In 2015, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli launched her new project in collaboration with Jack Harrison (The Celtic School of Yoga). The purpose this school of Yoga is to re-establish a balance between East and West. The teachings are offered from the heart.
Over the two days the course will explore wild nidra, nidra shakti, seasonal movement sequences and nourishing the energy rivers. Practices to support the radical ecology of self care in the Celtic approach to yoga. Includes breath, movement, sound, stories, song and poetry, walks and wild nidras.
What if we as Westerners do not have to look to India for inspiration? What if we realise that, in many cases, the universal dreams which make up the foundation of our practice are variants of stories which have been with us all our lives? Even if we have never heard these stories, they have shaped the minds and hearts of our fathers and mothers. What if we realise that the gods and goddesses of the Celtic and pre‐Celtic pantheon are still very much alive and active in Ireland and other parts of the Celtic world? And that, because they have lived within us, and in our parents and their parents, for so long we may feel their presence closer and more intimately?
Friday evening: Open class for all (6 pm - 9 pm)
Celtic Yoga Weekend overview:
A weekend retreat to immerse deeply in the celtic approach t yoga – rooted in the practices of yoga and the wisdom from the Celtic Spriritual tradition that honours all of life as sacred. Practices include Celtic Yoga wild nidra, nidra shakti, seasonal movement sequences and nourishing the energy rivers. All practices designed to support the radical ecology of self care in the Celtic approach to yoga. Includes breath, movement, sound, stories, song and poetry, walks and wild nidras.
Schedule for each day of the Celtic yoga weekend introduction
Saturday and Sunday 10 til 1: with breaks as necessary
10 til 1030 morning yoga nidra with sound and poetry
1030 – 11 opening circle – greetings and welcomes,
11 – 1130 mudras and mantras,
11.30 til 1 - seasonally attuned movement and breath
1 til 2 lunch
2 til 3 walk, with meditative awareness
3.30 til 5.30 afternoon mantra
seasonally attuned meditative movements, pranayama, afternoon nidra and re-awakening movement
To practise Celtic Yoga is to be fully rooted in the earth and enraptured by life. The purpose of this school of yoga is to re‐establish a balance between East and West, between what we look for outside of ourselves and what we find when we come home, through elementally integrated yoga for body, heart and soul, incorporating movement, breath, story, poetry and myths drawn from the indigenous spiritual treasure house of our Celtic heritage.
Celtic Yoga en-chants: it calls us to be fully alive, and to voice the song of the breath in the life of the body, in deep connection with the earth, and in honour of her. Celtic Yoga invites us to come home to taste the honey of our own spirit’s knowing: to be nourished by the stories and poetic traditions that grew from our own islands, in in celebration of life here. It is an approach to yoga as an experience of hospitality. Celtic Yoga invites us to rediscover how to live a life that is fully alive in a very practical sense to the spiritual wisdom of the Celtic world; to encounter a life in which in everything is celebrated as sacred: each breath, every movement, each feeling of heart, and the thoughts and flights of mind and soul, are welcomed into this yoga of homecoming. This is a yoga of reconnection.
In this workshop, Uma will weave together chanting, poetry, song, movement, breathing practices and yoga nidra to transform our physical practice into a tangible connection with ourselves, with others and with the Earth herself.
Contribution and Costs
The cost of hosting and organising the event is shared between the participants. Each person is also invited to make a gift from the heart for the value of the teaching.
The cost for the accommodation, all meals and contribution to the space hire is £115/person
This includes arrival on the evening before the course and staying for 2 nights.
It Is possible to arrange to stay for the days in-between the retreats if you are coming for all 4 retreats.
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About Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
Uma was first introduced to yoga at the age of four by her mother and began meditating at nine on a pilgrimage with her maternal grandmother. Yoga and meditation have been part of her daily life ever since. As a naturally curious and enquiring yogini, she has engaged passionately and critically with a variety of quite different schools of yoga, most especially Satyananda Yoga and Iyengar Yoga.
After completing the Yoga Biomedical Trust Diploma in Yoga Therapy in 1999, Uma has continued to find the fully integrated approach of yoga therapy to be the most practical route to the healing power of yoga. She further trained in Structural Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy with Mukunda Stiles, and works as a yoga therapist with special expertise in women’s health. Uma has a PhD in Communications and is a recognised teacher of the British Wheel of Yoga. She has been a training tutor in Yoga Therapy since 2001 and also teaches British Wheel of Yoga In-service training days. As a mother of three, she has been both personally and professionally engaged with the development of pregnancy yoga, yoga for birth and postnatal recovery, and family yoga, and has been training teachers in this field since 2002, when she first tutored for the Birthlight Trust. Since then she has delighted in creating her own courses to promote excellence of teaching in this field, including Well Woman Yoga and a uniquely responsive Integrated Mother and Baby yoga teacher training. With the intention of widening access to pregnancy and postnatal yoga, she founded Sitaram Yoga with her husband in 1998, and it continues to offer pregnancy and postantal yoga classes in London, including at King’s College and St Thomas’s hopsitals.
The heart of Uma’s daily personal and therapeutic practice is yoga nidra, which she believes to be the most powerfully transformative of all yoga techniques. She first encountered the technique at the Satyananda Yoga Centre in 1995, and has been exploring all aspects of it with fascination ever since. She has studied a variety of different approaches to the practice both in India and the UK, with nationally renowned exponents including Swami Muktidharma (Satyananda Acharya, New Zealand), Mukunda Stiles, and Richard Miller. She has refined a range of particularly feminine therapeutic applications of yoga nidra, including its use for the promotion of fertility, positive birthing, postnatal recovery and conscious menstrual health a source of spiritual empowerment. She has taught yoga nidra to hundreds of people, in every conceivable environment, from nursery schools, hospitals and airports, to giant geodesic domes filled with yogis sheltering from wild storms at yoga festivals and gatherings. She has been sharing the technique with teachers from all lineages on Yoga Therapy training courses and retreats since 1999.
Uma leads retreats and courses worldwide, sharing the approach to yoga therapy set out in her CDs, DVDs and books: Mother’s Breath, Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth, and Feel Confident: Yoga for Living. Her new book Yoni Shakti is about the evolution of feminine spiritual authority through yoga and tantra. Uma is currently refining Womb Yoga through a series of international workshops and retreats.