Developing and practicing safe headstands

Location: Blooming Bamboo, Novus, Spectrum 7, Spectrum Business Park, Seaham SR7 7PS
Saturday 15th September
Time: 10.30 to 1.30 with a short break
Price: £25.00

To book please visit the Blooming Bamboo site HERE

Headstands bring many benefits, are invigorating and fun to reverse our normal view of life, the workshop is open to those wishing to work towards headstand and also those who are already able to do the posture as variations will be given.

The focus of the workshop is to work towards them in a safe and mindful way. The first half of the session will primarily work on the preparation of the various areas of the body which need strengthening and opening which contribute towards getting into a headstand in a safe and steady way, this routine will be a practice in itself. We’ll also look at the benefits and techniques for holding the posture for longer periods of time and for anyone who wishes to we’ll have a introductory look at forearm balance and handstand.

In the Hatha Yoga tradition, inversions before they were known as an ‘Asana’ were referred to as Vipareeta Karani Mudra – ‘the reversing attitude’.

From the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, chp 3 verse 79: ‘With the navel region above and the palate below, the sun is above and the moon below. It is called Vipareeta Karani, the reversing process’.

What did they mean by this and what were they trying to reverse? We’ll also delve into the eastern view of inversions v’s western view.

Pranayama in perspective, the five phases of progressive practice with Philip Xerri

Location: Space six, 39 Pilgrim St, Newcastle, NE1 6QE (map)
Dates: The workshop is being run on two dates:

Saturday 29th September – full – contact for reserve
Saturday 27th October – full – contact for reserve

Time: 10.15-3.45 with a break for lunch
Cost: £55.00 – any cancellation within three days of the event there is a zero refund policy.

To book please email. To find out more about Philip visit his site at Yoga Quests

Philip studied yoga and Pranayama with Dr. Swami Gitananda in India 1980/1981, graduated with an honours degree in Comparative Religion 1984 and a Post Graduate Certficate 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 main focus of Philip’s Yoga practice has always been Pranayama culminating in the formulation of the one year Pranayama Foundation Course in 2000 (see below). The Pranayama Foundation Course encapsulates Philip’s two fold approach to the practice of Pranayama – structured, progressive, developmental, logical, but also, holding firmly onto the power and spiritual poignancy of the practice.

Workshop format
There seems to be little logical, structured, developmental teaching or practice of Pranayama that covers the vast array of control, conditioning and attunement processes leading up to Classical Kumbhaka. And yet, there does exist such a structure spread over 5 general levels of practice :

Foundations – Control of the breath, maximizing the potential of the lungs, initial attunement of the subtle anatomy.

Developmental – Holistic development of body, emotions, mind and spirit with the introduction of rhythmical breathing.

Alignment – Harmonisation of the Koshas.

Purification – Of Surya and Chandra Nadis via rhythmical alternation of the breath through the nostrils and application of Bandhas.

Classical – the eight Kumbhakas.

The Day will give a ‘bird’s eye’ view and experience of the FIVE PHASES via lecture and practice. The Day will be ‘workshop’ style – an explanation of the particular phase giving an understanding of its physical and energetic aims followed by a practical application of one or more practices taken from that phase.

The Day will also include integrated Asana and Relaxation practices.


Autumn Yoga retreat

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

Dates: Friday 9th to Sunday 11th November.

Cost: £195.00 if paid in full by 30/9 or £220.00 after which includes your own 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.

Find out more about Sameyling at www.sameyling.org


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 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.

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 honours degree in Comparative Religion 1984 and a Post Graduate Certficate 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.