Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience: comparative and creative forms of Yoga Nidra “formerly known as the Total Yoga Nidra Foundation” with Uma-Dinsmore Tuliuma-dinsmore-tuli-yoga-newcastle-workshop

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

Dates: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th Jan 2018

Time: 10.00-5.00 with a break for lunch (times are approximate and will be confirmed nearer the time with attendees)

Cost: £190.00 – payment via bacs or chq, course only meals & accommodation not included. Installments are available.

To book please email hello@yoganewcastle.co.uk

Awaken your consciousness of sleep and dream through the tantric practice of expanded awareness for lucid living. Become alive to the source of well-being, happiness and purpose in every dimension of life.

We understand yoga Nidra to be the most transformative, potent and remarkably adaptive of all yoga practices. Yoga Nidra is in fact not really a single practice, but rather an experience of altered states of consciousness, essentially meditative experiences which can be used therapeutically for healing, as well as to enhance creativity and productivity and to improve sleep and general health.

The Total Yoga Nidra Foundation Weekend is a self-contained and complete retreat style immersion (non-residential) open to anyone with an interest in experiencing Total Yoga Nidra. It is both a standalone weekend course that covers all the fundamentals of Total Yoga Nidra, as well as being a pre-requisite for moving on to the full Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training. The intention of this part of the course is to offer an accessible and profound immersion in the experience of Total Yoga Nidra, providing a perfect opportunity for those who have encountered other partial or limited forms of the practice to meet the full spectrum of approaches to yoga Nidra.

What’s in the foundation course?

A combination of theory and practice to give you a sound foundation (or to deepen your existing foundation) of understanding about what yoga Nidra is in the broadest sense, and how it works, together with plenty of live, responsive and practical experiences of a full range of yoga Nidra. We will cover:

1. Welcome to Yoga Nidra
2. History and Development
3. Intentions, and How They Shape the Practice
4. Comparative Structures
5. Comparative Rotations of Consciousness
6. The Science of Yoga Nidra
7. The Philosophy of Yoga Nidra
8. Liminality & Creativity
9. Sleep, Memory & Dreams
10. Trance: Hypnosis & Yoga Nidra
11. Yoga Nidra as a Meditative Practice
12. Sankalpa
13. Yoga Nidra & Bhakti Yoga
14. Growing your Own Practice

After the course students will also receive membership for the Yoga Nidra network for ongoing support and downloads, find out more about the Yoga Nidra network at www.yoganidranetwork.org


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

Location: Space six, 39 Pilgrim St, Newcastle, NE1 6QE (map)
Date: 29th September 2018
Time: 10.15-3.45 with a break for lunch

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.


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.

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.

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.