FROM FEAR TO FREE * WITH DEE EL NAJJAR (UK)

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12 / 10:00 AM > 12:00 PM / Cost $35
Register by email only union2yoga@hotmail.com

Expect to flow playfully in this Vinyasa inspired workshop and cultivate the attitude that nothing is out of reach, most certainly not inversions and arm balances. We break the patterns of mental excuses (all valid but truly unnecessary) which make us shy away from difficult poses: no more “too scary, too hard, too old, not strong enough”, but instead we will aim to give ourselves a chance at a deeper practice while having fun. Practicing yoga is not about assuming the full expression of the pose, but rather to take the long road; which allows for plenty of play along the way.
Whether you are new to yoga or well into your practice, Dee will definitely unleash your inner ninja and help demystify every pose you thought was not for you by making it accessible and helping you understand the principles behind them.

In this workshop, you will enjoy the stillness of meditation, feel the life force of pranayama, experience the challenging flow of vinyasa, the fortitude of asanas, the playfulness of arm balances and inversions, the inner journey of the yoga philosophy, and the beauty of experiencing what it’s like to allow the intelligent use of props and partner work to help us go deeper and further into the pose.

DEE BIO

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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