THE IMPERFECT WORKSHOP * DEE EL NAJJAR UK

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DATE: Saturday March 18
TIME: 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
PRICE: $35
REGISTER: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

When I think about embracing my imperfections in the context of a yoga practise, what comes up for me is backbends, arm balances and inversions. These are challenging poses at the best of times and I have battled with myself for so long to try and assume the perfect expression of these challenging asanas. Where my journey took me is to a beautiful space of choosing my imperfect yoga poses because I am imperfect and I have come to feel the true reward in embracing the full expression of my own version of each of these asanas.
Empowered, fired up, and at one with my practise, I have put together this two hour vinyasa yoga class to share with you all the beautiful things that I have discovered. Tricks of the trade and mind tricks to move your practise from a battle with your body to an integration of what your body is able to do with the appropriate warm up and the right set of instructions.
Expect the use of props, partner work, different ways to get into each pose and doing inversions and arm balances with greater mindfulness and ease.
Say goodbye to relying on force and say hello to understanding the magic of your own body.
You will move and inspire yourself in a whole different t way.
I can’t wait to share this journey with you.

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 practise 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 practise and I gradually immersed myself in its many schools. I practised 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 travelled to Bangalore and met incredible yogis, and on my quest to get closer to the source of this intense spiritual practise, I discovered that the source was in fact ME!… I realised 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 practise, 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 practise 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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