Sadhana (Geraldine Duff)

Courses and Retreats run by Sadhanamurti in the Satyananda Yoga / Bihar Yoga style. instructor

Based in
Chertsey, Surrey, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Chertsey and the surrounding areas.
Sadhana (Geraldine Duff) | Courses and Retreats run by Sadhanamurti in the Satyananda Yoga / Bihar Yoga style. instructor

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Qualifications and Affiliations

Accredited Satyananda Yoga Teacher with over 10 years teaching experience
Diploma of Satyananda Teacher Training I & II - Satyananda Yoga Academy, Australia 2003-5
Diploma in Yogic Studies - Bihar School of Yoga, India (Satyananda Yoga) 1999-2000
Member of the Association of Reflexologists, Practitioners School of Reflexology since 1997
Member of the Complemtary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
Reiki I and II in the Usui tradition of Natural Healing, The Centre of Reiki Healing and Training with Reiki Masters since 1997
Indian Head Massage, Complementary Therapy Association (CMA) Registered 1997

Wholistic Health through Yoga

Wholistic health means liberation from physical, emotional and mental tensions, leaving the way clear for spiritual evolution and understanding to flourish. Wholistic health is not a matter of striving because you are already perfect, it is rather a process of removing the obstacles and letting go of accumulated tensions that prevent the true expression of who you are - an amazing being of infinite power, peace, wisdom and love.

The nature of energy is movement. When energy cannot flow due to blockages then tensions arise. Over time if tensions are not released, they accumulate and finally express themselves as physical, mental or emotional imbalance, stress and disease.

I will work with you to enable you to a) identify those blockages b) relieve the symptoms (the bad back, the depression, the anxiety etc.) and c) understand on a deeper level the underlying causes.

Yoga is both a philosophy and a practical, scientific path of practices for easing physical, mental and emotional tensions, expanding awareness and liberating energy for the purposes of healing, creativity and spiritual evolution.

Yoga is non-competitive, it can be practiced by people of every age, ability and physicality. It has no religious component and can be practised alongside any religious beliefs or non beliefs.

The many paths of yoga are all incorporated into Satyananda Yoga to integrate and balance the different aspects of the human personality.

To learn more about Satyananda Yoga and the Saraswati lineage, please follow the link to Satyananda Yoga/Bihar Yoga.

Background

I first came into contact with a Satyananda Yoga teacher in Thailand during a Vipassana retreat in 1997. I wasn't aware of this fact at the time as it was a silent retreat(!) but we subsequently became friends and spent a blissful few weeks on the nearby beach swapping yoga classes for reflexology and reiki sessions. I was so impressed by the authenticity of the yoga practices and the generosity and skill of the teacher; she explained the practices from a place of deep understanding yet allowed the practices to speak for themselves. It created a profound effect on me. It was unlike any other yoga class I had attended.

The following year I undertook the 10 month residential Diploma Course in Yogic Studies at the Bihar School of Yoga (Satyananda Yoga) India, a traditional ashram and gurukul. The academic and practical studies formed part of the curriculum e.g. yoga philosophy, yoga psychology and applied yoga. The other part of the curriculum was living a full time yogic lifestyle and the application of karma yoga and seva to all activities undertaken in an environment which had a very high spiritual vibration. It was an intense and magical year full of joys, challenges and breakthroughs. Travelling though India for a couple of months after the Diploma, I had the deepest sense of feeing 'at home' wherever I went.

After the Diploma course, I began to teach yoga in the UK, and subsequently completed Diplomas I and II in Teacher Training at the Satyananda Yoga Academy, Mangrove, Australia where I lived for 14 months. During this time I also taught classes and assisted teaching on the yogic studies courses. Living and working as part of this spiritual community afforded me a unique opportunity to deepen my own practice and understanding of yoga and it's practical application.

I have been practising Satyananda yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2002. I am currently based in Chertsey having relocated in 2012 from Ealing, West London. I teach courses, private classes and yoga therapy and I teach on yoga and detox retreats. I also work with the elderly and people with progresive neurological conditions who need assistance to live at home and I volunteer as a reflexologist at the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher.

Practice of Yoga leads to an increased awareness, and awareness itself, is the practice. My experience is that when I practice Yoga-Sadhana (yoga as a spiritual practice) the more in control of my life and choices I become, I am more positive, more creative, I have more energy, I am more healthy, life flows and I am in the flow of life, things happen as they should without the struggle which the ego represents, and the more connected I feel to my inner nature and to others.

We all have our mountains to climb, but there is a lot to be said for going through tough times, lessons, mistakes, breakdowns even, with awareness. This has been - and still is at times - my journey! Have you ever noticed how other people's problems seem easier than your own? It's easier somehow to navigate someone elses mountain because you see it from an objective and detatched awareness. This is the key to conquering our own mountains also because it is our own limiting beliefs about who we are that stop us from realising our full potential. I love an adventure and perhaps this is why Yoga appeals to me so much; for me it is the ultimate adventure, journeying inwards to unravel the mysteries of life. Like any good adventure, facing the challenges and obstacles along the way. Mistakes are made, wrong turns, sideways steps, but the mountain is always there, ready to be climbed again once you have dusted yourself off... And it is the journey not the destination that matters.. that one has to be remembered again and again in a world which reinforces that it is the destination that matters!

I feel extremely fortunate for the extraordinary wealth of knowledge and wisdom which continues to be available to me from my teachers in India, Australia and the UK and for the rich spiritual heritage of the Satyananda lineage. I have also greatly benefited and continue to benefit from the wisdom of my students over the years and am grateful for their support and inspiration.

Group Classes

Yoga Therapy Workshop

This course explains in detail the therapeutic effects of yogic practices. In this course you will learn practices to improve and maintain a healthy body and mind, increase strength and flexibility, release tensions, develop mental focus and balance, induce relaxation and much more.

It's a: 
workshop
Venue: 
Chertsey
Location: 
, Surrey, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Saturday 9th November 2013 10:00 to 16:00 Refreshments included
Rates: 
£60

Introduction to the Chakras Workshop

This course goes into the deeper and more subtle aspects of yoga and the mind. The chakras are wheels of energy / energy centres located in the psychic body, which have their physical counterparts along the spinal cord. By increasing awareness of the chakras we are able to identify and release blockages on many levels leading to better physical, mental and emotional health and awakening higher qualities for spiritual evolution.

It's a: 
workshop
Venue: 
Chertsey
Location: 
, Surrey, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Saturday 19th October 2013 10:00 to 16:00 Refreshments included.
Rates: 
£60

Meditation Course

In this course, you will learn and practice several forms of meditation including the most popular part of every Satyananda Yoga class - Yoga Nidra. The classes include prelimary asana and pranayama to prepare the body and mind for meditation.

It's a: 
class
Venue: 
Chertsey Town Centre
Location: 
Chertsey, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Saturdays 15:00-16:15pm Course start date: 31st August 2013
Rates: 
£60 for a 6 week course

Nada Yoga Workshop

Nada means the flow of consciousness. The practice of Nada Yoga expands the awareness using the medium of sound and vibration, enabling the practitioner to experience more subtle levels of being, and expand the capacity for joy and spontanaity. The day will be a mix of theory and lots of practice so you can experience the effects of these wonderful practices for yourself.

It's a: 
workshop
Venue: 
Chertsey Town Centre
Location: 
, Surrey, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Saturday 5th October 10:00-16:00 Refreshments included.
Rates: 
£60

Experience

Accredited Satyananda Yoga and Meditation Teacher

- Accredited Satyananda Yoga Teacher with over 10 years teaching experience
- Diploma of Satyananda Teacher Training I & II - Satyananda Yoga Academy, Australia 2003-5
- Diploma in Yogic Studies - Bihar School of Yoga, India (Satyananda Yoga) 1999-2000
- Member of the Association of Reflexologists, Practitioners School of Reflexology since 1997
- Member of the Complemtary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
- Reiki I and II in the Usui tradition of Natural Healing, The Centre of Reiki Healing and Training with Reiki Masters since 1997
- Indian Head Massage, Complementary Therapy Association (CMA) Registered 1997

Based in Chertsey.

Dates: 
Jan 2001 - Aug 2013

Services

Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


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