Philip Xerri : Pranayama Foundation Course 2019

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

Dates: Saturday’s – March 2nd, April 6th, May 11th, June 15th, July 27th &
Sept 7th – 2019. Timings are 10.00-4.00 (aprx) each day with a break for lunch. On the last day of the course there is a further 3 months of structured home practice with support if required.

Cost: £525.00 early bird if paid in full by the end of Nov 2018 or £595.00 after, installments are available. If you’ve done the course before the price is £200.00 or £40.00 to repeat individual days.

A £100.00 non refundable deposit is required to secure a place and the balance is payable no later than a week before the start date. Once the course has started there is a zero refund policy.

To book please email hello@yoganewcastle.co.uk. **full reserve only**

Pranayama is the bridge that leads to the deeper dimensions of Yoga. It is literally the ‘breath of life’ and forms the foundation upon which the energy aspect of Yoga is built and developed.

About Philip
Philip studied Yoga and Pranayama with Dr. Swami Gitananda in India 1980/1981, graduated with an honors degree in Comparative Religion 1984 and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Religious Studies 1985. Philip has experienced many different schools of Yoga, qualified in Remedial Massage, Reflexology and Touch for Health and has run Yoga Quests for the last 25 years.

The course offers:
1. Guidance from a teacher who has been at the forefront of Pranayama training in the UK for decades.
2. A structured & supervised personal development programme enabling you to expand & deepen your own practice.
3. A comprehensive illustrated Course Manual covering all the practices on the course.
4. Certificate on completion.

Who this course is for?
This course is designed to benefit serious students & teachers alike with at least 3 years continuous practice of Yoga, it involves an in depth exploration of Pranayama on 2 levels :

Self Development
1. You will learn the Pranayama’s thoroughly, in a logical and structured way starting with developing complete control over the act of breathing.
2. You will learn postures & sequences which enhance the potential and flexibility of the respiratory system.
3. A systematic guided home practice schedule is at the heart of this course.
4. Pranayama is a powerful tool for health & healing. The course involves a wider and holistic development of the whole being : physical, emotional, mental & spiritual.

1. The thorough development of a personal practice is crucial for the teaching of Pranayama.
2. From this foundation the course will examine ways to introduce and develop structured programmes for the teaching of Pranayama.

The Course progresses through 5 distinct phases

Foundations: The mechanics of ‘basic breathing’.
Development: The use of breathing rhythms to manipulate Prana.
Alignment: Breathing patterns & visualisation techniques to bring harmony within the Koshas.
Purification: Nadi Shodhana & the Bandhas.
Classical : Preliminary & developmental levels of Classical Pranayamas as described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

In addition to the course Philip offers post graduate day training’s which expand on the content already covered.


Yoga retreats at Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan centre

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

Dates: The weekend this year will be held twice on Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May and 8th to 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