Exploring Tantra and Yoga

Location: Space six (6th floor), Commercial Union house, 39 Pilgrim St, Newcastle, NE1 6QE

Date: Saturday 29th June

Time: 9.30am for 9.45am start until 12.45pm

Cost: £25.00

Numbers are limited therefore pre-booking is essential, to book please contact.

About the workshop

Is there a practice that can help us understand our body, mind and spirit and help us to connect deeply to ourselves, others and to life?

Tantra is one such practice. And yoga has its roots in tantra.

Tantra is often misinterpreted as Yoga of ecstasy. It simply means method or technique just as Yoga means union but means much more to how we approach our practice. Tantra embraces the concept that we are energy or consciousness embodied in the physical and that by having certain practices we can become deeply in tune with ourselves and life.

In this workshop practitioner, researcher and teacher Rumana Zahn introduces us to tantra and its profound application not only to our yoga practice but our everyday life, making it more fulfilling. Rumana and David will look at the practical ways how combining Yoga, Thai massage and tantra both theory and technique can help us to open up more to ourselves and others.

We will be looking at self-awareness, connection, touch, using some Thai massage, pressure point work and connecting deeply within and to others. There will be no posture work but we will be taking a look at how to embrace tantra to living a happy, healthy and enlightened life.

No yoga experience necessary.

Open to all genders, single or partners.

Yoga retreat at Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan centre

Location: Purelands retreat centre, Kagyu Samye Ling, Eskdalemuir, Langholm, DG13 OQL

Dates: Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November.

Cost: £195.00 which includes your own single room, all Yoga sessions and delicious vegetarian meals.

Any cancellation within 5 days of the retreat there is only a 50% refund, please contact to book.

Come and enjoy a weekend of Yoga at the Purelands retreat centre set within the grounds of Samey Ling, the first Tibetan centre to be set up in the west in 1967. The weekend will be an opportunity to detach from the routine of everyday life, enjoy great food, company and absorb yourself in the joy of Yoga practice. There will be some free time Saturday afternoon to go for a relaxing walk by the river or around the grounds, chill in the Tibetan tea rooms, browse around the shop or simply sit quietly in one of the main shrine rooms.

Arrival time is for 6.00 on the Friday with a light evening practice/meditation followed by three sessions on Saturday comprising of morning, late afternoon and evening meditation practice. On Sunday there is morning and afternoon practice and retreat ends around 3.00. The retreat centre is a very peaceful environment to support your practice and the practice room over looks the countryside and has under floor heating.

The weekend is suitable to those with previous experience and is an opportunity to go deeper and we explore a wider range of practices including Asana, Pranayama, meditation and more.


A brief history of Yoga

Location: Kingston Park community centre, Brunton Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 2SW

Date: Saturday 28th September

Times: 10.00-4.00 with a break for lunch

Cost: £50.00

Contact to book – early booking recommended. Please bring a light lunch, Yoga mat/blanket and a cushion.

What exactly is yoga, and how did it evolve from transcending the world to a global industry worth billions of dollars? Join Daniel Simpson for a day of exploring where yoga comes from, and how practice relates to philosophy over time.

We begin with yogic traditions of ancient India, tracing their development through early Upanishads, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita, and their systematisation in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. We also see how ascetics from different traditions exchanged ideas.

Our second session focuses in depth on the physical practice known as hatha, which was influenced by Tantra and other ideas in the last 1,000 years. We consider the shift from seated meditation to more dynamic priorities, and see how this helped give birth to modern yoga.

Daniel holds an MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation, from SOAS in London. He teaches yoga philosophy for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, at Triyoga in London and on teacher trainings. Find out more at daniesimpson.info