I am pleased to host a weekend workshop with
YOGA AS INTEGRATION
29th & 30th June 2013
The cost for all three sessions is £110
The sessions will take place in the Garden Studio, Pavilion Dance, Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU
Book your place now in person, by phone: 01202 203630 or book online: paviliondance.org.uk
1. INTEGRATING BREATH AND MOVEMENT SATURDAY MORNING 4 HOURS 10am – 2pm
This session will focus on the fine art of synchronising movement and action with the breath. By integrating the anatomical body with the physiological body breath body synchronisation contains and accumulates energy that nourishes the body and clarifies the mind. At the same time it focuses attention deeply on what is actually happening and in doing so initiates and stabilises the meditative mind.
2. INTEGRATING ACTION SUNDAY MORNING 3 HOURS 10m – 1pm
This session will focus on functionally integrating the body through subtle action. This requires the activation of the Seven Universal Actions of yoga posture practice which generate the bandhas in the whole body. In doing so the body is brought into the deep, quiet stillness of quantum resonance without requiring extremes of strength and flexibility.
3. INTEGRATING BODY MIND AND SPIRIT SUNDAY AFTERNOON 3 HOURS 2Pm – 5pm
This session will focus on clarifying the nature and relationship between body, mind and consciousness. Only when the intelligence of the mind is brought to bear deeply on the intelligence of the body can body and mind express their inherent unity. If this takes place deeply enough the core intelligence of consciousness makes itself apparent.
Godfrey Devereux has been teaching and practicing yoga for over 40 years and his contribution to the art and science of yoga is unique and remarkable. His discoveries and developments are numerous, ongoing and allow yoga to be experienced without reference to esotericism or unverifiable concepts. Unintimidated by the ideologies and hierarchies of tradition he has been able to cast clear light not only on the subtleties of yoga practice, but also on the nature of the body-mind relationship and the significance of human consciousness.
Godfrey has used yoga posture practice to develop a systematic exploration of the relationship between body, mind and consciousness as expressions of a single spectrum of intelligence. Functioning through the sensations generated by the intelligence of the body and the interpretations generated by the intelligence of mind the core intelligence of consciousness is made accessible through somatic action. Relying as it does on the inherent intelligence of the body, rather than flexibility, skill or strength, his training method allows anyone to enjoy a seamless transition from separateness to integration, without losing touch with what makes each one of us distinct and unique.
Taking place as an experiential process based on somatic intelligence requiring no assumptions, this transition easily becomes more than a momentary experience. In recalibrating the body on the basis of its natural intelligence mind is required to undergo its own subtle recalibration; letting go of the unexamined assumptions of autonomy and independence which underpin the anxious sense of separate self and its deeply destructive proprietorial tendencies.
Godfrey’s pioneering journey into the roots of human experience is grounded in a lifetime of yoga practice on mat and cushion that began when he was 16 years old. Fertilised by professional training in Child Development and Education, Oriental Medicine, and dedicated study with masters of Zen, Advaita and Tantra as well as Indian Yoga Gurus, Godfrey’s practice has brought him to a deep, lucid intimacy with the subtleties of being human within which its apparent paradoxes are all heart-warmingly resolved.
At the heart of his teaching is a presentation of yoga as unity, rather than union. By cultivating deep intimacy with action and sensation the nature of mind as the source of distinction and division becomes evident, and the nature and significance of mystical experiences of union becomes clear. Godfrey’s teaching invites us to contextualise the sense of separateness where we so often flounder, within the deeper experiential perspectives of connectedness, interconnectedness, non-separateness and emptiness (or wholeness). This invitation is extended somatically on the basis of direct, immediate experience without any need for external authority or ideological dogma. In being accepted it allows us to feel a deep intimacy with and trust in life as an indivisible wholeness without needing to deny the presence or power of any element of our personal experience.