A weekend retreat of Nada Yoga and “Bones for Life”
The search for harmony, balance and rhythm, vital for well-being, are the common threads running through this weekend. While Rajesh will be sharing techniques of Nada Yoga, effecting the transition from sound to silence through music, mantra and meditation, Upasana will be focusing on the practices of “Bones for Life”, designed to address the problem of osteoporosis.
Nada Yoga: The resonance produced by our vocal sounds has the potential not only to energise our body and mind, but also to heighten our awareness of the chakras (the inner subtle energy centres).
Nada means sound. It also means vibration, thus incorporating everything from the most seemingly solid to the most intangible; therefore our exploration of Nada must go beyond the limitations of human hearing.
Our journey will be from audible sound to deeper realms of being, just as the chanting of the mantra Om, that perfect symbol of Nada, is followed by the silence from which the manifest universe emanates.
Nada Yoga sessions will include:
• overview of the concept of Nada
• working with mantras
• sound and the chakra paradigm
• exploring conscious deep sleep through Yoga Nidra
• reflecting on the mantra OM through selected verses from the Mandukya Upanishad
• meditation on ‘silence’
“Bones for Life”: This is a program of strengthening bone through natural movement and weight-bearing posture. It is the result of a lifetime of research by Ruthy Alon.
Now in her eighties, Ruthy has worked with NASA, devising exercise regimes to counter the devastating effects on bone of zero-gravity. She has also spent many years analysing the posture and harmonious movement style of women in rural Africa who successfully carry heavy loads on their heads, and who appear to have immunity from osteoporotic fracture. For more information, see www.bonesforlife.com
Our “Bones for Life” sessions will include:
• introducing the background and methodology of Ruthy Alon’s Bones for Life programme
• demonstrating the two main options for the response of the spine to pressure
• exploring safe posture for sustaining the dynamic movements that can build bone
• exploring strategies for promoting uprightness and the body-language of gentle assertion and leadership
• learning from evolutionary patterns of self-mobilization