Yoga Wednesdays

Hatha Yoga Pradipika with Patricia Rafferty (Padma Malini dasi)

For the next two blocks of classes we will be examining the classic Yoga manual Hatha Yoga Pradipika to discover what teachings are relevant to our personal yoga practices today. This text outlines various postures, breathing practices, energy locks, kriyas and mudras for success in yoga. As usual the subject will be accessible to all levels and will enable students to:

  • Explore a wide range of postures which allow you to enter into the therapeutic and invigorating experience of Yoga that is accessible to all practitioners. Increase strength and flexibility while releasing tension through foundational poses
  • Gain a practical experience of the immense benefits of conscious breathing and breath control. This timeless element of Yoga brings deep relaxation and allows the mind to become more calm and peaceful
  • Explore various lifestyle choices that can promote increased relaxation and health
  • Regardless of age or physical condition, Yoga can help everyone to feel more relaxed and rejuvenated

Date: Every Wednesday  (22/04/15 – 20/05/15 and 03/06/15 – 15/07/15)
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £8 drop in or £40 for 6 classes (please note payment is by cash only)

For more information, and to get in touch with the teacher, please visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/goshallayoga

Preparation for class:
· You can bring your own mats and blocks, although some are available for general use
· Avoid eating before the class, particularly large meals
· Wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in
· If you have any serious injuries or health conditions, please check with your doctor before attending class and inform the teacher in advance

About Patricia Rafferty

Padma1Patricia began practicing yoga in Northern Ireland in 1991 with Norma Duffield, and received her yoga teacher training qualification from the Yoga Fellowship of Northern Ireland in 2001. After 8 years in an ashrama, she gained an in-depth understanding of yoga philosophy and psychology, mantra meditation, vegetarian cooking and Ayurveda. She has studied with teachers from various yoga traditions including Mira Metha, Ana Forrest, Hamish Hendry and John Scott, and has taught in Northern Ireland, America, India and England, working with people of all ages and levels of practice.
Maintaining a regular practice has allowed Patricia to develop a deep, practical understanding of the therapeutic nature of yoga and the endless ways it can be adapted. She empowers others to experience the healing energy of focused mind, breath and body work within a safe and relaxed environment.