Awaken the breath & increase energy with Yoga Pranayama

Location: North Shields, NE29 0LT
Time: 4.00-5.15pm approx
Dates: Saturdays 7/3 – full, 4/4.
Price: £10.00

This dedicated once a month class focuses primarily on breath work and is aimed at those who have an interest in learning Pranayama in a step by step way. The numbers are limited only to 4 and includes:

1. Techniques for developing basic breathing as a foundation.
2. Establishing rhythms and patterns of breathing for increasing lung capacity.
3. Some specific Asana’s which help with sitting and lung development.
4. Building to the classical Pranayama techniques.
5. The gradual introduction of Bandha (internal locks) to practice.

Home practice will be given each month in preparation for the following month.

Please contact to reserve your place and full address for the session.

Pranayama – the power to heal with Phillip Xerri

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

Date: Saturday 18th April 2020

Times: 10.00-4.00 with a break for lunch

Cost: £55.00

This is Philips only workshop this year so early booking is recommended, please contact to book.


About Phillip
Philip Xerri is one of the leading authorities on Pranayama in the UK. He originally trained with Swami Gitananda in Pondicherry in 1981 and has been teaching Yoga & Pranayama for over 30 years. In 2000 he devised and produced the Pranayama Foundation Course which runs as a Pranayama Module for the British Wheel of Yoga. This marvelous course is the culmination of decades of experience, practice, research and teaching of Pranayama. You can find out more about Phillip at yogaquests.co.uk

About the workshop
Prana is seen to be the core energy of our being: it is the ‘juice’ of life. Pranayama is the quintessential practice in Yoga whereby this energy is manipulated. Thus, Pranayama can be utilized as a powerful tool in self-healing. On this workshop we will explore this vast subject from four general directions:

Directional Healing
1. The Pranava AUM: a profound and beautiful practice that brings together the physical, the energetic and the vibrational into a whole-body experience.
2. The extension to this is Directional Healing wherein that vibrational energy can be directed to any specific part of the body.

Various Pranayama’s from the main texts of Yoga will be introduced and their therapeutic applications explored.

Rhythmical Breathing
Manipulating Prana with the introduction of particular rhythms.

Pranayama Kriyas and Mudras
Combining rhythm, movement, relaxation and visualisation to release deep seated tension in the physical and emotional bodies.


Extended Yoga practice

Location: Wellness space, 15 Pickersgill Court, Sunderland, SR5 2AQ.

Date: Saturday 9th May

Times: 1.00-3.00

Cost: £15.00

Traditional Yoga texts describe a broad range of practices to enable the practitioner to prepare the mind and body for waking to a deeper sense of self. These ‘tools’ work on the various layers of the self from the gross to the subtle. In Yoga these are referred to as ‘Koshas’, or layers of the body.

This session will focus on a breath-led posture practice with variations to suit, simple Pranayama techniques, cleansing practices, and a short meditation practice to finish. Through this traditional practice we will learn more about ourselves and build resilience for dealing with the modern world.

Suitable to those with some previous yoga experience, bookings via wellnesspace.co.uk


Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita with Daniel Simpson

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

Date: Saturday 14th November

Times: 10.00-4.00 with a break for lunch

Cost: £50.00

Early booking is recommended, please contact to book.

Unlike many early yogic texts, whose ultimate goal is renouncing the world, the Bhagavad Gita promotes taking action. Encouraging detachment from personal gain, and a view of all beings as essentially one, it highlights ways to serve wider society. Each of its teachings is said to be yoga, combining methods of devotion, meditation, knowledge and worldly activity. Exploring it together, we’ll discuss its main themes and put some of its insights into practice. Please bring a copy of the Bhagavad Gita (any translation), a notebook and pen, and some comfortable practice clothes.

Daniel Simpson teaches courses at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, on teacher trainings and online. His practical guidebook to yoga philosophy will be published soon. Find out more at danielsimpson.info.