DEE EL NAJJAR (UK) *She’s back and we love it
SATURDAY APRIL 4 and 11 / 10:00am > 1:00 pm /  Register

We all come together to celebrate and explore the wonderful world of inversions and arm balances. Handstands and Pinchas, koundinyasana and Galavasanas are only but a small example of Yoga Asanas which demonstrate the wonderful things our human body is capable of…

It really doesn’t matter if you can or can’t do arm balances or go upside down. Even if you have never done a single inversion, this workshop is for you as long as you come along with a playful attitude and the courage to give anything a try.

Together we will explore a fun and funky spectrum of yoga poses, mostly balancing on our arms or upside down…Starting from the preparatory stages to the full expression of the pose, there will be options for everyone to explore.
My passion is anatomy and the wonderful physiology of the human body fascinates me, and this is exactly why this workshop has a strong focus on alignment and breaking down the poses to their intricate muscular and skeletal components. Combining movement with the breath, we will face our fears and explore Yoga with an open and brave heart.

The element of surprise is the integration of some Budokon into our practice. With a focus on some of the timeless techniques of Martial Arts, Yoga’s world of inversions will take in a whole new life…

In 2006, I suffered a debilitating knee and shoulder injury caused by years of ice climbing and mountaineering. After a whole year of physiotherapy culminating in traditional medicine’s advise to operate, I decided to take matters into my own hand and opted to change my life instead of going under the knife.
I started to practice Sivananda yoga a few times a week, and soon after, I fell under its therapeutic spell. I didn’t understand the spiritual side of yoga at the time, but I felt a bizarrely mystic power which drew me to this ancient practice and I gradually immersed myself in its many schools. I practiced Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin yoga, Pranayama and meditation.

Eventually, my mat became my haven, my friend, and my safe place away from life’s chaos, not to mention the fact that my body was as good as new and my injuries were completely cured. But it was in this repetitive pattern of stillness and goodness that I started seeing more clearly, I start breathing more freely, and I learned to dedicate time for nurturing myself…This sense of peace and commitment carried through into other parts of my life and saw me through both joyous moments and dark times. Yoga gave me the fortitude and awareness to feel more empowered and less afraid and so in 2011 I decided to start my yoga teacher training journey with a trip to India. I traveled to Bangalore and met incredible yogis, and on my quest to get closer to the source of this intense spiritual practice, I discovered that the source was in fact ME!… I realized that there is no Yoga of the East or of the West, there is only One common experience: “A greater connection with yourself through a constant integration of body and mind”…After many long years of practice, I finally felt Yoga…

So I returned to the UK and embarked on an intensive teacher training program with the British Wheel of Yoga. The BWY is an alignment based school, focused on teaching the tradition’s philosophy with integrity and delving into the practice of Asana from an anatomical view point as well as a focus on alignment.
I will be an everlasting student and will continue to learn about myself and about Yoga every single day.
My wish is to share a mat with as many people as I can because I hope that when we go deep into our physical body and experience what wonders it is capable of, we go deeper into our mind and start seeing wonders in everything around us. We collectively spread the Yoga Love and create a wavelength of peace which will resonate deep within each and every one of us.


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