Isle of Man Yoga Network Issue 17, October 2007 Promoting Yoga in the Isle of Man Geoff Powell Yoga Workshops Sat 17th November 4-6pm Dates for your diary Sunday 18th November 10-4pm Yoga events at a glance Dates for 2007 Geoff Powell will be visiting us next month to teach his popular yoga workshops. There will be 17(eve)&18 November: Geoff Powell Workshops a two hour class on the Saturday evening, 17th November (4-6pm at Karma studio in Douglas) 23, 24, 25 Nov: London Yoga Show After the class there will be an opportunity for a web: www.theyogashow.co.uk social meal at La Piazza, near the Jubliee Clock. If attending please let Janet know before 10th by Dates for 2008: calling 835524 so she can book a table. There will also be a full day workshop on Sunday 18th 9 & 10 Feb 2008: Ruth Gilmore Visit November, at the Riverside in Laxey (PLEASE Anatomy & Yoga. (Sunday counts as IST) NOTE: Change of venue) Both Saturday and Sunday sessions are open for all levels of ability. 12-19 May Yoga in Turkey with Geoff Powell A booking form is included with this newsletter. There will be a raffle in aid of Hospice. Please 9-11 May Kundalini Yoga weekend at Brightlife do bring something along to help this good cause. 15 May – 5 June Ruth White Yoga holiday on Geoff also provides teacher training courses on the Greek Isle of Lesbos Island so this will be an opportunity to meet and discuss this with him during his visit. If you are Gary Carter Anatomy Training Course: interested please turn up at 3pm on Saturday at Mar 1st -2nd 2008 Karma for an introduction to the course. ( you can April 26-27 2008 also chat him during the lunch break on Sunday). Oct 1/2nd Nov 2008 Further weekend to be confirmed „Anatomy Geoff has also announced the dates for his next Trains & Fascia‟ proposed for Dec 2008 or Jan Yoga holiday. By popular demand this will be 2009 (IST). held in Turkey again, between 12-19th May 2008. Several network members attended last year and by all accounts it was a superb experience. Geoff Members of the IOM Yoga Network receive a will be bring details of the holiday when he visits. regular newsletter detailing details of Yoga events Alternatively you can call him on 01286 650647 or arranged by the network. Membership costs £6 and e-mail email@example.com. can be added to the booking form. Yoga Network Committee Members: Heidi Danaher (Newsletter and Memberships) 461461, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Linda Greggor (Secretary) 844270, Janet Thompson (Treasurer) 835524, Sue Woolley (Chairman) 815705, Howard Caine (Media). Issue 17, October 2007 Chairman’s Message: numbers. Remember that IOM Yoga Network exists for YOUR benefit, so please take Namaste advantage of what it has to offer. After the summer break, lots of you were keen to Om Shanti get back into Yoga again – evidenced by the fantastic turn-out for our Local Yoga Day. Sue Woolley (BWY Dip. chairman) The theme of the day was „Detox With Yoga‟ – a All events are on a first come first booked basis. If you require a booking confirmation please include topic that tied in nicely with the autumn equinox, a SAE. which is said to be an ideal time to detox. We promised „A day of invigorating yoga and Newsletters are issued at least quarterly. If you relaxation with local teachers‟ and that is what we know anyone who would like to join please ask got! them to contact email@example.com or call 461461 for a form. Vino Frances, Vicki Cox, Meena Sidpra and Esther Jones led nearly 30 students in a diversity of yoga styles. Vino raised our energy levels with Update: Gary Carter’s Kundalini sequences, Vicki took us out of our comfort zone with some pretty challenging asanas Anatomy course 2008: and after a faith lunch we learnt how to care for our feet the Ayurvedic way with Meena. Esther Gary Carter will be teaching his „Structural, introduced us to Yin Yoga in a slow but powerful Functional and Experiential Anatomy‟ course on slowing down session ending with a blissful the Isle of Man starting in 2008. This course is savasana. currently running in London over nine months and Gary has agreed to teach the same course based As a result of the raffle we were able to make a on the Island. We have a list of names of those donation of £67 to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. interested and will be contacting you in due Thank you to everyone who supported this very course with booking details. If you‟d like to successful day, which demonstrated the broad register your interest call Heidi (461461), Meena range of styles and the high quality of teaching (816611) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org available here on the Island. and we will keep you posted. Now to November. The Yoga Network is delighted Gary Carter Anatomy Training Course: that one of our favourite visiting tutors, Geoff Powell from North Wales will be leading two Mar 1st -2nd 2008 sessions over the weekend of Saturday & April 26-27 2008 Sunday, November 17 & 18. Geoff is a very Oct 1/2nd Nov 2008 experienced teacher, whose classes are suited to all levels of practice, so if you are just a beginner A further weekend concluding session is to be you can rest assured that you will feel quite at confirmed „Anatomy Trains & Fascia.‟ This is ease. proposed for Dec 2008 or Jan 2009 and will count as „In service Training‟ (IST) for teachers. The Saturday session will be from 4pm – 6pm at Karma Studio, Douglas and the Sunday session Dates have been adapted where possible so that – PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE – will be at the they do not clash with other Yoga events. Riverside Pavilion, Laxey Glen Gardens from 10am – 4pm. The booking form is attached. Please book early so we have a good idea of Yoga Network Committee Members: Heidi Danaher (Newsletter and Memberships) 461461, e-mail: email@example.com Linda Greggor (Secretary) 844270, Janet Thompson (Treasurer) 835524, Sue Woolley (Chairman) 815705, Howard Caine (Media). Issue 17, October 2007 IOMYN Yoga Philosophy details). We acknowledge that up to recently most classes have been dominated by women so Continuing with our theme „working through the 8 perhaps this will encourage more men to take it limbs of yoga‟ in this issue we are looking at the up. Dave will be sharing his „How I came to Yoga‟ Niyamas or spiritual observances (the second experience in the next newsletter. As Geoff is limb of yoga): visiting next month he has offered his account of his first yoga experiences back in the 60‟s. The five niyamas are: Saucha: cleanliness How I came to Yoga Geoff Powell Santosha: contentment Tapas: discipline, spiritual austerities „I always remember my first teacher, Silva Mehta, telling me that “you don‟t go to yoga but when you Svadhyaya: study of the sacred scriptures and of are ready yoga comes to you”. And I guess that is one's self how it did happen to me. Isvara pranidhana: devotion or surrender I cannot say why I had always had an interest in eastern philosophy and yoga but there was no Santosha way of following up this interest in deepest Essex in the mid „60‟s as there were no classes and The second Niyama Santosha translates as certainly no teachers available. „contentment.‟ How often do we give thanks for the blessings in our lives? Santosha means being However, later living in London I had an invitation in a state of happiness where we are satisfied with from a friend to visit him while he was staying at what we have, and desire nothing else. So next the Scottish Yoga Centre (long defunct) in time you find yourself complaining about Edinburgh. I decided that this might be the something why not change it around and opportunity to find out more so hitched up only to appreciate what you have. You never know it find that the two principal teachers were leaving may even provide the key to changing the for a retreat in India -so no teaching. situation for the better! However, they gave me the address of newly If you wish to read more about yoga philosophy established Iyengar classes at the Bhavan Centre you can borrow books from the IOM Yoga in London and on my return booked myself in to Network Library. Please contact Linda Greggor by take private classes with Silva Mehta - B.K.S. e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 844270. Iyengar‟s principal teacher in the UK- for the costly sum of £1.00 per session! Silva was a short, stocky woman and she would Yoga For Men stalk round me during the session correcting me with few words and steely eyes. She was quite For the first time we are pleased to announce we terrifying! have some male yoga teachers on the Island. Dave Sykes has completed the Sun Power Yoga I graduated to regular weekly classes with Silvia teaching diploma and is teaching an intermediate Prescott and then was invited to join the teacher mixed class on Fridays at Karma in Douglas. training classes. These were very different to how Chris Pycroft is teaching a „Men only‟ Yoga class a teaching course would now be structured in Laxey, on Thursday evenings at The Laxey consisting of about 50 people in a large gym in Football Club, 6.30-8pm ( Tel: 863130 for more Marylebone. The class took place on a Friday Yoga Network Committee Members: Heidi Danaher (Newsletter and Memberships) 461461, e-mail: email@example.com Linda Greggor (Secretary) 844270, Janet Thompson (Treasurer) 835524, Sue Woolley (Chairman) 815705, Howard Caine (Media). Issue 17, October 2007 evening and would take up to 4 hours or more!. Book Review People would be summoned to the front of the class and you would be asked to teach a posture –you never knew who would be asked or what BKS Iyengar: The path to posture it would be or when! Holistic Health There were many contemporaries like Ruth White, John Claxton and Maxine Tobias in the same class but at the end of four hours of concentrated yoga all I was capable of doing was to stagger home to bed and didn‟t in fact meet Ruth or John until some years later. During this time Mr Iyengar would come to London from time to time to teach but I‟m afraid we never did quite see eye to eye. His shouting and his Bang, Kick, Slap approach (as he became known after his initials) was never my style or attitude to teaching. At this time I was also very influenced by the words of the Indian philosopher J. Krishnamurti and used to attend his fascinating talks at by Howard Cain Brockwood Park in Hampshire for a number of years. So together with the physical influences of the Iyengar technique and the philosophical To call Mr Iyengar‟s book “Yoga, the path to aspects of Krishnamurti‟s words I have Holistic Health” a heavyweight tome is something experienced over the years real insight into the of an understatement. Personally, I needed wonderful process we call yoga; it gets richer all hospital treatment for a hernia after lugging its 400 the time. plus pages in A4 hardback cover the length of Strand Street to get back to the car. Having now “Meditation is a state of mind which looks at recovered, I can tell you that the book itself is everything with complete attention, totally, not just really rather good. There are plenty of large full parts of it.” J. Krishnamurti colour photographs of the asanas with various models, male and female, and including the venerable Mr Iyengar himself who, despite being a thousand years old, is still apparently made of Look out for Dave Sykes‟s „How I came to Yoga‟ plasticine and able to get into the most powerful in the next newsletter. Perhaps you are inspired and strenuous of poses with ease. to start on writing up your own review? If you would like to share with us your story of now how The accompanying text touches on all aspects of you started yoga please e-mail yoga including the chakras, eight limbs etc and is firstname.lastname@example.org or call Heidi on concise and easy to read, assuming of course 461461. you‟re strong enough to actually pick the book up. There are tips on self correction of postures, explanations of the benefits and of course words of caution about each of them. Yoga Network Committee Members: Heidi Danaher (Newsletter and Memberships) 461461, e-mail: email@example.com Linda Greggor (Secretary) 844270, Janet Thompson (Treasurer) 835524, Sue Woolley (Chairman) 815705, Howard Caine (Media). Issue 17, October 2007 Overall, a good introduction to how yoga can be of I then discoursed with Dharma Mittra on the “guru- benefit to the modern, active, stressful life, both sisha” (teacher-student) tradition and its physically and mentally, with inspirational phrases relevance today, I opened my chakras with Sean such as “If you practise yoga every day with Corn and the vinyasa flows, I then got a perseverance, you will be able to face the turmoil treatment of the anti-aging miracle (forward of life with steadiness and maturity” I‟m still bends) with Maxine Tobias and danced the dance working on this one . . . particularly the latter. It‟s of Shiva with Andrey Lappa. also comforting to see that the guru himself, likes to practise his yoga in a big nappy, something which I‟ve been accused of myself! Well worth checking out at any price, a bargain if you see it in a remainder bookshop. Just remember to buy a van or bring a strong friend….. Celebrating the Life and Honouring the Achievements of Yogacharya Andrey Lappa - Dance of Shiva Sri B K S Iyengar I laughed till I had tears in my eyes with Alan Finger ( Ishta yoga ) with his witty take on the Meena‟s visit to Santa Clara, California famous leading lights of yoga who have made the cover of Yoga Journal and I quietened my soul Meena shares with us her account of her visit to a with Ramanand Patel and H.S Arun with their US yoga festival which she simply described to experience of the guru-sisha tradition. her husband as a seminar “Over the water!!” ……. I was walking on air when I left the Yogacharya on „Once I got the cash and the childcare in place I Monday morning, at 2 am. However, the then hit Expedia and booked my place for the adventure did not end there. Coming back home, Yogacharya. It was only a bit later that Kevin we were all sitting on the Flybe aircraft at Gatwick found out the actual location of over the water! ready to take off at 2.30 pm and they announced a delay, finally we left at 6.15 in the evening! At last Thursday 12 July came and I was off. I got to San Francisco with a bit of an adventure and Whilst sitting on the tarmac, I was re-playing my for all my efforts I was treated to one of the triple weekend in my head and my seminars with Alan „A‟ rooms in the hotel… Beautiful!… The next Finger came flooding back – the world of chakras morning I went to my first seminar with Shiva Rea. which bring together the physical, emotional, The group was outside and the early morning mental and energetic bodies of the “self”. The use practice with the rising sun got all the jet lag out of of asana, meditation, visualization, mantra, yantra, the system and I was ready for the rest of the tantra and philosophy opened my closed doors weekend. and I saw a glimpse of me “experiencing true Surya Namaskar with Shiva Rea balance and expanded consciousness.” Sitting on that tarmac, I felt rebalanced, invigorated and amazed. It is 29 September 2007 at 8.00 am in the morning and I still feel the same. Yoga Network Committee Members: Heidi Danaher (Newsletter and Memberships) 461461, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Linda Greggor (Secretary) 844270, Janet Thompson (Treasurer) 835524, Sue Woolley (Chairman) 815705, Howard Caine (Media). Issue 17, October 2007 outside of your left foot or ankle. To avoid compression in your lower back, actively lift your pubis toward your navel, and at the same time, press your tailbone toward the floor. Begin to lift your left foot up, away from the floor, and back, away from your torso. Extend the left thigh behind you and parallel to the floor. Stretch your right arm forward, in front of your torso, parallel to the floor. The second option with the hands is to sweep your right hand around behind your back and catch hold of the inner left foot. ( using a belt if for assistance if required) Then sweep the left hand back and grab the outside of the left foot. This variation will challenge your balance even more. Then raise the thigh as described in step 3. This Posture of the month second variation will increase the lift of your chest Natarajasana : Cosmic dancer and stretch your shoulders. Benefits Stay in the pose for 20 to 30 seconds. Then Stretches the shoulders and chest release the grasp on the foot, place the left foot back onto the floor, and repeat for the same Stretches the thighs, groins, and abdomen length of time on the other side. Strengthens the legs and ankles Full Pose Improves balance For the full pose, perform step 1 as described above. Then turn your left arm actively outward Contraindications and Cautions (so the palm faces away from the side of the torso), bend the elbow, and grip the outside of the Low blood pressure left foot. (You can also grab the big toe with the first two fingers and the thumb.) The fingers will cross the top of the foot, the thumb will press Getting into the posture: against the sole. Inhale, lift the left leg up, and bring the thigh parallel to the floor. As you do this, Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Inhale, rotate the left shoulder in such a way that the bent shift your weight onto your right foot, and lift your elbow swings around and up, so that it points left heel toward your left buttock as you bend the toward the ceiling. It requires extreme flexibility to knee. Press the head of your right thigh bone externally rotate and flex the shoulder joint in this back, deep into the hip joint, and pull the knee cap way. Reach the right arm straight forward, in front up to keep the standing leg straight and strong. of the torso and parallel to the floor. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, release, and repeat on the second There are two variations you might try here side for the same length of time. with your arms and hands. In either case, try to keep your torso relatively upright. The first is to To modify try bracing the free hand against a wall reach back with your left hand and grasp the to help you stay stable. Yoga Network Committee Members: Heidi Danaher (Newsletter and Memberships) 461461, e-mail: email@example.com Linda Greggor (Secretary) 844270, Janet Thompson (Treasurer) 835524, Sue Woolley (Chairman) 815705, Howard Caine (Media). Issue 17, October 2007 Kundalini Yoga with Vino Frances a combination of yoga and talking therapies based on psychodynamic systemic and neuro-linguistic Vino‟s journey into Yoga began two decades ago programming.’ with Ken and Angela Thompson and a decade ago with Ruth White, learning meditation in her Vino holds various qualifications including MBBS home. Meditation was something Vino very much (Medicine), MRC Psych. and Kundalini appreciated, working as a psychiatrist with a busy International Teachers‟ Association (KITA). mind and in need of stillness. Vino worked as a GP as well as in Mental Health. It was at a Vino teaches a Saturday morning yoga class in conference in New York that she first encountered Derby Square (9-10.30am) and is also available a yoga tradition that is a powerful psychologists for one to one sessions. She can be contacted by resource, with health benefits for stress, telephoning 484185 or by e-mail: especially anxiety and obsessive thinking. It is the firstname.lastname@example.org „Yoga of Energy and Elevation to Higher Consciousness‟ and is called the „Mother of Yoga‟. Introduced into the USA by the late Yogi Bhajan in the 1960s, it works on our „chakras‟ to balance our magnetic energy field, working on our glandular secretions and nervous system and helping us to master our minds. The journey is to find God, or our essence, and then see the essence of others. Hatha Yoga makes the journey via our body postures (asanas), Karma Yoga by community service, and the focus in Raja yoga is meditation. This Energy Yoga tradition uses three tools together i.e. short rapid body moves with breathing techniques and a mantra, repeated silently or as a chant. A warm-up is followed by a set of Kriyas specifically for certain chakras or a particular condition i.e. anger, tiredness, liver function etc. This is followed by a relaxation and a short chanting session which opens up the acupressure points inside the mouth. Are you still a member? Vino did her Teacher Training at the Kriya Centre in North London. Vino says, „When I came to If you‟re not sure that your membership is work in the Isle of Man, I wanted to carry this tool up to date, give Janet a call on 835524. The with me. I am now retiring from the Health Service renewal is £6 and was due in July. after 20 years commitment to the severe mental illness services. I would like to offer my experience and skills to people here in the Island, especially in the Douglas/Onchan area, employing Yoga Network Committee Members: Heidi Danaher (Newsletter and Memberships) 461461, e-mail: email@example.com Linda Greggor (Secretary) 844270, Janet Thompson (Treasurer) 835524, Sue Woolley (Chairman) 815705, Howard Caine (Media). Issue 17, October 2007 IOM YOGA NETWORK LOCAL CLASSES Below is a list of some of the yoga teachers working in the Isle of Man. Please send any updated information ( venue/class changes) firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Heidi on 461461. Zoë Campbell Karuna Cert. Iyengar Inspired Hatha Yoga Ballastowel Farm, Braddan. Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher Tel: 625588 (Office hours) All Abilities – Beginners welcome E-Mail: email@example.com Braddan – Tues. & Wed. eve Christina Clayton Hatha Yoga 37 Clybane Rise,Farmhill, Braddan Classes: Karma Yoga & Pilates Studio, Douglas Tel: 613124 or 482782. Email: Jetski@manx.net Beginners/Intermediates Vicki Cox Sivananda Classes. Private one to one. Santa Fe, Old Laxey Hill, Laxey. Tel: 434831 for details Heidi Danaher BWY Dip.& Karuna Hatha Yoga. All levels Hazel Bank, Minorca Hill, Laxey. Tel 461461. Classes: Monday Ballacottier, via IOMCollege E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Laxey: Tues eves Also Yoga for Pregnancy & Children‟s yoga Vino Frances Kundalini Yoga Diploma Kundalini Yoga 23 Derby Square E-Mail: email@example.com Saturday Mornings 9am-10.30am. Mixed ability. Tel: 484185 Linda Greggor BWY Dip. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hatha Yoga. Mixed Style. All Levels. Tel: 844270 or 456782. Classes: Douglas, Peel and St John‟s. Yoga for Pregnancy Eileen Hayward 3 Raad ny Gabbil, Ballalough, Pranayama yoga. Castletown. Classes: Castle Rushen High School, Tel: 822772 (Thursday evenings) Candice Jones BWY Dip. Tel: 437826 Hatha Yoga. Mixed style. All levels. E-Mail: email@example.com Braaid Hall. (Weds eve) Private classes Esther Jones Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy Flat 23 Derby Square, Douglas, Tel: 416654 Classes Douglas & Ramsey E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Private classes Barbara Thorn Hatha/Pranayama 31 Ballakermeen Drive Douglas Classes: Douglas and Onchan area. Tel: 614676, Email: Private and IOM College email@example.com Dave Sykes Sun Power Yoga Dip Karma Yoga & Pilates Studio, Douglas Tel: 491901 Intermediates Samantha Walker BWY Dip/Yoga Alliance Karma Yoga & Pilates Studio, Douglas Tel: 663300 (mobile: 470522) Sun Power Yoga (Ashtanga,Shivananda,Hatha) E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Classes for all levels inc private. www.karma-iom.co.uk/ Pregnancy and post natal Sue Woolley BWY Dip. & Karuna Hatha Yoga. ( Ruth White) teacher. Classes: Ramsey Arbory, 3 Brookfield Terrace, Ramsey, (Mon & Tues evenings, IOM College) Tel: 815705. Email: email@example.com Saturday Mornings, The Gym Ramsey Contributions to the newsletter on yoga topics / recipes are very welcome. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org Yoga Network Committee Members: Heidi Danaher (Newsletter and Memberships) 461461, e-mail: email@example.com Linda Greggor (Secretary) 844270, Janet Thompson (Treasurer) 835524, Sue Woolley (Chairman) 815705, Howard Caine (Media). Issue 17, October 2007 BOOKING FORM GEOFF POWELL YOGA – November 17th and 18th 2007 IOMYN Members Non-Members Saturday, November 17th: 2 hour Yoga Class at Karma Studio, Douglas £12 £15 Sunday, November 18th: Full-day Workshop at Riverside Pavilion, Glen Gardens Laxey £30 Programme: 10am-12 noon General yoga postures 12 noon-1pm Lunch 1pm – 2pm Talk 2.15 pm- 4pm Release postures/breathing & relaxation Faith Lunch: bring something to share (or your own packed lunch) Tea/Coffee etc. will be provided. There will be a raffle in aid of Hospice local charity. Please Book Early to Avoid Disappointment …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Please reserve me a place on the following yoga events: - Saturday, November 17th: GEOFF’s YOGA CLASS ( KARMA) £12/£15 Sunday , November 18th GEOFF’s WORKSHOP ( RIVERSIDE) £30 BOOKING DETAILS: I am a member of IOM Yoga Network (IOMYN) I would like to renew/become a member of IOMYN ( £6) (Please note that in order to participate in the workshop you need to be a member of the IOMYN) I enclose my cheque made out to the ‘IOM Yoga Network’ to the value of £ ………. NAME: …………………………………………………………………………………………………… ADDRESS ………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. TEL No/s……………………….. E-MAIL …………………………………………………………….. Preferred form of contact for newsletter: (please tick) Post E-mail Please send your cheque to: Mrs. J. Thompson, Cott ny Greiney, Beach Road, Port St. Mary, Isle of Man. Telephone: 835524 after 4p.m. I understand that the cost of the day is returnable in the event of any course cancellation. I also understand that the fee is non-returnable in the event that I am unable to attend. NB No receipts will be issued, assume you are booked on the course unless you hear otherwise. Yoga Network Committee Members: Heidi Danaher (Newsletter and Memberships) 461461, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Linda Greggor (Secretary) 844270, Janet Thompson (Treasurer) 835524, Sue Woolley (Chairman) 815705, Howard Caine (Media).