THIS COMING SUNDAY AT UNION SQUARE YOGA, A YOGA WORKSHOP TO KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH A KICK * DEE EL NAJJAR UK
5:00 pm > 7:00 pm
Yoga is such a special practise of expansion and beauty, but sometimes we get caught up in the web of our own limitations and wage a war against difficult poses… I invite you to join me and find liberation is all the things we cannot do and peace in all the things we can.
Iyenger said “Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life…”
Come join me for a gathering of energy, music, a practise flow with fun and funky transitions but also a deep sense of moving slowly and mindfully, like a carefully choreographed dance.
This is an open level class, for those who like to push a teeny bit past their comfort zones and still find the ability to move with stillness and grace.
There will be plenty of everything for everyone: those who like world the right side up and those addicted to inversions, those who like to balance on their hands and those who prefer their feet.
Salamba sarvangadsna in padmasana, Astavakrasana to Eka Pada Koundinyasana, Ado Mukha Vrksasana to chatursngua dandasana, , Utkatasana to Parva Bakasana…. Sound complicated but it’s not. It’s a series of logical arm balance transitions, which when broken down and cleverly sequenced become accessible to everyone. Patthabi Joyce said “practise and all is coming” and in this workshop, I invite you to plant the seed of practising impressive and challenging poses so that you may embark on a journey of Sadhana (practise) and watch the seed flower into your own personal beautiful practise
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.