Stewart, a senior Iyengar teacher who later worked with Vanda Scaravelli, though Taravajra does not consider himself a Scaravelli style teacher
Taravajra practises yoga within a Buddhist context of mindfulness, rather than the Hindu texts which he studied on the BWY course. He likes to help people become more 'present' and to calm the nervous system. This means his classes have more in common with meditating than, say, Astanga or Bhikram which are more aerobic. He does, however, see the value of a workout. He practises aikido regularly and this is very active. He teaches meditation and yoga because he sees the value of helping people find a greater degree of calm in a hectic world.
A day of mindfulness practice in Brighton on Satuday June 4th 2016
Venue: Community Base,Queens Rd,BN1 3XG (near Brighton Station)
Time 10.30-4.30pm Cost £45/£30 concs).
Please wear suitable clothing for some simple yoga based stretches and bring your own lunch. Most of the day will be held in silence as a support to practice.
Contact Taravajra@btinternet.com 07821 510884