Learn the basics of seated meditation. You can use the course as a support for beginning, rebooting or deepening your seated practice at home, or you can simply enjoy the classes as a weekly evening relaxation treat. Birgitte will invite you to embrace meditation as a practice of embodied self-inquiry. You will learn a performance-free approach to meditation that invites you to embody the state you are in and be at peace there. You will get support from a dedicated teacher to:

-Find a comfortable meditation posture that works for you.

-Learn basic techniques that invite your mind to relax into meditation rather than using effort to get there.

-Clarify questions that come up in your practice as it deepens.

-Learn about meditation as a natural baseline for the mind rather than a cultivated skill.

The classes will alternate between guided meditation practices and gentle mindful movement that release unnecessary tension before the next round of sitting. Each class makes room for clarification and dialogue underway, so you can adjust and deepen your practice week after week.

Birgitte is a psychologist, yoga and meditation teacher and brings more than 25 years of seated meditation practice to her work.

Dates: Tuesdays 19.30-21.00 on May 8th, 22nd, 22th and 28th

Price: 750 DKK (all 4 evenings) 

Online booking: here
Treat yourself to a relaxing yoga practice winding you down for the evening. Open Flow Restorative uses soft wave-like movements and supported yoga poses to release unnecessary tension and restore your energy. The classes require no prior experience with yoga and will be taught in Danish or English as required.
 
Price and booking: 250 DKR per class. Get your ticket by paying for one or more classes on Mobile pay: 15296 . Please send a message or email to Birgitte (www.dynamicyoga.dk) when you have paid to let her know you are coming and give her your email to receive practical information and ticket confirmation. You can also pay by bank transfer
 
Time: All classes take place on Mondays 18.30-20.00 on the following dates:
February 5th
March 19th
April 16th
May 28th
 
Place: Classes are taught in Birgittes beautiful yoga room in Sluseholmen, Copenhagen.

We are going again! Get ready for a relaxing yoga holiday in the island of Lesvos, Greece. Practice yoga in one of the most beautiful, well-kept yoga shalas in Europe. Every wooden nail is hammered in with love! Milelja retreat center has been hosting retreats for nearly 30 years in a homely and intimate atmosphere, plunged right in between the deep blue Mediterranean and the rough volcanic mountains. We welcome students of all levels and branches of the yoga family tree. You will be given a carefully sequenced somatic education that takes you straight to the subtle heart of yoga posture practice. This is Birgittes 4th retreat at the popular and classic Milejla Retreat Center.

Our retreat takes place July 5-12th. More information and booking via Bering Rejser. Our travel agent is sitting by the phone and ready to help monday to friday 9.00 and 15.00

Phone: +45 71 99 65 50

Email: mail@beringrejser.dk

 

 

 

 

Program:

Day 1:
Arrival in Milelja. We wil coordinate airport taxi as soon as we know your flight number. Check into Milelja Retreat center from 2pm. Our hosts have a snack ready when you arrive.

Day 2-7
7.40 – 8.00 Morning meditation or pranayama
8.00 – 10.00 Open Flow yoga class
10.00 Vegetarian Brunch Buffet
11.00 – 17.00 Relaxing at the beach/pool or explore the beautiful nature of the island
17.00 – 18.30 Gentle or restorative yoga class (monday we have the afternoon off)
18.30 Dinner on your own in the village of Molyvos (15 minutes walk from the retreatcenter)22.00 Practical silence until the next morning.
Day 8
Departure day:  Breakfast at the retreat center and a last dip in the pool before check out at 10AM. If you are catching an early flight the retreat center makes you a packed breakfast before you go home with a soft, sunwarm yoga body.
Prices from 930 EUR
The price includes:
  • 7 nights in double room (book single room, apartment or deluxe room with our travel agent)
  • Brunch buffet day 2-7
  • All Yoga and meditation classes
  • Snacks and tea available in the kitchen each afternoon.
  • A simple meal or snack on arrival day.
  • Early breakfast or breakfast to go on departure day
  • Transport to and from airport

Not included:

Flyrejse fra Danmark til Lesbos (se under praktisk info)

  • Flight
  • Massage or other treatments at the Milelja clinic
  • Dinners in Molyvos
  • Travel Insurance

The Spiral Vinyasa is a mindfully flowing yoga posture practice supporting you in moving with ease on the yoga ma as well as in daily life. The course teaches you a series of spiraling flows inviting a natural strength and tensional integrity (tensegrity). This organic type of yoga flow is inspired by developmental movements that your body know from the first 13 months of life. Week by week we develop a new embodied orientation your practice, taking you beyond the rectangular square of a yoga mat and into a moving, breathing, feeling world of movement. The spiral vinyasa is a gentle invitation to recover your body´s original strength, mobility and inherent delight. A course with lots of new inspiration if you love yoga in flow.

This 5-week course explores the meditative flow within spiral movements. Open to everyone who have participated in courses, workshops, retreats or yoga teacher training or the spiral vinyasa online course on Yogavivo with Birgitte.

Classes are taught in Danish or English as required.

Time: Mondays 15.15-16.45

Dates: 23. oct., 30.okt, 6.nov, 13.nov, 20.nov

Price: 595

terms and conditions:

Book your space by sending an email to Birgitte: info@birgittegorm.com to make sure there is spaces available. Booking by payment either by Mobile pay number 28892450 or bank transfer to 4310 4400555915

Bookings is valid and binding from the day you make the transfer. Payments cannot be refunded or transferred to later courses or events. If you have booked the full course before august 28th you are entitled to substitute up to two missed classes on Brigitte’s other course running Friday mornings 8.00-9.30 AM

The Spiral Vinyasa is a mindfully flowing yoga posture practice supporting you in moving with ease on the yoga ma as well as in daily life. The course teaches you a series of spiraling flows inviting a natural strength and tensional integrity (tensegrity). This organic type of yoga flow is inspired by developmental movements that your body know from the first 13 months of life. Week by week we develop a new embodied orientation your practice, taking you beyond the rectangular square of a yoga mat and into a moving, breathing, feeling world of movement. The spiral vinyasa is a gentle invitation to recover your body´s original strength, mobility and inherent delight. A course with lots of new inspiration if you love yoga in flow.

The course is taught in Danish or English as required. It consists of three parts that can be booked individually or together as you see fit.

Time: Mondays 15.15-16.45

Spiral Vinyasa level 1:

4-week course playing with the spirals i a continouus vinyasa flow. Open to all who like flow based yoga or other flowing movement and want to learn more.

Dates: 18.sept, 25.sept., 2.okt., 9.oct

Price: 485

Terms and conditions:

Book your space by sending an email to Birgitte: info@birgittegorm.com to make sure there is spaces available. Booking by payment either by Mobile pay number 28892450 or bank transfer to 4310 4400555915

Bookings is valid and binding from the day you make the transfer. Payments cannot be refunded or transferred to later courses or events. If you have booked the full course before august 28th you are entitled to substitute up to two missed classes on Brigitte’s other course running Friday mornings 8.00-9.30 AM

Birgitte is joining the Nia Yoga Dance Festival in Gothenburg on saturday with two workshops.

See the full program here

Yoga runs through human history like a river meandering through changing landscapes. Shaping and shaped by the curves of human bodies and  societies, yoga is always in continuous variation.

The yoga I teach today is very different from the practice i was given by my teachers who in turn radically tweaked and transformed what they received from the previous generation. It can come as no surprise then, that the yoga available to us today probably looks nothing like that of the ancient sages we read about in classical texts.

How could it?

Yoga does not transmit itself from body to body by way of sameness and stability. It survives and thrives by difference and repetition. Subtle variation and spontaneous emergence is how the yoga river runs through it all. Still, something seems to remain: An embodied mode of self-enquiry that strangely resonates with experiences described by men and women sitting in caves centuries before our time.

Yoga is never the same, yet yoga is always yoga. (Welcome to paradox!)

The past few years, the river of modern postural yoga seems to be taking a new turn. European pioneers like Angela Farmer, Godfrey Devereux and Vanda Scaravelli spark this movement with explorations of a softer, more internalized and radically free-flowing approach to asana.

Standing on their shoulders, we are now witnessing the beginning of what could be the biggest transformation in modern postural yoga since the 1930ies. All over the world teachers are beginning to challenge the old paradigm of straight lines, intense stretching and static posturing.

At the fringe of this new wave in yoga posture practice are approaches working with sensation-based movement, balanced muscular support, tensional integrity and open-ended or chaos-like flows.

Several societal changes and influences from outside the yoga community have also playe their role in the changes we are seeing now. Where the yogis of the 1900´s got new inspiration from the hierarchical order of monastic spirituality, western gymnastics and military organizations, yoga teachers today are inspired to form new social organizations based on a taste for fee enquiry, collective exploration and a global need for responsible leadership.

Another major influence in the new asana-paradigm is recent discoveries in human anatomy. Especially the science on fascia – part of the connective tissue – has changed our perception on how human bodies move and thrive. Another strong influence is childhood developmental movements like yielding, crawling, rolling and spiraling, which seem to gain more traction in modern yoga classes due to their healing and integrating potential for human bodies. Lastly, the popularization of mindfulness has fronted the internalized and meditative aspect of yoga posture practice even more.

As any new wave, these new approaches to modern postural yoga will have to stand the test of time. I for one am excited to see where this is going. It is a pleasure to share so much dedication with my colleagues at home and abroad. It seems so many of us are exploring new frontiers. The driver seems to be a collective desire to create a safe and nourishing yoga posture practice that fit the needs of modern life.

To celebrate the creative transmission of yoga, I’ve created two new courses starting this autumn. Both address themes arising are at frontier of modern yoga right now.

The first is a course called the spiral vinyasa, using developmental movement, tensegrity principles and bringing circular movements and spiral flows. Here we explore new orientations beyond the normal yoga division of the body into front/back and sagittal plane. This course is taught in English if required.

The second course is “open flow yoga” and will be taught in Danish. Here we explore meditative and continuous movement, experimenting with letting movement patterns arise spontaneously from wisdom of the body. The course draws inspiration from from continuum movement and fascial flow. Wheras the spiral vinyasa feels more energizing and muscular, open flow yoga is a more meditative and calming practice.

Life as a yoga teacher is a welcome to paradox: Our glowing passion for yoga can burn us out, our connection with students can leave us feeling lonely and isolated, our spiritual call to unity takes place within a highly divided and competitive market space and our skills in empowering our students can become a power-trip in itself.

This 50-hour course is for the trained yoga teacher who want to inquire deeper into psychological and social dynamics around their work. We will explore the psychology behind your role as a yoga teacher as well as the power dynamics entailed in taking on this role. Our focus is the teacher/student relationship and how it plays out in your own relationship to the people you teach and train with. A typical day involves:

1) A talk addressing psychological and historical aspects affecting modern yoga communities

2) A group enquiry using the Big Mind process to access the drives, resources and shadows that can support you in becoming more helpful to your students

3) Short yoga posture practices, meditations or group exercises integrating, digesting and operationalizing what we learned during the day.

The training gives you tools to navigate with integrity from your own inner compass rather than receiving an expert guideline for how you should act as a teacher. The training is mainly process-work meaning we will be working with your lived experience with taking on the role of the yoga teacher and discuss the dynamics that you are currently puzzled by or need support to navigate. Our group enquiry will address the following themes:

-The teacher/student relationship as it plays out in your life

-Healthy boundaries at work

-Power, hierarchy and cult-logic: The psychology of shadows in yoga

-Your own shadows and what they can teach you

-Navigating competition and the spiritual marketplace.

-Group dynamics in your teaching.

-Loneliness, working life and creating networks of peer support.

 

This training is limited to 10 people.

Dates 2018: July 21 at 15.00 to July 28. At 15.00.

Place: Metropolis Yoga is one of Copenhagen’s most beautiful yoga venues, situated at the Copenhagen water front only a 10 minute drive from the central station and 15 minutes from Copenhagen airport. The area is famous for its canals and architecture and has an ocean swimming facility and green areas around the corner. You can bring your own food and eat in the kitchen or the balcony or go out for lunch in one of the local café´s. Accomodation is not provided at the yoga room but there are lots of hotel, airbnd and

Price: 1136EUR, 8.499 DKR. 1297 USD covers the teaching fee, tea and snacks.

Application: Write to info@birgittegorm.com with a short statement about:

  • Your yoga teacher training
  • Other relevant education in use in your current work
  • How long you have been teaching
  • A list of the kinds of teaching you offer and for whom
  • Your aspirations and motivation to join his training
  • Any history of psychological or neurological challenges

About Birgitte:

Birgitte have been teaching yoga for 15 years, and have been practicing yoga and meditation for more than two decades. She has an MA in social Psychology from the University of Copenhagen and PhD in management from the Copenhagen Business School. Birgitte is trained as a process consultant using systemic and narrative frameworks and has been training in Big Mind facilitation since 2013 with her Zen teacher Genpo Roshi, currently on the advanced training program. She has taught, assisted and worked as an external examinatior in several yoga teacher training programs and have been teaching workshops for yoga teachers for more than a decade. With extensive teaching experience from universities, yoga studios and retreat centres, she communicates with ease and joy in both English and Danish. Throughout her career as a yoga teacher Birgitte has been at the front line of experimental and sensation-based approaches to yoga posture practice and have paved the way for a generation of Scandinavian yoga teachers who dare to think out of the box.

Booking, terms and conditions:

When you have been accepted to the program you reserve your space by paying a 30% non-refundable deposit. The deposit secures your booking until 3 months prior to the training. The remaining amount is due by May 21. It is not possible to transfer your booking to later events, nor will your payment be refunded if you cancel after may 21st. You are however free to sell your space to another qualified yoga teacher or offer it to someone on waiting list if you make other plans, provided that Birgitte has been consulted about this. Birgitte will of course refund the full amount in the unlikely event of her cancelling the training. There is no exam in this course since our focus lies on self-enquiry and processual work rather than dissemination of knowledge. You will receive a course diploma documenting your full and active participation in all course days.

 

The Spiral Vinyasa is a mindfully flowing yoga posture practice supporting you in moving with ease on the yoga ma as well as in daily life. The course teaches you a series of spiraling flows inviting a natural strength and tensional integrity (tensegrity). This organic type of yoga flow is inspired by developmental movements that your body know from the first 13 months of life. Week by week we develop a new embodied orientation your practice, taking you beyond the rectangular square of a yoga mat and into a moving, breathing, feeling world of movement. The spiral vinyasa is a gentle invitation to recover your body´s original strength, mobility and inherent delight. A course with lots of new inspiration if you love yoga in flow.

The course is taught in Danish or English as required. It consists of three parts that can be booked individually or together as you see fit.

Time: Mondays 15.15-16.45

Price for full course booked before august 28th: 1275 DKR

Intro: Moving in spirals:

Three classs introducing the building blocks of basic spiral movements. Open to all.

Dates: 28. August, 4, September and 11. September

Price: 385 kr.

Spiral Vinyasa level 1:

4-week course playing with the spirals i a continouus vinyasa flow. Open to all who like flow based yoga or other flowing movement and want to learn more.

Dates: 18.sept, 25.sept., 2.okt., 9.oct

Price: 485

Spiral Vinyasa level 2:

This 5-week course explores the meditative flow within spiral movements. Open to everyone who have participated in courses, workshops, retreats or yoga teacher training or the spiral vinyasa online course on Yogavivo with Birgitte

Dates: 23. oct., 30.okt, 6.nov, 13.nov, 20.nov

Price: 595

terms and conditions:

Book your space by sending an email to Birgitte: info@birgittegorm.com to make sure there is spaces available. Booking by payment either by Mobile pay number 28892450 or bank transfer to 4310 4400555915

Bookings is valid and binding from the day you make the transfer. Payments cannot be refunded or transferred to later courses or events. If you have booked the full course before august 28th you are entitled to substitute up to two missed classes on Brigitte’s other course running Friday mornings 8.00-9.30 AM

Yoga philosophy in practice: A workshop using Big Mindbirgitte

Contemplation Corner

Saturday  10:00 – 11:00

The deep wisdom of yoga philosophy is not just something we find in books. It is a living and dynamic practice accessible to any human being wanting to enquire into their own nature. Birgitte facilitates a yoga philosophical enquiry using the Big Mind Process. By speaking to different aspects of ourselves, we tap into the unbounded love and wisdom within. A dialogue-based eye-opener for everyone interested in yoga as self enquiry.

Spiral Vinyasa (master class)

Grand Gathering

Sunday 12:30 – 14:30

Fascia work is becoming an undeniable “new black” in the international yoga community. New focus on connective tissue, tensional integrity and elastic recoil are challenging old yoga paradigms. This workshop focuses on the spiral flow: A new form of vinyasa unwinding your body in circular movements and baby-like spinal rotations. Get ready for a playful and pleasure driven class with lots of new inspiration.

A day of exploring new, delicious movements in your practice. The practice of yoga is in continuous variation, like water running through the cracks and curves of a landscape. At the fringe of  present reinventions in modern postural yoga we find approaches working with sensation-based movement and open-ended, unstructured flows. This workshop is an embodied enquiry into feeling and following internal movements arising from the wisdom of your own body and exploring yoga postures as natural extensions of the impulse to move towards delight. Birgitte will introduce movements such as wave-like undulations, rhythmic oscillations and slow-motion chaotic fluctuations and help you explore their different impacts in your body and your practice. The workshop begins with a series of movement-experiments, using the open flow technique of “myofascial unwinding” to find, feel and follow natural flows in your body. The second half of the workshop takes place as a collective dive into a continuous movement meditation. The workshop is inspired by old yoga pioneers and informed by new perspectives on human anatomy. It thus stands on the solid shoulders of modern postural yoga while curiously questioning it´s mainstream paradigm of straight lines, static postures and intense stretching.
To ensure quality of the teaching the workshop is limited to 10 people. The workshop is open to all.

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Time:

10.30-13.00: Workshop about 3 types of movement: The class will alternate between guided flows, demonstration and practical clarification.

14.00-16.30: Guidet class using 3 types of movement in a continouus open flow movement meditation.

Praksisk: Full program is recommended if you want a deeper understanding of the techniques and their effects in your own practice. If you dont have time for a full day treat, its perfectly fine to do just one class, either morning or afternoon. We have a one-hour lunch break between 13.00 and 14.00. You can buy food in the local cafes or bring your own and eat in the tea kitchen or on the balcony. The yoga room has all equipment and is open 15 minutes before each class. If you want to go for a swim in the newly opened sea swimming facility next door, bring bathing suit and towel.

Pris: All day 495 DKR, single class 295 DKR.

Booking: Write to info@dynamicyoga.dk and book by bank transfer. If you have a Danish bank account you can Mobile Pay to 28892450. Your booking is valid and binding from the day you make the transfer. We give no refund if you cancel but you are free to sell your space to a friend (like you would with a concert ticket).

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Tune into embodied presence with a day and a half of sensitive, flowing yoga in one of Copenhagens most beautiful yoga venues. The workshop i situated at the Copenhagen water front only a 10 minute drive from the central station and 15 mnutes from Copenhagen airport. The area is famous for its beautiful canals, architecture and offers a green nature walks while being in close proximity to the city centre. You can have lunch in one of the cafes in the area or bring your own food. The theme of the workshop is spiralling flows, which we will approach differently in each of the three yoga classes.

One of the fundamental  building blocks of human movements, the spiral momentum forms a cornerstone in most organic life forms and can even be traced in inorganic matter such as galaxies, whirlpools and hurricanes. The spiral vinyasa is a yoga posture practice honouring the natural movement patterns of the human body. It supports integrity in yoga your practice as well as in everyday movement. In the workshop we play with spiral transitions between yoga postures and explore new approaces to rotations and twists in yoga. The workshop invites a balanced, natural strength and mobility and explores new embodied orientations in your practice. During the workshop we will also discuss the importance of balanced, tensional integrity (tensegrity) through muscular activity in yoga posture practice.

The workshop will be taught in English or Danish as required. Open to all.

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Time:

Saturday 10-13.00: Basic moves: Workshop class with exploration and dialogue

Saturday 14.30-17.00: Myofascial unwinding: Slow, soft yoga class

Sunday 10-13.00: The Spiral Vinyasa: Putting it all together in a balanced, energizing flow

Price: 895 DKR.

Booking: Write to info@dynamicyoga.dk and book by bank transfer. If you have a Danish bank account you can Mobile Pay to 28892450. Your booking is valid and binding from the day you make the transfer. We give no refund if you cancel but you are free to sell your space to a friend (like you would with a concert ticket)

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Fascia are the thin elastic tissues that envelop every part of your body into an interconnected whole.  For the last two decades, yogis have approached fascial release mainly through long passive stretching or applying static pressure with balls and foam rollers.  Recently, however, we are seeing a global wave of new approaches working with fascia through slow, subtle movements, muscular action and unstructured flows. Fascia work is becoming an undeniable “new black” in the international yoga community.

Birgitte will guide you through a softly flowing practice where movement arise out of deeply felt sensation. The practice awakens a more supple form of strength and flexibility similar to the kind you see in little babies. We will explore moving in ways that challenge your habituated patterns of neatly aligned yoga postures and allow you to tap into the creative repertoire of your very own body. The class alternates between structured movement-enquiries done together and slow open flows that invite you to explore your own internal experience of the body.

Birgitte is there to facilitate the wisdom of your feeling body so you can hear its gentle messages more clearly. Therefore, the workshop will be experience based, meaning 100% practice and 0% theory! Birgitte is happy to discuss theoretical implications and yoga anatomy after the workshop but will not get you in your head while you are working on the yoga mat.

Price: 350 kr.

Booking: studion@studiofrid.se

To most of us, yoga is about being awake, mindful and aware. However, a certain measure of mindlessness seems to be vital as a form of counter pose in modern yoga, one we often resist going into. What function does the unawakened have in yoga? Blog post for Supersoul yoga on the overlooked practice of “dropping off” into unconcious modes of presence. Read the whole piece here

A few highlights:

“most of us carry a deep conviction that sleeping on the yoga mat or the meditation cushion is a problem. I see this when we blush and make jokes about snoring in savasana, express guilt about dozing off during guided meditation and apologize for oversleeping. Even when deep rest is neccessary, we are somewhat uncomfortable with it. This is, to me, a sign that our practice coming up against some deeply rooted patterns. Which means its working! Underneath the flustered jokes about sleep and unawareness in yoga, I hear a much deeper set of questions being asked: Am I a still welcomed by the community if I don’t comply with the norm? Is it ok for me to relax and enjoy this moment? On a deeper level we seem to also be asking: Do I still exist when others don’t recognize my presence? Do I still exist when I myself am not consciously aware of my own presence? When I am “gone”, what or who is experiencing this? Now those are good questions! Questions I think we cannot begin to answer unless we get really comfortable with mindlessness.”

“States of deep sleep, orgasm or daydreaming are some of the rare breathing spaces in our culture where it´s still socially acceptable to be “gone”. But air holes are closing and we are more often left with more stressful expressions for unawakened states of mind. Alcohol, recreational drugs, endless TV-series, Facebook scrolling, road rage, involuntarily napping in all the wrong places and chronic fatigue may be expressions of mindlessness disowned. It is perhaps no coincidence that our global consciousness-revolution coincides with a time in history where more human beings suffer from insomnia than ever.”

A sweet, nourishing beginning of your holiday.  Our Christmas day flow invites you to feel and honour what is here. We will be exploring the area around ribcage, shoulders, breath and heart with sensitive and subtle movements inspired by Fascial Flow. Little structured sequences awaken your sensitivity and longer open flows allow you to deepen your enquiry into following the wisdom of your own body. The class lands in a long relaxation and seated meditation. After the practice we dedicate the last 15 minutes to share with each other over a warm drink.

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Price: 299DKR

Booking: Mobile pay 28892450 or bank transfer. Send an email to info@dynamicyoga.dk when you pay so we can confirm your registration

Time: 9.30-11.30

Place: Metropolis Yoga Shala

Max number of participants: 12

A post written for Super Soul Yoga

If you have practiced yoga more than once, you may already have experienced what we could call its cyclical aspect. You return to a pose, to a breath, to a sensation knowing you have been here before, yet this time it feels slightly different.
If we scale that up to a few more years or decades, the cyclical aspect of your practice becomes even more apparent.

A long-term cycle could go something like this: First, something awakens your interest and you go into playful exploration. Then you (often more or less subconsciously) commit yourself to an idea of what yoga is really about. You devote yourself to a routine, a system, a group, a community or a teacher. Then, you plow that furrow deeper and deeper until one day you are stuck. Then, you hang there, like a spider’s web in a windless night, open, vulnerable, empty. When you let go, it all begins again. Awaken, explore, commit, get stuck, empty, let go, awaken.

Depending on where we are in a cycle like that, we express different takes on spiritual practice with glorious conviction. For some of us, yoga is all about awakening. For others, true spiritual inquiry equals exploration and any system of teaching yoga seems like an appropriation of the very freedom that yoga has to offer. In contrast, others will say that yoga in nothing without devotion to a teacher, a lineage, or a method. Others again will insist that yoga is always and only a practice of openness and letting go into the empty void.

We all have our preferences. But, hold on to one for long enough and it will eventually slip through your fingers. A preference may even flip into its opposite. What felt right will suddenly feel all wrong. What felt free and playful will suddenly feel confined. Stick to yoga for long enough, and you will change your mind. It’s a humbling process, it can look inconsistent and crazy but that’s perhaps just how it goes.

Seeing clearly where we are in the cycle is tricky. For example, I can be deeply convinced of my “stuckness” and not see that I´m deep in transformation. I can claim my devotion to a teacher and not see my resistance to being taught. I can be identified with free exploration outside any system or “church” and not realize that this idea has itself become my new religion (a church of no church). I can cling to the emptiness of the windless night as if there was something to grasp. I can hold on to letting go. Only in hindsight do we see our position.

Our friends, family and loved ones often can, though. They laugh their butt off when they hear us preach our latest truth like it was the first and only. Many conflicts over spiritual beliefs could be avoided if we learned how to listen to our loved ones; if we learned how to laugh a little at our own ideas.

Because, in the bigger picture, any fresh, newborn form of spiritual exploration will eventually settle into structure and hierarchy. And any structure will eventually dissolve in order to make space for the next windless night and letting go.
In the span of centuries and millennia, the unstoppable transformation gives birth and death to spiritual practice systems. It fuels the transformation of a human life. A cycle can complete itself at micro-scale in a single day. You can see its loop at the return of every exhale. Slow or fast, big or small, it takes more than a few rounds for us to soften around the edges. To be ok with watching our most brilliant ideas dissolve. To engage curiously with other people’s ideas even when they don´t match our own. If yoga moves in circles, each round extends a deeper invitation to love the people around you wherever they are. Chances are you will be going there next.
(And yes, the concept of cycles is just another idea).

If you are considering Ateekas workshop in november or her Yoga Somatics teacher training in 2017-18 here is your chance to meet with her in person and get a feeling for her way of teaching. On saturday 27th at 13.15 we have organized an informal meeting in connection with the Copenhagen Yoga Festival. The meeting is open to all and does not require a ticket to the festival.

Where and when? We meet on saturday August 27th in front of the Yogavivo tent where birgitte ends a class on 13.15. If you can´t find us, call or text Birgitte on +45 26169309. Depending on the weather we will find a good place to sit down and talk.

If you have tickets to the festival workshops, Ateeka will be teaching two classes on saturday that we encourage you to check out. See Ateekas festival program here

See you at the Copenhagen Yoga Festival

 

Four, gentle flow-based yoga classes with Birgitte at the water front. To support the local Community at Sydhavnen, these classes are donation-based. We recommend a minimum of 49 kroner per class but feel free to pay a little more or less depending on your income.

Time: wedensdays 17.15-18.45 on the following dates: August 17th, 24th and 31th, September 7th

We meet at Ben Websters Vej, on the board walk that runs along the waterfront close to the swimming facility and Metropolis (havnebadet). Drop in and join the classes without registration.  Bring yoga mat and clothes that keep you warm also during passive relaxation or meditation.

Class in English if required. Class cancelled only in case of seriously bad weather.

Donation: 49 kroner per class. Mobile Pay 28892450, cash or electronic bank transfer upon arrival. Please show up 10 minutes early to book your space and roll out your mat.

Time: wedensdays 17.15-18.45 on the following dates: August 17th, 24th and 31th, September 7th

Big Mind Meditation
Place: Contemplation Corner
Time: Friday 16:15 – 17:15
Tickets here

Fascial Flow Yoga (free class, no ticket needed)
(In Danish)
Place: Yogavivo tent
Time: Saturday 11:30 – 13:00

Free the Flow
Place: Pulsation Point
Time: Sunday 15:30 – 17:00
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About the festival: http://www.copenhagenyogafestival.dk/en/

We are happy to welcome a Ateeka back in Copenhagen for a workshop introducing YogaSOMATICS – a contemporary perspective on yoga that is immediate, fluid, experiential and infused with a tantric attitude. We suspect this stuff is going to rock modern yoga as we know it! Book your space now via Mobile Pay 28892450 The workshop is open to all.

Saturday: 9.30-18.00 (lunch break 12.30-14.30)
Sunday: 9.30-13.30
Price: 1400 DKR
Booking: Mobile Pay 28892450
Place: Copenhagen, address TBA

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YogaSOMATICS: Freedom & Containment

The instinct for freedom beats deeply in the heart of every yogi and yogini.

The longing for containment and connection pulses within every living being.

This workshop is a practical and poetic introduction to how energy naturally moves and flows in your own living body, and offers introspective practices for embodiment, grounding and centering for wellbeing.

Through movement, yoga asana, breathing and relaxation techniques, we will explore:

-How the energetic system of the body forms chakras, meridians and other energetic channels that contribute to how our bodies take shape and form, and also trans-form.
-Inner exercises for circulating “prana” (vital life force energy) towards your root, hara, heart and crown.
-Asana and somatic movements for bringing awareness to the entire spine and enhancing awareness of its own natural energetic currents and fluid tides.
-The life movements of involution and expansion and the yoga asanas that facilitate resiliency in the flux and flow of life.
-Deep relaxation and healing breathing practices that attune your awareness towards the movements of your energetic body.
-A practice of myofascial unwinding that softly and gently helps to restore your myofascial/connective tissue to a state of healthy natural resiliency.   You will learn how myofascial unwinding can be an useful preparation for more advanced yoga asanas.

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Terms and conditions:
Booking is based on a first-come-first-serve-principle.  It is not possible to reserve space without payment. Booking is valid and binding from the day payment is recieved, no refund is given in case of cancellation from workshop participants. In the unlikly event of Ateeka cancelling, full refund will be given to everyone who payd for the workshop. Participants are free to sell their ticket onwards to another party if they can´t make it to the workshop. If there is a waiting list for the workshop the organizers can offer to sell the space to anybody on waiting list but with no guarentee of sucess.

Join us for a week in the beautiful mountains of Portugal. Birgitte will teach a yoga retreat supporting a somatic self-inquiry on your mat with slow, deep posture flows, sensitive and natural breath release and sweet bedtime meditations.
The yoga posture practice is based on continuous movements that gradually deepen your sensitivity to sensation and invite you to listen to the teacher within. Morning classes begin with a seated pranayama practice and transitions into a soft vinyasa flow teaching balanced muscular activity to support your joints while strengthening and mobilizing the whole of your body. Afternoons offer a more quiet and meditative flow releasing connective tissue and nervous system.
Two evenings we will play with the Big Mind process inviting you to collectively reflect and work with what comes up in your practice during the retreat. Big Mind was developed by Zen Master Genpo Roshi and takes place as a dialogue between the facilitator and the group. The Big Mind work allows you to tap into the wisdom within by giving voice to undiscovered aspects of the self.

 

Includes:
All food, accommodation and facilities
Transport to and from Oleiros
Guided silent morning walks in the forest
6 Morning Yoga and Pranayama Classes
3 Afternoon classes clarifying techniques, releasing connective and balancing nervous system.
4 bedtime meditations
2 big mind sessions
Half hour private health consultation
One hour Body Harmonising massage – Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
Additional treatments available from our therapists for 75€ per 90 minutes

Online Reservations: valedemoses.com

Contact Yoga at Moses for booking, prices and all practical questions

Phone: +351 272 634006

Email: andrew@valedemoses.com

They say that when the student is ready, the master appears. I don´t know about that. Really. I was never into the guru-thing. But when I walked into a Café in Copenhagen on a rainy day in 2013 it did feel like the old man sitting in the back of the room was expecting me.

It was not the first time I had seen that face. For about two months, I had repeatedly mistaken people on the street for a guy that looked the same. I knew that face. I had seen it in the cover of a book my yoga teacher Godfrey used to have lying around at his retreats. It was written by a Zen master named Genpo Roshi.

GenpoRoshi21 genpo teaching old daysroshi As far as I was concerned back when i first heard of him, Genpo was a bit of a spiritual “rock star”. I saw him as this world famous zen master (infamous for breaking basically every rule in the book of how to teach zen). Spiritual hype around superstar teachers had always put me off, so despite lots of warm recommendations and curiosity I never went to any of his retreats in Europe. But that summer, I was seeing Genpo´s face in every face that had the slightest resemblance. For no particular reason. Sitting on the bus, walking in the streets, I would catch a glimpse of a person and think: “That guy really looks like Genpo Roshi”. I wondered what this sudden interest of mine was about. I started to check out his stuff on You Tube.

On that particular day i was on my way home when it started to rain like crazy. I left my bike where it was and decided to wait in the nearest café. This old man in the back wearing a baseball cap looked up as I walked in, we made eye contact and he smiled as if he recognized me and had been waiting for me to arrive. I stared and stared. What went through my head was that now I had officially gone completely insane. That guy over there really, really looked like Genpo Roshi! It was a bit awkward to just stand there and stare at a complete stranger, so I turned my back and sat down with the firm intent to ignore this crazy projection of mine. I knew he lived in the States, there was no way he could be drinking Coffee in Vesterbro. I heard the man pick up his phone. The voice was unmistakable that same one I had heard on You Tube. This was the weirdest coincidence.

genpo portrait“Excuse me, aren´t you Genpo Roshi?” I said after he had finished his call. He laughed and confirmed. It seemed that just as i had walked in, he had confused me with a Danish friend he was expecting. Hence the greeting smile and the mutual stare. We found out I knew his friend, she lives next door to the cafe, we have the same coat.

We only talked for about 10 minutes. I was struck by how different he was, compared to the Zen rock star type I had seen on YouTube. Like all the spiritual  “glam” had evaporated and all that was left was this extremely relaxed, sweet elderly man drinking his coffee in jeans and t-shirt. He seemed to me so completely ordinary that I wondered how I even managed to recognize him.

I walked most of the way home smiling like a complete idiot. A few blocks down from the café I began to giggle. Everything just seemed ridiculously funny for no particular reason. People were staring. I found that even more comical. I had to control myself to not laugh out loud all the way home.

IMG_2397IMG_24112015-01-16 18.15.36IMG_2401That nsalt lake oct 2014ight I dreamt that I was with a group of people out in bars. We were all at different ages and all students of Genpo. We had known each other for many years. Our teacher was around somewhere in the background, but the dream was more about the group of friends. We didn´t need to talk much, we joked around a little, danced, shared food and drinks  and moved between bars, some left, others joined in along the way.

The dream seemed to last all night and ended at an empty beach at dawn. I was alone as the sun came up over the horizon, I stared and stared into its light and had the thought: “the sun is pure and unconditional love, how to I become one with it?” The question “How to you become one with it?” kept repeating in my head. How? How? How? This loud, uncontrollable laughter came over me. How funny! I laughed and laughed, it sounded like I had gone insane! That just made me laugh even more. I looked down and realized the laughter had made a crack in my breast bone. Bright rays of sunlight was beaming out through my chest. I found it so absurdly funny that i had been wanting to become one with the sun. What an insane idea! If was so ridiculously funny that I had imagined the sun to be out there, separate from what I am. It just seemed so silly that I could not stop laughing at the stupidity of my delusion. The breastbone opened and the sun came out from everywhere in my body.  Everything became bright, warm morning sun. I woke up laughing hysterically as if someone had told me a joke.

18kt8uwn4uitvjpgAfter that dream, I figured it was probably a good idea to have another cup of coffee with this Genpo-guy. He had offered to meet me again while he was still in town.

When we met a few days later, there was really not much to say. I remember asking him about his teaching method. He showed me a bit of a dialogue process called Big Mind. It took place as kind of an interview conversation. He asked me some questions and I would answer them, simple. I remember a series of questions ending with me going very quiet, staring at my café latte forever. After a vacuum of undistinguishable time, I looked up and out the window. I saw everything as if it was the first time. As if I never had seen cars, roads, clouds, birds and pedestrians before in my life. Up until that day, I only remember experiencing the world like that after many days of disciplined seated meditation on silent retreat far away from civilization. But here I was having that same klind of experience in the middle of a busy cafe. Everything felt so distinctly alive and real. The sensation of sitting on a chair, the noise of a cappuccino in the making, the faint sound of a guitar solo on the radio, the taste of my coffee, still warm, a car going by, a flock of birds taking off. I knew the names of all these things, I knew what a café was, I knew what a car was for, I knew the name of the man sitting on the opposite side of the table. Yet it felt like I had never seen any of this before. Like I had no idea how the world works or what name to give all these things. It was great! I was smiling. The man on the other side of the table was smiling too. We ordered another cup of coffee. Like it was no big deal. Because it wasn´t.

The rest was a no brainer. That man at the table was my teacher. Since 2013 I have been an active student with Genpo, both in Europe and in the states. I feel very privileged to have him as my mentor and to have the opportunity to study with him. The practice and training still makes me laugh out loud on a regular basis. Sometimes it makes me cry too. Sometimes at the same time. But most days, it makes me feel a deep, quiet appreciation for life. Appreciation for my family, for all my relations, for all the new friends I have made around the world, for all the teaching I received in the past, for my job, my house, my everyday routine, for the feeling, living body, for every breath, every moment. I wouldn’t want to miss a heartbeat.

IMG_23422015-01-29 16.29.39IMG_23452016-03-27 11.22.40genpo and dogIn 2015 I finished the three basic training modules in Big Mind facilitation. I´ll be continuing to deepen my studies with an advanced training in 2016. I´ve been practicing Big Mind facilitation skills with private student’s one on one, in small groups and on a few retreats for the past two years. At this point I feel ready to offer the Big Mind process as on a regular basis in my work as a yoga teacher.

Yoga is Yoga, Big Mind is something else. We sit in chairs and talk. It can be done one on one or in groups. Sometimes we go into spontaneous meditation, sometimes its mostly conversation. It´s mainly about intimacy and appreciation for all aspects of ourselves. Looking within and finding the hidden resources in our shadows, our light and that which includes and transcends both. It is stuctured as a free-flowing interview with the aspects of ourselves that we have disowned (because we have learned to think they are “bad” or because we think they are too “good” to be us). Some will recognize elements of the structure from psychotherapy (Mainly Voice Dialogue). But Big Mind is in its nature not a method of self-developement or therapy. Rather its a method for just looking at our own nature and our relations to other beings, not looking for anything in particular.  Big Mind does not have any agendas for how you should turn out as a person. It self-enquiry, not self-developement. In this sense it does have something in common with the yoga tradition. Both are about deepening our intimacy with what is. The role of the facilitator is to acces whatever wisdom we all carry within, not to add anything new to what we are. The process is sensitive, honest and spontaneous. It is about honoring whatever comes up in the moment. A respectful step by step enquiry into our own nature.

If this has spurred your interest, you have the opportunity to hear it directly from the horse’s mouth in a few weeks. Genpo Roshi is in Denmark a little while longer. He is teaching a very affordable weekend workshop on April 16-17th and a small evening event on April 20th in Copenhagen. You can check out all his events and trainings at bigmind.org.

I will be giving an introductory workshop in Big Mind process on June 1st and a full day yoga and Big Mind workshop on June 12th . I hope you will find it as fruitful as I have.

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We now welcome applications for our 10 module teacher training and mentorship program with Ateeka in Copenhagen. The training is 250 hours including mentoring program- Training begins in March 2017 and ends November 2018.Weekend modules begin and end a the following times:
Friday 10 – 17
Saturday 10 – 17
Sunday 10 – 14:30The last module in 2018 will be a retreat in italy.

See the FULL PROGRAM DETAILS PDF

This training and mentorship program will enrich your own yoga/movement practice and give you a new foundation and set of somatic practitioner skills for teaching yoga to others, or the bring a somatic perspective into health care and holistic therapeutic settings.You will learn deep integrative therapeutic techniques and meditative practices to help reduce stress, shift neuro-emotional/psycho-somatic patterns, awaken deep body consciousness, cultivate health, vitality and balance.  You will learn effective mind-body connection practices for re-appropriating, grounding, circulating and utilizing life energy (prana).  When life energy is flowing and balanced, one can access a vast potential for a healthy body, emotional equilibrium, mental clarity and deeper understanding of life process.

This training is an opportunity to bring depth to your experience of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements in your life, and how to share this with students and clients.

All modules include deep investigation into asana, movement, breath, sound, contact, embodied and energetic anatomy, collective symbols & archetypes, yoga philosophy from a somatic perspective.  All modules include explorations made individually, in partners and with hands-on contact.

Please see detailed PDF document for full module program and content / practical details.

Simply by participating in this course, you will investigate how we can sensitively perceive and respond to others. The somatic communication skills learned in this part of the course are essential for those who wish to teach, and are very useful simply as human beings, in relation with one another in every moment.  By participating in this course, you will be part of an amazing experiment of ideas, energy and manifestations in motion.

Read more about Ateeka here

Teaching yoga is a rewarding job in itself. It is also a job that takes a little extra. The originality and freshness of your teaching comes from the depth of your living practice. This retreat helps you find ways to teach from your body rather than from knowledge or belief. It is also an opportunity to get inspiration and peer support to help you thrive in your working life. We are open for trained (and trainee) yoga teachers from all branches of the yoga family tree. The retreat is not a training in any particular approach to yoga. Instead, we will refine the way you translate the feeling intelligence of your own body into verbal instructions, finding your own voice.

You will receive 25 hours of teaching in 3,5 days, deepening your somatic understanding of yoga posture practice.

Boolking by Mobile Pay 28892450 or electronig invoicing. Write an email to info@dynamicyoga.dk  informing briefly about your training and teaching experience. Also name one area in your working life in which you feel the need for support.

 

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Each day begins early with a quiet sitting followed by a long flow-based yoga class addressing the theme of the day. You will learn to activate your body in a way that supports feeling sensation as the compass for your practice (as oposed to learning fixed principles of alignment or traditional “full” postures). Birgitte will take you through a structured sequence of classes based on becoming a little more sensitive to the changes in sensation within you. This way of teaching is an invitation for you to access an intelligent response to what you can feel from the wisdom of your own body. Each day will sensitize specific joints of the body and invite you to listen deeply to what they have to say.

Afternoons will focus on somatic self-enquiry and/or refining your teaching skills. Guided experiments on the mat will help you explore the difference between “action” and “impact” in yoga postures to help you get clearer about how instructions could be more helpful for your students. You will be introduced to two levels of verbal instruction useful to promote safety, clarity and depth in your teaching. You will spend time in groups clarifying muscular actions and their impacts in the body and playing with layers of instruction.

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The evenings focus on dialogue, reflection and mentoring. Birgitte will use the Big Mind process (developed by Genpo Roshi) to facilitate a group dialogue. We will explore themes and dilemmas that comes up for you professionally and find resources to support you where you are. The evenings are structured group dialouges allowing you to tap into the wisdom already within you.

The retreat begins thursday at 15.00 and ends sunday evening after dinner.

Place: A beautiful 250-m2 house in Sweden, surrounded by a private forest. (at the border between Skåne and Blekinge, nearest town in Lönsboda) Accommodation in shared rooms. If you prefer your won private space you are welcome to bring your own tent and camp in the surrounding grass field.

We limit this retreat to 12 participants to ensure the in depth learning for each of you and real exchange of knowledge and skills between peers. The intimate and homely atmosphere is is what makes this retreat unique.

Price: 3.995 DKR. This covers 25 hours of teaching and food/chef. We  know you don’t make much money as a yoga teacher, so on this retreat we keep accommodation FREE. All you pay for is the food and the yoga. Between classes we will take turns helping the cook as needed and we will take care of the house together during the retreat.

Booking: mobile pay 28892450 inform us of your booking at:  info@dynamicyoga.dk

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Birgitte Gorm Hansen

Fil 12-08-15 23.23.26Birgitte has been teaching workshops for yoga teachers for the past many years and have served as external examiner and guest teacher in several teacher trainings. Her 20 years of spiritual practice (14 of them teaching yoga) adds a rare depth and clarity to her work. Her workshops have inspired many students to let go of the need for external authority and allow the wisdom of their own body become the driving force in their practice. She has a nerdy and fun approach to exploring yoga practice and never ceases to learn from her body, her students, her colleagues and her teachers.  Originally trained as a psychologist (PhD) Birgitte has taught well over 5000 hours of yoga. In the past 2 years she has been in training with zen master Genpo Roshi to become a Big Mind Facilitator.

Most professional musicians practice scales and arpeggios throughout their career. Scales allow the artist to become one with the instrument. In that way, music can express itself freely and passionately without fingers struggling to find the keys. This is not unlike yoga posture practice. Here the instrument is your body. A yoga teacher will take the time to expose you to the scales of embodiment in every class. Allowing you to become one with changing sensations as it moves. In that way, the symphony of life as practice can express itself freely, deeply and passionately through you. A big part of a yoga teacher´s job is to play the scales of sensation.  Repetitive, simple, sensitive movement is an oportunity to become intimate with your body, to get to know your instrument so you can play it with ease and passion. We play the scales in the beginning, in the middle and in the end of our yoga-journey. We practice the basics every step of the way.

Of course, you can learn to play a complex melody on the piano without practicing scales and arpeggios. You can play music without ever becoming one with the instrument. And it may sound just as great. But the artist in you will probably be drawn to what feels great: The intuitive flow and freedom offered by repetition. When the music flows without strain, delay or doubt it feels delicious. Major key, minor key, both can be played from a sense of oneness with the instrument. Giving yourself completely to the expression of music.

Of course, you can learn to play around with challenging yoga postures without preparing yourself with repetitive movement. You can do a yoga posture without the scales of sensation, without becoming one with what you feel. And it may look amazing. But the yogi in you will most likely be drawn to what feels amazing: Intimacy with embodied being, awareness, presence. When life flows without resistance, it feels delicious. Good times, bad times, all of life can be experienced from a sense of oneness with what is happening. Giving your self completely to the expression of life.

Our commonsense understanding of the words “yoga” and “meditation” suggest that they are two separate things: One of the body and one of the mind. But as we go deeper into the practice either one, we find a deeper unity at their core.

A weekend workshop with special sessions for  yoga teachers. You will need to attend the whole weekend workshop “Asana as meditation – Meditaiton as asana”  in order to join the extra sessions for teachers. This is to ensure that you have an embodied understanding of the techniques we will be working with in the last session on sunday.

Saturday 9.00-9.40: Welcome and introductions (open to yoga teachers). What will be todays main teaching techniques? How to listen when you are a teacher/student attending a workshop.

Saturday 10.00-13.00: Asana as Meditation (open to all)
A dynamic yoga class exploring sensitive movement as  meditation in action.

Saturday 14.30-17.30: Meditation as Asana (open to all)
Alternations between seated meditation periods and supine yoga posture flows releasing tension.

Saturday 9.00-9.40: Being breathed (open to yoga teachers)

A few words abut todays main teaching technique (svaramukta). Q&A from yesterdays workshop from a teaching perspective.

Sunday 10.00-13.00: Breathing into stilness (open to all)
A dynamic, sensitive yoga posture flow releasing the free rythm of the breath (svaramukta). The class makes a seamless transiton to a seated meditation practice towards the end.

Sunday 14.00-17.00: Teaching skills (open to yoga teachers) Inspirational workshop on how to teach asana as meditation. Alternating between dialogue and little practical explorations we break down the progressive instructions used in the previous workshop. Birgitte will guide collective explorations of two simple techniques to play with in your own practice and share with your students.

Open to trained and trainee yoga teachers from all branches of the yoga family tree.

Price for full course: 1.399 DKR

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk . Book your space by paying via bank transfer. If you have a danish account you can book via mobile pay 28892450

A three-part workshop open to all. Our common sense understanding of the words “yoga” and “meditation” suggest that they are two separate things: One of the body and one of the mind. But as we go deeper into the practice either one, we find a deeper unity at their core.

Saturday 10.00-13.00: Asana as Meditation
A dynamic yoga class exploring sensitive movement as  meditation in action.

Saturday 14.30-17.30: Meditation as Asana
Alternations between seated meditation periods and supine yoga posture flows releasing tension.

Sunday 10.00-13.00: Breathing into stilness
A dynamic, sensitive yoga posture flow releasing the free rythm of the breath (svaramukta). The class makes a seamless transiton to a seated meditation practice towards the end.

Price:

Single class: 399 DKR

Full weekend course: 999 DKR

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk or mobile pay 28892450

“The difference between an enlightened being and one who is not enlightened is that the one who is not enlightened thinks there is a Difference” (Some great zen master)

Before we put 2015´s endless stream of bad news behind us and start fresh, allow me to share something that happened last year which wasn’t all bad.

When planning a yoga retreat in Lesvos this summer several people advised me to cancel. The reasons were obvious. The village next to our retreat (Molyvos) is close to the border of Turkey and therefore among the first points of contact for the refugees crisis in Europe this summer. As the drama unfolded over the next couple of months, the media image of Lesvos changed from the wellness sweet spot I used to depict in yoga marketing to full-scale humanitarian crisis. Going through with a retreat there seemed like an insane thing to do. I mean it was perfectly safe there, nothing like that. But the bad press, the financial risk if nobody comes, the moral dissonance of it all…lots of red flags.

The decision to cancel was a no brainer.

The only problem was: I found myself unable to make that decision. Instead the decision came to do it as a donation project.

Where did that decision come from? If i´m honest, probably from some desire to to be a spiritual hero and feel better about myself. My entry into yoga was through Buddhism where i acquired a a deep fascination with the Bodhisattva figure. Bodhisattva are people who put the liberation of all sentient beings before their own. Rather than going straight to the state of liberation (nirvana) they commit to linger in in this world (samsara). Imagine filling a bottomless well of tears with the snow of loving kindness, one teaspoon at a time. For eons! That´s the Bodhisattva way. To dispel the miseries of the world, lifetime after lifetime until everybody is free. My favorite Bodhisattva-hero was called Avalokitesvara, a being who was said to have been awakened by the cries of the world. The pain of other living beings was what caused that magical event called “awakening “. At the age of 19 i thought that was über cool stuff ! Yes, I´m definitely prone to go for the narrative of spiritual heroism wherever i can – or its more modest cousin; moral commitment.

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But honestly I felt nothing like a spiritual hero in 2015. Most of that year, i just opened the paper and cried like a baby. I cried when I heard about the Earthquake in Nepal, I cried over the Copenhagen assassinations, I cried over Danish politics going insane, I cried over lifeless babies on beaches, I cried over bombings in Beirut, the Paris terrorist attacks, climate change. I cried over loved ones that had died from cancer.

Worse still, I was fully aware that my crying did absolutely nothing for the world! (I actually managed to cry over that too if you can believe it!) Twenty years of spiritual practice and this was all I could come up with. A crybaby. A far cry from the Bodhisattvas I had been idolizing as a teenager.

Luckily I was in for some serious teaching in 2015. That year made it painfully clear to me that yoga is more than waiting for spiritual heroes (or waiting to become one). Opening the TV news continued to give me that throbbing pressure of anger in the throat, the abdominal wrench of guilt, that acid ache before the first tears, that sharp twitch of fear. Each sensation was a non-negotiable invitation to experience things as they were. Not as we expected them to be, not as we feared them to be, not as we hoped them to be. No one to save the day, no relief, just that shitty feeling.

But it felt more uncomfortable to sit in front of the TV screen and watch millions of people having their life destroyed than to go to Lesvos and try to help a a few to have a slightly less fucked up day. Notice the word uncomfortable there. That, i think is one big motor of action for human beings. It just felt bad to experience that roaring river of strong emotions stagnate in the shallow delta of hypnotic passivity.

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I wanted it to go away, so I turned off the Facebook-drama-queen-machine. Didn’t work. I tried to meditate (BTW never try to meditate, just sit). Well, it didn’t work either. I went into heated political debates. That made it worse! I told myself spiritual bedtime stories to feel better about the state of things. Didn’t work at all.

I still cry like a baby most days when I open the newspaper.

If I have to be honest I can best describe the decision to do that Lesvos retreat as a completely ordinary and all too human reflex: A more or less unconscious move away from discomfort and towards comfort. It just felt bad to cancel so I found a way to go through with it that I could live with.

As it was, I was not the only one in discomfort. Despite my own and everyone else´s pessimistic expectations, yogis from different parts of Europe started signing up for the retreat. Some brought suitcases full blankets and sleeping bags for donation, some brought more cash from home, some gave their afternoons on the retreat to help out in local care initiatives. Apart from delivering the revenue from the teaching job to a local group working in the area, I did little to organize any of this. It happened spontaneously in response to the situation.

Acting on discomfort was not confined to yogic circles either. In Lesvos we met local business owners, families, and ordinary tourists who had spontaneously dropped whatever they were doing to help those in need. Some formed foundations, some canceled their flight home and stayed to help on the beaches, some passersby delivered a single day’s work, some organized collections of clothing and money from their home countries. Most of the people I met or heard of had no prior experience with humanitarian work and no idea what amazing things they were capable of before the disaster reached their backyard. In global perspective, their actions were perhaps nothing more than a teaspoon of snow in an ocean of tears, but that recognition didn’t seem to block their action.

lesvos2IMG_429282691lesvos3If anything will remain engraved into my memory from 2015 it is that unflinching response of ordinary people exposed to the suffering of thousands at their doorstep. Last summer in Molyvos, no organizations, government, military or spiritual heroes showed up to save the day. There was just ordinary people responding directly to other ordinary people in need. No hesitation, no questions asked.

When fully exposed to the cries of the world, the next step is a no brainer.

It is my belief that the amazing people I met in Greece did what they did because they were fully exposed. They chose to do what they did not because they were spiritual people or because they possessed some special heroic nature. They simply woke up in that uncomfortable place on that morning. They simply could not do anything other than respond to the situation exactly as they did. For most of us, this full exposure was not available at that time. Action was not allowed to express itself in that particular way last summer. It was not our doorstep (Not yet at least). Unlike the people working in Molyvos, i went home again after a week. And cried some more. No shame in that.

Its 2016 now. I´m planning the next lesvos retreat in May. Some people say i should have cancelled. I have no idea how it will go. I also have no idea what is meant by words like Bodhisattva or awakening. I am more clueless than ever when it comes to walking “the spiritual path”. After seeing those people in Lesvos I am beginning to suspect I already met a thousand Bodhisattva in this lifetime but that I am too busy waiting for a hero in full lotus to actually notice. Not quite willing to expose myself to what is actually happening.

I can´t know for sure, but perhaps the story of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara being awakened by the cries of the world is nothing other than a story of you and me being fully exposed to the TV news, to other people, to internal sensation. Or to the one we see in the mirror.

We all wake up every day.

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I had no other way, always presupposing that I couldn´t chose freedom”
(Franz Kafka)

Every now and then, we modern yogis need someone to mess with our heads. Franz Kafka is a man for that job. His short story “Report to an academy” makes beautiful use of our monkey theme to reflect on modern yoga and it´s relationship to the Nature/Culture divide.

Kafka writes in the voice of a young chimpanzee captured in the wild. Our little hero wakes up on a big ship, wounded by gunshot and stuffed in a cage so narrow that he can´t stand up. After days of tortuous misery, he slowly loses the hope of freedom and starts looking for the next best thing: A way out. On the ship apes belong in a cage, so the way out is to stop being an ape. Our hero painfully subjects himself to teachings in how to shake hands, how to smoke a pipe, how to drink form the liquor bottle and, finally, how to speak. Upon his arrival to Europe he subjugates himself to more human teachers and regimens and reaches “the educational level of an average European”. We are introduced to him as he responds to an invitation from The Academy, delivering a report about his “former life led as ape”. The report is a story of becoming human. A one-way ticket to never fully arriving.  He boldly states:

“I felt more comfortable in the world of men and fitted it better; the strong wind that blew after me out of my past began to slacken; today it is only a gentle puff of air that plays around my heels (…) your life as apes, gentlemen, insofar as something of that kind lies behind you, cannot be farther removed from you than mine is from me. Yet everyone on earth feels a tickling at the heels; the small chimpanzee and the great Achilles alike.”

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In the eloquent discourse of Kafkas ex-ape, there is no possibility of going back to animal nature. Neither is there any going forwards to pure human accomplishment We are left with the impossible process of becoming human. The tickling at our heels bears witness to the price of taking “the human way out”. Unrestrained, free, animal embodiment is forever lost to us once we enter into the domestication project that life in civilization requires. To Kafka, freedom is purely a monkey business. An irritating tickle reminding us all what we are losing every step of the way.

There are two things I like about this story: First, it portrays human nature not as a mode of existence but as a becoming. Humanness in this story is an irreconcilable process that is never quite nature, never quite culture and never even a mixture of the two. It´s neither this nor that. It´s something else. Something impossible.

Second, I like the distinction Kafka’s ape makes between freedom and a way out.

Both these points tickle my thinking about how we engage in modern yoga and meditation practices. Now there are many approaches to yoga. Some see it as a matter of domesticating something wild. As taming or transcending the animal in us (see Salute to the Monkey Mind part one). Another approach to yoga is seeing the practice as a returning to nature.

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I´m sure most of us modern yogis have all subscribed to this yoga magazine in some way. Conciously or unconciously we are drawn to yoga as a practice of uncovering the natural, free animal in us. A s a yoga teacher I have definitely practiced and preached from idealized naturalness repeatedly over the years. Yoga is both practices and marketed as an opportunity to uncover the wilddeness within of rewilding the body. Walking in bare feet, eating raw, going on retreats in forests, mountains or beaches, opening our hips, balancing on our hands, breathing deep in the belly, cooking paleo, going into silence. It tastes like animal freedom.It helps us recover from stress, anxiety and fatigue. It´s undoubtedly nourishing for us to go into the wild and practice. But does a yoga holiday in the wild neccessarily help us with the human predicament of raising children in a polluted city, living a life in shoes or turning off the news with a pit in the stomach? Does it help us act when we encounter sufffering in ourselves and others?

“Rewilding” – at least in its commercial application – seems to be a rare privilege only accessible for the few. Not all of us have the opportunity to spend our life in silent self-reflection on a white beach drinking kale juice and learning to do a headstand every morning. Most of us are stuck in civilization’s hamster wheel, a cage of very real and often painful relationships to people, to nature, to power, to the body, to ourselves. Going “back to nature” has paradoxically become a privilege for the privileged. It takes resources to find a way out if the way out is to stop being human and attain purified naturalness. It takes time, money, pain, sweat and diet to keep up the strength and flexibility of a modern yoga-monkey.

How many of us modern yogis have not looked to yoga posture practice for a tension-free, liberated animal-like body? And we are willing to work hard to be able to afford yoga classes, workshops, super food, and yoga holidays in the silent wilderness. We take times away from our loved ones to work on our hanumanasana. And in between the holidays we overuse electronic devices, sleep too little, worry too much, fail to do anything about it and experience the pain of addiction to coffee, sugar, drugs, alcohol and other peoples opinion about us. Even the simple silly things like walking in high heels, carrying a bag on one shoulder or holding the belly in leaves a painful imprint in our enculturated human bodies. A pain of civilized restriction producing a dream of animal freedom. A trickle on our heels. A pain that make us long for going somewhere else, doing something else, being someone else. Someone more natural, more animal, more free perhaps?

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This is where Kafka blows my mind. Between the lines, Report to an Academy gives us an analytical razor sharp enough to cut through spiritual materialism. (Especially the kind that is dressed up in commercialized naturalness and ape-acrobatics). Let all Instagram Yoga Celebrities pose in peace while we listen to a monkey-powered reflection on human attempts to attain physical freedom like that of the apes: Acrobats in trapeze on the variety stage:

“They swung themselves, they rocked to and fro, they sprang into the air, they floated into each other’s arms, one hung by the hair from the teeth of the other. “And that too is human freedom,” I thought, “self-controlled, movement.” What a mockery of holy Mother Nature! Were the apes to see such a spectacle, no theater walls could stand the shock of their laughter.”

To Kafka’s ape, physical prowess for humans is a far cry from free animal embodiment. In the ape-gaze, modern yoga as seen in impressive handstand videos has nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with wanting a way out.

Yoga will never turn us back into monkeys. (We have a generation of irreversibly injured yoga bodies to prove that). Our species have physical limits that will tickle our heels every step of the way (AND our knees, sacroiliac joints, lower backs, writsts…). Reminding us that we are not the free and unrestrained apes that we aspire to be. I know a yoga teacher who finds it acceptable that his body always hurts somewhere, that is just part of the game, he says. Yoga clearly never succeeds in transcending the animal in us. No amount of yoga can concour the mortal, fleshy vulnerability of our bodies. I know  medieval yogis wrote about super human powers and cheating death. But they are all dead now. We can let that one go i think. The apes laugh their butts off watching us undergo pain and torture on the mat and the cushion to attain that rewilded “free” animal body. Self-controlled movement. Whether we approach yoga as a disciplined mastery over the body (a cultural pursuit) or a practice of freeing a wild, natural body (going back to nature) it remains to Kafka a becoming human: A one-way ticket to never fully arriving. Becoming has no glorified purity at the end of the tunnel. We humans never quite “make it”.

Kafka blows my mind because he has the courage to eschew purity and insist on bastard impossibility. I would like to think that Report to an Academy has more to offer than a steriotypical punch in the face of big bad civilization. We can do more than just crying for a our internal chimpanzee cut in two by the bars separating nature and culture. We can practice yoga in a way where we dont have to spend the rest of our lives dreaming about a body we will never attain. Kafkas ape bears witness to the impossibility of coming to terms with Nature/Culture duality that human existence plunges us into. To Kafka, becoming human is simply an impossible situation! No completion is possible, no purity attainable, no picking and choosing will ever fully satisfy us. We can´t go back and we can´t move forwards.

So what if we could surrender to that?

What a relief! To let go of a way out and instead feel free to be just this. A half-baked ape-human at peace with itself. To surrender willingly to the irreconcilable becoming that is our life. Not quite the unrestrained wild animals we long to be, not really the perfectly cultivated human beings we would be “if only”... Just this. Beautifully incomplete. Immaculate imperfection.

What does this mean to a yogi? I´m not sure yet. It would have to be a collective experiment. I imagine we can practice surrender to the perfect impossibility of human life anywhere. Not just in white beaches or silent meditation halls. Not just in solitary silent retreats but also in engaged action and social life. I can imagine a yoga practice that allows us to explore, love and honor the limitations and capacities of this very body, these very relationships, this very walk on this very earth. On the mat, in meditation, at the computer screen, in high heels, watching the news, crying, worrying, holding the belly in, breathing out, falling in love. Feeling this and allowing what we are feeling to fuel spontaneous action. Allowing for a real time relationship with this impossible world.

Imagine a spiritual practice that doesn’t just make us feel great with ourselves but also intimate with the pain and joy of other beings. Imagine a yoga practice that calls for an unflinching response to what is happening here and now. Imagine no longer having to claw for a way out of reality’s hamster wheel. Imagine walking on earth willingly encountering everything that tickles our human heels. The sound accompanying every step being apes laughing laughing…

At the heart of any yoga practice is the willingness to feel. When yoga is practiced through the lense of sensitivity we encounter a deep intimacy with what is happening. An intimacy we so often seek in places far away from where we actually are.

Birgitte will guide you through a 3 hour practice sensitizing especially the joints and inviting you to feel the whole of your body more clearly and directly. The practice alternate between waves of yoga postures and subtle micro movements or stilness. An invitation to release any tension your body is willing to deeply feel and embrace.

Time: 10.00-12.30

Price 300 DKR

Booking: Secure your space by paying over mobile pay 26169309. Send an email to info@dynamicyoga.dk to register with your name. Bank transfer and electronic invoicing is also an option is you don’t have mobile pay.

There are times where our life just flows and we take the corners as if we are on rails. No friction or bumps in the road. And there are times where we get out of a bed with a heavy heart and drag our feet through the day. I think it’s safe to say that 99,9% of us find our first yoga class in response to the latter type of day rather than the former. We come to yoga because we want to feel better. Or because we want something more. And it works. Yoga can help us take our “low” into a “high” so to speak. To lead a life with less friction. That desire propels us forward in the practice. Its cool.

And maybe one day we begin to suspect that there is More than wanting more.

New spaces opening in our practice, the “More” with a capital M, is quite often preceded by an experience of friction returning with a vengeance. Deeply rooted patterns repeating themselves enlessly despite everything we learned, irreparable bumps in the road, problems too big for us to soldier through.

In our practice, we often respond to this new situation with a feeling of disenchantment or even disappointment. Maybe you find yourself in your favorite class with your favorite teacher but you are just not feeling it. Maybe your steady self-practice that used to regulate and keep you strong just falls apart. Maybe you are just too busy, too sad, too tired, too bored, too distracted, too angry, too in love (too whatever!) to practice. Maybe yoga just doesn´t do it for you anymore.

The first couple of times this happens to us, we jump straight to fixing the problem. We get our ass in line and boot camp ourselves back to bliss. We seek out new styles of yoga, new teachers, new techniques until we get the magic back. We read books on how to get our spiritual, shit together. It works for a while. But there is More.  If we keep going, one day we may just wake up and find that nothing works. No way around the friction.

This is a threshold.

Being with the friction and adversaries of life is a golden opportunity to encounter the “More” of your practice. The unexpected, that which you didnt order on the welness-menu, that which you couldnt possibly have imagineed. Bumpy journeys are a chance to commit and go deeper in our relationship with yoga.
We are all painfully aware that nobody surfs through an entire human life touching only the white foam on the top of every wave. Surfing implies going under, getting up, waiting, flying, failing forward. Life is valley and peak, a steady and unruly stream of creative impermanence, impredictability. But even if we know this, it takes a lifetime of practice to fully appreciate it.

So when yoga no longer works as a romantic affair taking you from low to high, get ready for for the big wave of More. For being intimate with the life you are actually living – for better and for worse. Our failure to fix it, our inability to save the day, our “same old shit” haunting us through life is perhaps nothing but an invitation to fully appreciate this life.

Perhaps, the friction of our life is not only an invitation to get our shit together. The experience of friction could also be an invitation to fall apart. To let go of the modern imperative of constantly having to improve, develop, upgrade and win. To become intimate with who and what you are.

It´s quite simple really: A life with less friction just has friction. But can we fully appreciate that fact, are we ready to life our life not missing a heartbeat?

At some point we may become ready for More. To let go of fighting the lows and clinging to the highs. And perhaps then we can surrender to the totality of life. Bumps and all.

Perhaps.

Practice yoga in one of the most beautiful, well-kept yoga shalas in Europe. Milelja retreat center has been hosting retreats for nearly 30 years in a homely and intimate atmosphere, plunged right in between the deep blue Mediterranean and the rough volcanic mountains. We welcome students of all levels and branches of the yoga family tree. You will be given a carefully sequenced somatic education that takes you straight to the subtle heart of yoga posture practice.

In light of the refugee situation in Southern Europe we will donate 50% of the yoga teaching revenue from this retreat to local charity work. We have experienced an overwhelming desire from our previous retreat participants to help and support the local support projects with donations or practical work. You are most welcome to do karma yoga practice in the middle of the day on this retreat if you have the impulse, but this is in no way a requirement or even an expectation. If you wish to  help out with little practical jobs or donate money to local groups (there are still no professional care organizations present in Molyvos and Eftalou where most refugees arrive) we offer to help coordinate between you and the groups who are working with refugees in the nearby villages. If you want to bring clothes, blankets and the like for donation please check in with us the week up to departure as the resource situation change all the time.

Flights: Aegean Airlines often have good connections to Mytilene, Lesvos in the early season. See their low fare calendar  here

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A typical day:

Each day will begin at 8 with a pranayama session in our wooden yoga hall. From sitting in silence we then rool directly on to the yoga mat for a slow-flowing, dynamic posture practice landing in relaxation and seated meditation. Over the week Birgitte will guide you through 6 progressive practices allowing you to sensitize, recalibrate, mobilize and strengthen your body without struggle or pain. After the morning practice our hosts will serve a full vegetarian brunch buffet (fresh local produce is used whenever possible). Morning yoga is nice to do on an empty stomach. However, if you do need to eat a little breakfast before the morning classes we have fruit, nuts or müsli available in the dining room early in the morning and during the day if you need a snack.

The afternoon sessions will alternate between longer workshops or shorter gentle yoga classes. The workshops will help you clarify the Dynamic Yoga Training Method to make sure it works for the body you have today. Here we will do little explorations together through dialogue and partner work ending with a gentle floor-practice and preparing you to dive deeper the next day. The shorter yoga classes are to nourish and relax you by tuning in to the subtle presence of body and breath. On days with shorter sessions you have some free time between brunch and afternoon class where you can rest, chill at the pool, hike or explore the beautiful nature of the north island. One day we take the afternoon off for you to explore the beach or mountain hikes. One evening the retreat center arranges a hot pool for muscle relaxation. You can also book a massage or treatment in the in-house wellness clinic.

Most nights we will gather for an early home cooked dinner at the retrerat center. For the first and last evening of the retreat we will eat out. The old village of Molyvos is just 20 minutes away by foot and kept in its original narrow streets and stone cottages with lots of lovely tavernas and cafes.

Evenings you will be given the space to sit in silent meditation with the rest of the group before going off to bed. We sit in intervals ranging from 15 to 60 minutes depending on your experience and training. Everyone is free to drop quietly in or out of the yoga hall. Instructions will be given on how to sit comfortably either on a cushion or a chair if  needed.

We offer practical silence periods between 21.30 and 7.30 each day (meaning we go quiet, but of course can ask questions or give practical messages). Meditation and silence periods are optional. They are offered as an opportunity to deepen your practice if you have the interest. If you want to take an offline detox from your electronic communication we can fully support that. For those who need to use email, intenret or skype their loved ones during the retreat we have a free wifi zone near the pool deck.

see the video from the retreat center here

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Program:

May 1st  Arrival day, check in open from 15.00. Open yoga hall for self-practice from 5 PM. depending on flight connections we may or may not do an evening class on this day. Formal introductions will be done on may 2nd at brunch to ensure everyone has arrived.

May 2th-8th:

Self-serving breakfast (optional)
Sunrise pranayama, dynamic yoga class, relaxation, meditation (appr. 2,5 hour)
Vegetarian Brunch
Afternoon workshop or gentle yoga class (between 1,5 and 2 hours)
Home cooked vegetarian meal (first and last night we will go out for dinner in one of the village taverns)
Bedtime meditation (optional)

May 9th Departure day, open yoga hall for supported self-practice, check out 10.30

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Prices and Booking:

The teaching fee is 399 EUR covering all yoga and meditation sessions (minimum 30 contact hours). Everything else is paid separately and directly to our hosts. Your room reservation is refundable up to 8 weeks before the retreat. after that date you will be charged for 80% of the room cost in case of cancellation. Please ensure your travel insurance covers these expenses in case you have to cancel last minute.

Board and lodging is payable directly to Milelja Retreat Center on arrival.  Treatments, dinners outside the retreat center, local transport and flight are not included in the prices. We will do our best to help you organize airport taxis so you can share if anyone arrives around the same time.

Send an email to info@dynamicyoga.dk to book your space.

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Food: For 1 arrival meal, 1 departure breakfast, 5 brunch buffets, 5 dinners, complementary fruit, müsli, tea and water the price is 185 EUR.

Airport taxi: 70-80 EUR When we have your floight info we will do our best to organize shared airport taxis to lower the cost is possible.

Room prices per person for the whole retreat (7 nights):

Category A
Room with terrace and bathroom, spacious balcomy with ocean peek or
Room with Spacious balcony, sharing bathroom with room next door
Double pr. person:                 320 EUR
Single:                                   445 EUR

Category B
Room without balcony or apartment. Sharing bathroom with room next door.
Double per person:              285 EUR
Single:                                    395 EUR

Category C
23 m2 apartment with terrace, bath & Kitchen
Double per person                   360 EUR
Single:                                        490 EUR

Category D
40 m2 luxurious apartment, Terace, bath & Kitchen
Double pr. person:                   400 EUR
Single                                          590 EUR

Category E
40 m2 luxurious apartment, Terace, bath & Kitchen

Triple per person                           330 EUR

A dear friend recently wrote to me telling that her friends thought yoga was self-centered. In Denmark this has been argued passionately in news papers and social media. Is the roaring success of mindfulness and yoga in the west not just making us less engaged in other people and more absorbed in our own little practice of navel gazing? Are we using eastern traditions to justify a life that is basically revolving around self-improvement, self developmenet, self-care and self gratification?

I´m sure you can imagine the heat of that debate. Ouch!

In a workshop I recently attended with Genpo Roshi  the question came up again: How can we sit here and meditate when people with no future are surviving in lifeboats only a couple of hours away from here? What are we really doing in our so-called spiritual practice? Are we really making a difference?


This is where I typically give a long, ignited speech in defense of yoga and meditation. It starts with explaining how yoga returns us to innate sensitivity. How the wisdom of the body teaches us to act on what we feel rather than watch in apathy as the world goes to hell. I will argue that in the long run, yoga makes the world a better place. That people who dedicate themselves to this practice will change and become less self-absorbed in time. If you push me hard enough I may even say that if yoga is really so self-centered, it’s least a better form of self-centeredness than most others. That at least doing yoga does no harm to anyone! My bottom line argument is this idea that yoga basically makes us better people.

I´ll get to that speech in a minute (can´t help it) but first, i´d like to share a new perspective I got on this debate from Genpo´s teaching. In the workshop we took that discussion just a bit deeper than I do in my usual rants. Here is how he opened the enquiry:

YES!. Yes, it is kind of self-centered to spend decades meditating in a monestary. We humans are hugely self-absorbed. Look right around you. And don’t forget to look at the ones who are not spending decades of their life on meditation. Are “they” so much less self-centered than “we” who got on the spiritual trip? Are “we” less self centered than “them”? Look at the state of the planet, the distribution of wealth, what does it say about us? Are any of us human beings really free from self-centeredness? Even Mother Theresa probably got a little tiny kick out of helping others.


What??? No defense speech? No protection? Just the naked, vulnerable exposure of having to admit that we are as screwed up as anyone else. This got me thinking. Why is it that I give that defense speech so readily? Who am I really protecting when I argue that yoga makes us better people?  Yeah, guess who.


It is so easy to numb our colonial hangover by pointing fingers at those who seem even more self-indulgent than us. I am sure we can all agree that it feels good to assume that attachment to the self and all the need and greed that comes with it is found “out there” in them and not “in here” in me. Especially if we are yogis and subscribe to the idea that our practice is all about dropping the self.


Non-yogis can point fingers at those who are doing yoga and meditate. Yogis point back at those who buy big cars, those who collect Valentino shoes or those who own multinational corporations. We can all point fingers at everyone NOT sitting in a sinking lifeboat right now looking desperately into the horizon. But I suspect that will not be a viable solution. 


So maybe we could go the other way. We could own our self-centeredness and deal with it accordingly. We can look our ego trip in the eye and recognize it for what it is. Yes, I’m self-centered! In fact, so much that I chose to stay here in the privileged part of the planet instead of leaving it to help where the other half lives. Yes I have chosen to spend most of my time on Earth attending to 1st world problems.


Hands in the air people! Let’s just own the oh so very human side of us that puts the self before everything else. No defense speech, no spiritual gloss. Why should my monthly charity donation, my Buddhist loving kindness practice, my dedication to teaching yoga give me a free pass to a seventh heaven where I can sit on a spiritual cloud and look down on the poor deluded ego-trippers of the world? Thinking yoga makes us better persons is perhaps nothing other than self-centeredness. And then, thinking our spiritual practice entitles us to  point fingers at others arrogance, greed, ignorance, aggression or egocentricity must be the ego trip that beats all ego trips.


When we drop defending ourselves then perhaps we will no longer need to hurt those we think are different form us. We will not need to project our own shit onto other people: People who meditate for years but keep on talking only about themselves, people who go on yoga retreats instead of opening a soup kitchen, people who buy electronic gadgets instead of sending the money to the Red Cross, people groom their corporate careers instead of building houses in Kathmandu valley, people breathe in oxygen and breathe out CO2 and thereby contribute to the destruction of the planet.

We are not separate from those people. We ARE those people.


We point fingers at others because we cannot bear to look within. We cringe at the prospect of having to admit that we are just as hopelessly flawed as the rest of the human race. And so we wander through life pointing at “them”. Missing out on the opportunity to get to know and love what we most deeply are: Nothing other than this conditioned being consisting of this precise mixture of horror and wonder. Precisely this. Nothing better, nothing worse.


As said by Charlotte Joko Beck: “When nothing is special, everything can be”. When you discover that you are nothing special, nothing other than the rest, all of experience becomes special. Everything can be appreciated for being exactly what it is. Including yourself. There is nobody else you could be. There is nowhere else to point your finger. No defense speech needed. The boundary between inside and outside is wishful thinking.

Yoga may seem self-centered as it is a practice of continually looking deep within. But the space within is huge! In fact, it often shows to include everything that we thought was “not me”. When you have seen “within” for a while it seems that everything within is also without. And vice versa, what is outside of us is also inside: “Their” shit also “my” shit. Non-separable.

In that perspective the self seems like a tiny speck of dust floating within billions of galaxies. This does not mean that the self is not important. It just means there is more.
In that perspective, is it really worth the fight to have arguments and defend your self when someone says that yoga is just a big ego trip?

Here is an idea: When someone points their finger at you and says “self-centered”, just throw your hands in the air and say “guilty as charged”. And make sure you really mean it. Own it. Then perhaps there will be peace on earth, at least for the rest of that conversation. When we yogis take the bait, when we jump to defend ourselves with spiritual justifications we get more of the same shit: Self-centered, well-educated, privileged people discussing which one is on a bigger ego-trip.

Meanwhile, people with no future are surviving in lifeboats only a couple of hours away from here. I will spare you the pain of listing all the other horros that are happening right now.

So instead of talking about selflessness we can perhaps just do it?

We could begin demonstrating our lack of attachment to the self by dropping the defense speech when someone accuses us of being egocentric boheme hipster hippies.

Maybe we can just go: “Yeah, that’s right, spot on! There is just no end to our ego trip huh? … you want soy milk in your latte, right? Anything else I can get you?”

Throw in the towel in the ring. Lose the debate. Then life can move on and perhaps we can turn our indignation towards something worthwhile.

Q: where do you place the needle on ”yoga as a spiritual practice” versus ”yoga as a body shaper” scale.
B: Yoga is for me is unity. Therefore, it’s hard for me to place that needle anywhere. I see no opposition between spirituality and embodiment. There is nothing about your body that is not totally divine! No spiritual practice takes place outside the body. Without a body you´d be dead. I like to see it this way: If one side of the coin is spirituality and the other is embodiment yoga is the whole coin as such. That which includes and transcends all opposites.

Q: what drew you to yoga?

B: When I was about 8 years old, this little bird crashed into my window and died. My mother helped me bury it in the garden. I was devastated. She said it would go to heaven. However, I had trouble getting the whole idea of paradise. I imagined as a tropical version of my parents garden and figured there would not be enough space for those beings that die. Where do we all go? I wondered. That night I dreamt of the bird and in the dream, it came to me that maybe this world is nothing but paradise. That there is no outside to our existence. We never leave. The bird would rot and turn into earth and nourish a plant, get eaten and turn into part of an animal or excrements or food for worms or whatever. It never stops. In the dream, there was no heaven to go to. This was it! So we had better make the most of it, I thought. After a dream like that, I suppose the wise thing to do would be to just go out and enjoy life. Nevertheless, I didn’t. I got extremely interested in everything spiritual, supernatural or mysterious. In my late teenage years, this brought me to Buddhism where I studied with a Tibetan lama for about 10 years. My grandmother had introduced me to yoga as a child and I did go back into it again when it became fashionable in the mid 1990ies. However, I wasn´t really drawn to it until I met my teacher Godfrey Devereux. He spoke like someone who had fully realized that this was it. It was not just an idea from a childhood dream. He was living it and in his class, I was experiencing it. I was hooked to yoga right there and then.

Q: And how often do you really practice yoga.

B: There is always an opportunity for self-enquiry whatever I am busy doing. From that perspective, I practice yoga 24/7. … I got away with that one too easy didn´t I? I guess that´s not what you meant. My formal practice is mainly sitting on a cushion, which I do every day if possible. There are definitely days and sometimes even a week or more where I don’t get to do my posture practice, it depends how interested I am or whether I’m preparing for teaching.

Q: Do you ever loose motivation for doing yoga? How do you get back on track?

B: Of course. When I do, I just wait until interest takes me back to the mat. Right now, for example, I prefer sitting in meditation to doing posture practice. However, it can reverse again at any time. Interest and motivation comes in waves and I like to just to wait for the next one. You can’t push the river as they say.
Q: Do you do any other form of exercise?
B: I just started running this summer to challenge my asthmatic lungs. I´m shit at it though! I doubt it will last the winter. It´s probably just one of those silly projects.

Q: Who inspire your yoga practice?

B: The whole community around Dynamic Yoga is a great inspiration for me. Several of my colleagues in Denmark, the other Dynamic Yoga senior teachers and senior trainers are feeding my work and challenging my assumptions all the time. And I love the teaching language that is cross-breeding between us. My main inspiration is of course my teacher Godfrey who is the originator of the Dynamic Yoga training method. I´ve been studying with him since I started teaching. Lately I´ve been on retreat with a zen master who taught Godfrey way back in the 1980íes, his name is Genpo Roshi. I definitely want to do more with him too!

Q: Have you ever felt so attached to someone or something that you couldn’t let them or it go even though they didn’t serve you any purpose?

B: Sure! All kinds of lame things. I´m quite attached to a pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos that I never managed to wear for more than once, and only for about 20 minutes. I just can’t drop them even though they hurt my feet and are totally useless! I´m also still quite attached to my sense of self and all its little fantasies about its own existence and power. I just can´t seem to let go of it, even though it has become quite clear to me that it’s a fantasy. The idea of “me” has no grounding in reality. I´ve already been so many different people in this life that it makes me sweat just thinking about it. Still I hopple on with my stupid stilettos in my hand calling myself Birgitte as if that was a solid and permanent entity. But hey, if I really had “learned to let go of attachment” once and for all, there would be no “me” left to make that claim. It would be tricky to do an interview with such a person ha ha ha.

Q: How do you suggest we learn to let go of attachment?

B: I suppose letting go is not an act of doing. It’s something that happens when we stop doing. Letting go, surrendering is a spontaneous impact of doing yoga. It happens when it happens. I did at one point get very intensely into my practice and put my relationship with my yoga mat above everything else for quite some time (quite attached, paradoxically). That resulted in quite a few years where i got very “detached” from my friends, society, politics, science or the world in general. Life outside my practice simply did not interest me very much. I actually woke up one morning looking at my two kids and found myself thinking “child” rather than “my child”. It just happened! I really didn’t mean to. Let me stress: I don’t see that sort of behaviour as an accomplishment at all! In fact, I think that all my so-called detachment was just a cover up for a great big fear of being vulnerable here in this crazy world where things can hurt like hell and your loved ones can be taken from you at any moment. Detachment, when turned into a project in itself, can easily become a form of spiritual bypassing; a way of using spiritual practice to not have to deal with the difficulties in life. So to me attachments are part and parcel of being human. It’s just one side of a whole coin. My two kids need me to be deeply attached in order for them to survive. And one day I’ll need to let go of some of that attachment for them to thrive and live their own life. Right now my practice is just to live and be present in relationships with other living creatures as fully and freely as possible. Not trying to hold on and not trying to let go either. I´m not saying I’m good or bad at it. It´s just an enquiry.

Q: if you could only do one pose what would it be?

B: Savasana! Or wait…sitting in half lotus on my cushion… argh! That´s a hard one. I’ll have to think about it.

Q: how do you eat? What foods do you include the most? What do you avoid?
B: I eat whatever my body wants. Except peanuts. I’m so allergic you could kill me with a bag of peanuts.

Q: do you have any advice for us to become less disconnected to ourselves and more in tune with what goes on in our body/mind?

B: We have a saying in Dynamic Yoga: “Follow the delight – Feel sensation”. Right now your body is breathing, feel the nostrils changing temperature. Right now your heart is beating, feel the pulsation of blood in your chest, your hands, your fingers. Feel the pull of gravity, feel your muscles respond. Feel your feet touching the ground, your lips touching each other, the soft pressure of air against your skin. It´s always available right now. Sensations will keep streaming as long as you are alive. You have never been disconnected from your bodymind. Being consciously aware of body and mind it is just one side of the whole consciousness-coin. Our being includes it all. Yoga is to me an invitation to engage, to say yes to being at one with that which is always, already right here.

 

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Pull the plug, take the plunge and dive into the depths of yoga. This urban retreat will take place in the beautiful Metropolis Yoga Shala at Sluseholmen, an undisturbed city space with plenty of open sky, ocean view and nature walks just around the corner. Each day we will dive deeper into yoga posture flows, meditation allowing you to tune into the subtle delight of being deeply present in the body. Parts of the retreat will take place in practical silence, giving you the opportunity to go deep within.

We offer donation-based accomodation for up to 4 students during the retreat if you are travelling from outside Copenhagen.

The urban retreat is open to all from beginners to the most advanced. All classes will be taught in Danish or English as required. All clases are taught by Birgitte

Friday 17.30-20.30: Introduction and gentle evening yoga class.

Saturday & Sunday 9.00-12.00: Pranayama session, flowing yoga posture practice, seated meditation

Saturday & Sunday 14.00-17.00  Posture exploration or big mind process, guided relaxation

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk  (spaces are booked first come first serve by payment over bank transfer).

Price:

Full cousrse: 1600 DKR (includes 15 hours of teaching, tea and snacks)

Single class: 400 DKR

Saturday and Sunday we ca provide a warm vegetarian lunch for an extra 150 DKR per day.

 

 

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dynamic yoga class with birgitte.

Yoga happens in the body of now. The body you had before, the body “they” have, the body you want to have is never the one actually practicing. This workshop invites you to become intimate with the living, feeling body you are today. Slow mini-flows (ullola) synchronized with the breath invite you to feel more clearly and dive deeper into the subtle heart of yoga practice. Little by little we inquire into becoming one with the miracle under your skin.

Grand Gathering tent

Friday 5:00-6:30pm

Suitable for all levels
Taught in English

When you find the toothpaste in the refrigerator. When you lie awake at 5AM. When the meditation bell rings and you realize you just spent 30 minutes grocery shopping. When your mind goes round and round in circles to the rhythm of whatever rimes with anxiety. Say hello to monkey mind.

Migrating from Buddhist teachings, the concept of monkey mind has today found its way into modern yoga vocabulary. In the popular understanding, monkey mind refers to the incessant, repetitive chatter of your mind, especially (but not exlusively) during meditaton. I´ll leave the Buddhist history of the concept to the scholars. My business here is to reflect on popularity of this metaphor as a cultural phenomenon in modern spiritual practice. As the use of “monkey mind” is beginning to enter colloquial language in yoga studios, meditation circles and even corporate environments across the western world my question, is what does this metaphor do for us? And what can we do with it?

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Split

Most of us are conditioned to experience our encounter with monkey mind as quite irritating. It is painful to experience a hyperactive mind. It is painful to be unable to stop. Adding to this is cultural conditioning. Modern yogis live in a world that is increasingly intolerant to waste of time, fuckups, unproductiveness, daydreaming and irrational behavior. We are expected to be focused, efficient, present, goal oriented and above all: In control.

The concept “Monkey Mind” seems to be doing some work here; externalizing that in us, which do not have “spiritual table manners”. Monkey mind is a concept that helps us distance ourselves from the things we are not proud of. It creates a comfortable split between “me” and that part of me which is hard to own. Here is an example:  When our thinking mind has a brilliant thought, we say: That was me! When it has a random, superfluous, repetitive, embarrassing thought, we say: That was monkey mind. (I´m paraphrasing a dharma talk by zen master Genpo Roshi, go here to hear it live). Consequently, modern yoga and meditation practice easily slips into a domestication project: “Taming the monkey mind”. Disciplining that in us that does not comply to the cultural norm. Show that unruly beast in your head that you mean business!

Show who? Who is the real monkey here? You or your thinking mind? Let´s face it. Without our ability to think, we naked apes would not have lasted a minute in the evolutionary history of planet earth. No way we could have pulled off civilization without creative and wild thinking. Without the human mind´s ability to gnaw incessantly at a problem until it’s solved, we would still be living in trees.

So why is it that once we start doing yoga and meditation we suddenly see the thinking process as “not me”, something we need to tame and control, something we need to distance ourselves from. Maybe we have been taught to split our heads in two so we can maintain an illusion of control. Maybe we just can´t bear life in our own skin, maybe the pain is just too much to bear. I have no idea. I do, however have a feeling that separation, domestication and control is not going to deliver the permanent peace that yoga so boldly promisess. On the contrary it may be pushing us further into suffering.

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War

My best guess is that if you really do have a monkey in your head, it is likely to behave like any other wild animal. It does not purr and cuddle when met with insensitivity and domination. If yoga and meditation becomes a project of externalizing or demanding docility and obedience from your mind, don´t be surprised if it gets up at 5 in the morning to slap you around while it can. In bed, on the yoga mat, in meditation, when bored, when anxious. Any chance it gets, your monkey will fight for free expression. And we fight back. Sometimes we become loud and irritable “schhhh!. Sometimes we do it with soft bells, smiley voice, endless patience and a hidden agenda of slowly and silently strangeling the monkey in our heads by teaching it how to sit still and be quiet. I´m imagining that to the monkey mind, both strategies feel like a cage, one slightly more manipulative than the other, yet still a cage.

When monkeys feel entrapped and need a way out they can keep a pace and intensity that will drive any human insane! Monkeys are strong, agile and incredibly fast. But that temporary calm of your inner monkey can be a deceptive form of compliance. When the bell rings, when you are trying to go to sleep, when somebody pushes your buttons, monkey mind will take the opportunity to drag you by the heels into your darkest, deepest shadow and have its way with you. Oh that battle ground of Man against monkey mind. Mind against itself. An auto-immune response to spiritual self-improvement. Fighting Monkey Mind is a battle you can’t win.

Unless, of course, you are willing to loose.

Very few people have taught the art of completely loosing it. It’s a bold move to give up and leave the battle ground. It takes tremendous trust. I met only two teachers who extend this invitation to me – and really meant it. One, Genpo Roshi, teaches zen, the other, Godfrey Devereux, teaches yoga. In their respective approaches we find some interesting ideas of how to relate with the the monkey mind metaphor in new and productive ways. Both seem to have left the battleground of a split mind at war with itself to step onto a path of becoming intimate with that which we tend to externalize or push away as “not me”.

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Intimacy

In zen (Genpo style) Losing it means allowing the splitting mechanism in our head to break down by becoming one with whatever happens. In relation to the problem of monkey mind, this could be done in many ways. If for example you are sitting, sit as monkey mind. Become one with the unruly thinking process. Let me just stress, sitting as is not the same as sitting with monkey mind. Sitting with is akin to witnessing or observing the mind. This is just another split. The observer and the observed. A trip to the zoo.

Sitting as monkey mind is different. It means no separation. No bars between you and the beast in your head. Enter the cage. Become monkey mind. In this version of zen practice it is just a matter of letting go and relaxing into that which is happening here and now. Genpo says:

There is no barrier to begin with, nor a window to go through. The other shore does not exist. If this shore is not enough, it’s too bad
(Genpo Roshi, 1994)

You already are monkey mind. Becoming one with it it not going to another shore, its staying here and becoming intimate with what we are. If we are full of confused, repetivite, imaginary chatter that is what we need to become one with. So here we encounter an approach of leavning the domestication project and unleashing the wild thinking process with no agenda of control. Becoming monkey mind means getting intimate with thinking. Honoring and empowering the mind to do its job and become one with thinking (if that´s what is happening at that moment, could be sensation, sound, emotion, action, anything). If 40 minutes of planning in seated meditation is what is going on, let it. You are still sitting. If reconstructed memory, imaginary scenarios, or incessant, insane, repetitive commentary is happening then allow it to run amok. You are already here sitting. There is nowhere else to be than where you are now. This is it. You have always already arrived where you should be. Whatever arises, the zen path of intimacy is to become one with it. Allowing yourself the freedom of having no agenda for what goes through your head. Even the agenda of having no agenda is unneccessary.

In yoga (Godfrey style) the practice of intimacy is primarily a somatic one. Similar to the zen approach yoga does not begin with splitting the observing subject (mind) and the observed object (body).  The path of intimacy in yoga encourages an immersion into activities that are already expressing the unity underlying our ideas of body/mind. Feeling sensation is one such process. Feeling is not the same as observing, labelling, naming, verbalizing or visualizing what is going on in the body. Feeling has no split. It is an invitation to intimacy, to become one with. No bars.

Where was your mind when you were fully engaged in that first kiss from your first love? Doing its job: Enjoying it! Relaxing into the delight, completely gone in kissing. (If it was a really good kiss – that is). For yoga posture practice we could call Godfrey´s strategy: Give the monkey a banana. One implication is practicing pain-free movement. No intense, acey or sharp sensations, no alarm bells ringing in your joints. Yoga posture practice should feel soft and delicious like a good kiss.When your joints are not in any immediate threat or danger the mind does not have to think and work out ways to stop the threat or prevent injury. Neither does it have to disocciate into a dream land far away from the painful sensations that sometimes are our bodies. Hence it can relax into feeling whatever sensations arise  (if you take ahimsa seriously and practice in a way that does not harm your joints) perhaps also enjoying the more and more subtle , elusive, soft sensations. In time we can perhaps practice intimcy with whatever sensations arise, even the ones that are not comfortable. Emotional pain such as fear, anger or grief often have a rythmic sensation-complex to them that can be felt deeply and appreciated for being what they are. But in yoga posture practice, the Godfrey-strategy would be to allow soft delight to draw us in and internalize the mind until we completely lose the battle of distinctions and splits and become one with sensation. Feeling sensations invites a becoming one with, simply because there is nowhere else we would rather like to be than here feeling the sensations that are our body at this moment in time.

So does that solve the monkey mind problem? Godfrey says:

                “It doesn’t mean that the monkey mind runs away. The monkey mind is still there. Having its fun while disturbing no one. Because there is no one there to be disturbed”
(Godfrey Devereux, recorded teaching).

So similar to the “becoming one with” approach of zen, this approach to yoga invites us to feel sensation so intimately that the one who experiences disturbing thoughs dissolves into that which is experienced. From that place it doesn´t matter what that monkey supposedley living in your head is up to. You are the tingling in your fingertips, the delight of your breath, the throbbing of pulses, the spaciousness, tightness, hardness, softness, flow, warmth, coolness, rhythm, sound, thinking.

So in both approaches, as i understand them, monkey mind is not neccessarily a problem in itself. Our relationship to this concept of someone thinking crazy thoughts inside our head is what makes us suffer.  If we do buy into the idea that there is a monkey in our minds then it seems the best thing we can do is become intimate with it. Turning away from it, fighting it, training it, taming it, domesticating it is a declaration of a war you can´t win anyway. Any fight with your mind is only a fight within your mind. (This includes the battle against your own tendency to fight with your mind btw!). The path of intimacy allows you to give up, loose that battle and win something much more satisfying.

When not under attack, monkeys can be quite peaceful creatures. Have you seen a monkey picking its fur or eating? When engaged in something interesting, they just chill out in quiet activity. One of my colleagues once tried to sit still and meditate until the monkey that was sitting in the tree a few meters away had moved. The monkey won. Of course! It was totally relaxed, it had no agenda. It was chilling out as monkey. Not trying to accomplish anything it wasn´t already doing.

The same thing is going on in you when you meditate or practice yoga postures. When you become intimate with what is happening, your mind goes quiet all by itself. No taming, stopping, stilling, cultivating, domesticating necessary.  When a wild monkey is left in peace, it feels safe. When it feels safe it relaxes. When nobody needs its presence or activity, a relaxed monkey may actually use the break to get some rest.

 

For a more on the teachings of Genpo Roshi go here

For a more on the teachings of Godfrey Devereux go here

Yoga is no longer the exclusive privilege of solitary cave men. Today´s yogis work for money, have relationships and live busy lives. This can spark the apparent dilemma between “my yoga practice” and “dealing with stuff”. You can hear it when we modern yogis talk about practice as that other thing we need to counter balance our life. We use yoga as an anti-dote to stress. We use yoga a bit of non-doing in a week of frantic activity. We use yoga as a bit of “yin” to all that “yang”. (fill in your favorite). Modern yoga seems to be fraught with a bittersweet longing for the cave, the alternative, the other. This is how we practice when life gets a little too hectic: to get a break, to heal and rest. There is nothing wrong with this. It really does get us a long way and we really do need it.

 

As we move further into our practice things may change. We discover that the cave is just another place in the world, not an antidote, not a separate space outside it. That the same old stuff is going on in here as everywhere else. Because whatever we do, the things happening now are our life, there is no cave to hide in, you are always right in the middle of it. The good news is that you are then also always smack in the middle of your yoga practice. You never left. Disturbing thoughts, pain, difficult relationships, stress, loneliness, joy, love, children, friends, parties, food, email, taxes, work, these are all here as part of your practice. This is the moment where yoga stops being that other thing we do to get a break from a busy life. Where we discover yoga as an invitation to become one with the constant activity of life.

 

Any yoga posture can extend that invitation to intimacy, to become one with, to needing nothing “other”. Solitary cave men had bodies just like you and me. And becoming one with the body through deeply feeling it, will blur all our neat distinctions between activity and release, holding on and letting go. Feeling the body in dynamic movement, we can encounter a deep inner stillness. Feeling the body in passive stillness, we can encounter subtle pulsations, rhythms and activities. Being still is not other than moving. Moving is not other than stillness. The same logic goes for yoga and that which apparently seems like “not yoga”. Perhaps your practice is no other than your life.

Teaching yoga is a rewarding job in itself. It is also a job that takes a little extra. The originality and freshness of your teaching comes from the depth of your living practice. This retreat helps you find ways to teach from your body rather than from knowledge or belief. It is also an opportunity to get inspiration and peer support to help you thrive in your working life. We are open for trained (and trainee) yoga teachers from all branches of the yoga family tree. The retreat is not a training in any particular approach to yoga. Instead, we will refine the way you translate the feeling intelligence of your own body into verbal instructions. You will receive 35 hours of teaching in 5 days, deepening your somatic understanding of yoga posture practice.

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A typical day

Each day begins early with a quiet sitting followed by a long flow-based yoga class addressing the theme of the day. You will learn to activate your body in a way that supports feeling sensation as the compass for your practice (as oposed to learning fixed principles of alignment or traditional “full” postures). Birgitte will take you through a structured sequence of classes based on becoming a little more sensitive to the changes in sensation within you. This way of teaching is an invitation for you to access an intelligent response to what you can feel from the wisdom of your own body. Each day will sensitize specific joints of the body and invite you to listen deeply to what they have to say.

Afternoons will focus on somatic self-enquiry and/or refining your teaching skills. Guided experiments on the mat will help you explore the difference between “action” and “impact” in yoga postures to help you get clearer about how instructions could be more helpful for your students. You will be introduced to two levels of verbal instruction useful to promote safety, clarity and depth in your teaching. You will spend time in groups clarifying muscular actions and their impacts in the body and playing with layers of instruction.

The evenings focus on dialogue and reflection. Birgitte will use the Big Mind process (developed by Genpo Roshi) to facilitate a group dialogue. We will explore themes and dilemmas that comes up for you professionally and find resources to support you where you are. The evenings are structured gruup dialouges allowing you to tap into the wisdom already within you.

Place: A beautiful 250-m2 house in Sweden, surrounded by a private forest. (at the border between Skåne and Blekinge, nearest town in Lönsboda) Accommodation in shared rooms . Maximum number of students is 10

Price: 4.895 DKR. This covers 35 hours of teaching and food/chef. We  know you don’t make much money as a yoga teacher, so on this retreat we keep accommodation FREE and instead we help each other out around the house and kitchen during the retreat.

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Birgitte Gorm Hansen

Birgitte has been teaching workshops for yoga teachers for the past many years and have served as external examiner and guest teacher in several teacher trainings. Her 20 years of spiritual practice (14 of them teaching yoga) adds a rare depth and clarity to her work. Her workshops have inspired many students to let go of the need for external authority and allow the wisdom of their own body become the driving force in their practice. She has a nerdy and fun approach to exploring yoga practice and never ceases to learn from her body, her students, her colleagues and her teachers.  Originally trained as a psychologist (PhD) Birgitte has taught well over 5000 hours of yoga. In the past 2 years she has been in training with zen master Genpo Roshi to become a Big Mind Facilitator.

“Monkey mind” is the part of you that fills your head with chatter and throws peanuts in your face when you are trying to “do yoga” or sit in meditation. Monkey mind is playing up when we find ourself lying awake in bed, when we put the toothpaste in the refrigerator or when we spend an entire yoga class thinking about…whatever! This workshop will help you make friends with your monkey mind, getting the benefit of its power, strength and speed rather than trying to tie it down. We begin with a facilitated dialogue with the part of our mind that is wild and unruly and sometimes disturbs us in our daily life. From there we slide on to the yoga mat for a softly flowing posture practice, relaxation and seated meditation.

The workshop is open to anyone, especially if you sometimes feel disturbed by your thinking mind.

Time: 9.30-13.00

Price: 399 kr

Booking: Mobile Pay 28892450 write to info@dynamicyoga.dk to confirm your booking or to pay via bank transfer.

 

Yoga is no longer just the privilege of meditating cave men. Modern yogis live engaged lives full of relationships and responsibility. This sometimes leaves us with an apparent dilemma of balancing our time for practice and everyday life. Instead of seeing yoga as the art of balancing two separate things, these two workshops will approach yoga as an invitation to intimacy. Perhaps yoga practice is not something “other” than our daily activities, but rather an invitation to become one with them. Using your body as a doorway, we explore the possibility of becoming intimate with what you can feel. In this way yoga reveals the underlying unity between apparent separations and trade-offs. Feeling the body in dynamic movement, we access internal stillness. Feeling the body in static postures, we find subtle movement and pulse. Perhaps, your practice really is no other than your life.

Saturday 10.00-13.00 Moving into stillness

A soft, dynamic yoga posture practice where flow and activity invites your mind to go quiet. Using repetitive movement (ullola) we become intimate with body and mind. The class ends in a long relaxation and a little dialogue over tea

Sunday 13.00-16.00 The subtle pulse

Using movement as preparation, this class explores holding yoga postures in stilness for a longer period of time. Stillness is here used as an invitation to feel the subtle blissful pulsation of life under your skin. Ends with a guided relaxation and a seated meditation.

Price: 400 DKR per class

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

Exotic as it was to teach retreats around Europe for 3 months it feels quite lovely come back home. Looking at the kids going off to school this morning I caught myself thinking that things will go back to normal now.
The mind is a funny one.
Back to normal? As if that had ever actually happened! Every time I feel prepared, every time I think I know what to do, every time I think I have it nailed, something unimaginable kicks in. Moreover, reality always seem to surpass the scenarios I manage to conjure up about the future. There is always more.

“Back to normal” is a concept. We use it to repress the fact that we are standing on a tiny blue planet moving through infinite space at an incredible speed with only a thin layer of transparent atmosphere to protect itself from collision. “Back to normal” is a way of repressing the radical fragility of being alive. Life is bursting with new variations; every new cell your body produces is slightly different from the last. By the end of today, most of the electrons making up the molecules in your underwear will have switched place with those making up the molecules of your skin. You are being born again every moment and there is no stopping it. Who am I to say that the tiny life of a Danish yoga teacher life will “go back to normal”? Who am I kidding?

A yoga teacher ought to know better. Yoga is a bit like water. It has no agenda, no preconceived ideas, no pre-planned route, no mold or form. It just encounters whatever is happening and takes shape according to what it runs through. Sometimes white and wild, sometimes it looks so quiet you could think it is standing still. But its movement can’t be blocked.

It is never “just another yoga class” because your body is different now than it was yesterday. All you need to do is take a moment to feel it. It is never the same teaching because the teaching changes like water depending on what it is passing through. Teaching yoga is always the product of an immediate body-to-body relationship, which cannot be pre-planned, cannot be figured out in advance. It can only be felt and responded to.

But even if we know better , we yoga teachers plan and prepare constantly. We buy plane tickets, we study, we practice, we spend a lot of time with our calendar. We have to. You can go to my events calendar page and see the grand scheme laid out for this autumn. It´s kind of a cute neurosis, really. We humans survive by pretending that tomorrow will match our expectations. That the plane will leave the ground, that the planet will still be orbiting around the sun, that we will still be breathing.

But once we actually get there, I guarantee you that it´s never going to be exactly as we imagined. Something new will – nilly willy – add itself to the mix and make a difference. We know this in our hearts, but we pretend to forget because it’s just too much to handle. Instead, we make up the story of “another day in the office”. As if that day ever arrived! If you pay attention, you can see difference seeping in everywhere.

The miracle is not how things change. The miracle is how things occasionally manage to appear stable! When the water runs so smoothly it seems to be standing still. Your life, your personality, your body, your another-day.in-the-office-experience is excactly such a miracle. Yoga is an invitation to explore the depths and currents underlying the miracle of your life.

“To be one is always to become with many” (Donna Haraway).

Body

There is no way to be sure. But I read in a book the other day that human genomes can be found in only about 10 percent of the cells that make up my body. The other 90 percent are filled with genomes from other species. No kidding! For every cell in your body there are approximately 10 more microscopic organisms living in you. That composite “thing” that we all like to call “human” is apparently filled to the brim with “other” species. Some microorganisms make you healthy, some make you sick and some are just in for a free ride.

You are not only you. You are also genes you exchange with your pet or your child’s virus infection. You are the plant you ate, the milk that was in your coffee. The pollen you inhaled, the bacteria you ingested while eating a carrot. Our bodies are mixtures, composite organisms. The author of the book, science studies professor Donna Haraway, boldly states: “We have never been human”. It seems that what I call “My body” is only being held together by a temporary and precarious orchestration of immune responses. This precarious balance allows me to feel, move, breathe, experience, speak, think. For a while. How rare and precious and that orchestration is. When I die, those 90% “other” will take advantage of “my” cells in new ways and the “we” will be mixed anew with more species. My body was “we” from the very beginning. Still, if it died today someone would mourn over the loss of this partiular body. It´s never going to exist again in this particular composition.

Speech

Consider the words you’ve just read. I’m not the only one talking here. Not even the language is mine! I was not born a native English speaker. The text above is full to the brim with the words of “others”. It mixed genes with american post-feminists, science studies, french sociology, microbiome theory, zen, yoga, tibetan buddhism, classrooms, the QWERTY keyboard, software, engineers, webhosts, electricity, burning coal, windmills. 

We could go on. The orchestration of words you read here is probably less mine than my body is human. I can´t even take credit for 10%. And as you read, this text, it is already decomposing. “My” speech is already cross breeding with “yours” the moment you ingested it with your eyes. It came from elsewhere and you already transformed it with your understanding. Speech is a gigantic, transformational “we” breathing us through and through. Still, you can hold me accountable for my writing. And I’ll agree to that. I’ll take responsibility for what is  being said by me.

Mind

We are taught to think of the mind as a private enclosure. These are “my” thoughts, “my” decisions. Right? But are they only my thoughts? Right now I have a song in my head that was played on the radio this morning. Rhianna. Again. I didn´t ask for that! If I try to trace back each of the decisions that run through my head in a day I get lost in the number of shoulders they all stand on. Thought does not seem to arise in isolation, my mind seems to me to be intimately merged with whatever it is in relationship to. Philosopher Michel Serres wrote:

“I think therefore I am anyone. A tree, a river, a number, an ivy, a reason or you, whatever (…) I think therefore I am not. I think, therefore I do not exist. Who am I? A blank domino, a joker that can take any value (…) I am just the plain whore of the thoughts that accost me” (Serres, 1995, p.31)

Serres suggests that thought does not arise from an isolated entity called “I”. They travel through us like a draft wind, they come on to us and mixes us up in new becomings. If your mind decides you want to to have a baby, a hundred million thoughts and decisions that it did not plan or choose will make a pass at you. How to make a baby? Fertility cycles, hormones, suitable partners, what if it fails? If a baby enters your life, you become the thought-whore of diaper commercials and baby food experts. Doctors, statistics, moral values and institutions will chat up your mind and change it. You become the vehicle of a new expression of love that never existed before that particular baby was born. A draft wind blowing through you full force.

In the Victorian age, spiritual thinking was all about “channeling” messages from spirits. Not coincidentally,  this kind of thinking arose alongside the discovery of wireless transmission (later known as radio). Today yoga teaches will talk about “downloading” inspiration for their classes from “consciousness”. Channeling spirits, radio waves, downloading teachings, internet. Thoughts are constantly cross breeding and mixing genes. They are not only mine or yours. Mind is mixed from the beginning. With technology, with babies, with theory, music, relationships, books, nature, time, numbers, spaces, with bare feet on sand, with the taste of lemon. Mind is a wide open big breath blowing through nonstop. A universal composite being with a very particular “me-effect”. “My” mind is inarguably not yours. There is a difference. I take responsibility for the concious decisions it pretends to make.

Enquiry

Where are we going with this? Trace back your body/ speech/mind and all you find is a big warm welcome to paradox. The personal and the impersonal, the universal and the particular are deeply entangled. Or should we say non-separate? Or dare we say empty of a separate existence? Look closely and you find mixtures… mixtures… mixtures all the way down. More enquiry.

We could go on. To the classical question: Who am i?  Or (given that 90% of me may be non-human): “What am i?” Am I a blank domino? A joker? A hollow bone being played like a flute? The witness? God? A carrot? Bacteria? Consciousness? Love? The deeper we go, the more perplexing it gets. What is this body, really? Who is speaking? What is thinking?

What is this???

There is no way to be sure. But I would like to suggest, (for now), that holding those questions fuel that eternal beginning called yoga. And that finding The Answer may be the (dead) end.

Pull the plug, take the plunge and dive into the depths of yoga. This urban retreat will take place in the beautiful Metropolis Yoga Shala at Sluseholmen, an undisturbed city space with plenty of open sky, ocean view and nature walks just around the corner. Each day we will dive deeper into yoga posture flows and meditation allowing you to tune into the subtle delight of being deeply present in the body. Parts of the retreat will take place in practical silence, giving you the opportunity to go deep within.

We offer donation-based accomodation for up to 4 students during the retreat if you are travelling from outside Copenhagen.

The urban retreat is open to all . All classes will be taught by Birgitte

Friday 17.30-20.30: Introduction and gentle evening yoga class.

Saturday & Sunday 9.00-12.30: Pranayama session, flowing yoga posture practice, seated meditation

Saturday & Sunday 14.00-17.00  Exploration, dialouge, soft yoga posture practice, guided relaxation

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk  (spaces are booked first come first serve by payment over bank transfer).

Price:

Single class: 400 DKR

Single day: 700 DKR

Full workshop 1700 DKR (includes 15 hours of teaching, tea and snacks)

For an extra 150 DKR per day a warm vegetarian lunch will be provided on saturday and sunday.

 

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Yoga is no longer just the privilege of meditating cave men. Modern yogis live engaged lives full of relationships and responsibility. This sometimes leaves us with an apparent dilemma of balancing our time for practice and “normal life”. Instead of seeing yoga as the art of balancing two separate things, this series og mini-workshops will approach yoga as an invitation to intimacy with what is here. Perhaps yoga practice is not something “other” than our daily activities, but rather an invitation to become one with them. Using your body as a doorway, we explore the underlying unity between apparent separations. Perhaps, your practice really is no other than your life.

Contrary to the traditional yoga retreat, an urban retreat invites you to bring the depth of your yoga practice into the city space, your social comitments and relationships. It takes place in the beautiful Metropolis Yoga Shala at Sluseholmen, an undisturbed city space with plenty of open sky and ocean view, yet only 15 minutes from the center of the city. Each day we will dive deeper into yoga posture flows and meditation allowing you to tune into the subtle delight of being deeply present in the body. Parts of the retreat will take place in practical silence, part of it will take place in lively dialouge.

We offer donation-based accomodation for up to 4 students during the retreat if you are travelling from outside Copenhagen.

The urban retreat is open to all . All classes will be taught by Birgitte

Friday 17.30-20.30: Introduction and gentle evening yoga class.

Saturday-Monday: 

9.00-12.30: Pranayama session, flowing yoga posture practice, seated meditation

14.00-17.00  Exploration or group inquiry, soft yoga posture practice, relaxation.

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk  (spaces are booked first come first serve by payment over bank transfer).

Price:

Single class: 400

Single day: 700

Full retreat: 2400 DKR (includes 21  hours of teaching, tea and snacks)

For an extra 150 DKR per day a warm vegetarian lunch will be provided on saturday, sunday and monday.

 

 

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Our autumn Dynamic Yoga intensive takes place in the island of Lesvos. Practice yoga in one of the most beautiful, well-kept yoga shalas in Europe. Milelja retreat center has been hosting retreats for nearly 30 years in a homely and intimate atmosphere, plunged right in between the deep blue Mediterranean and the rough volcanic mountains. We welcome students of all levels and branches of the yoga family tree. You will be given a carefully sequenced somatic education that takes you straight to the subtle heart of yoga posture practice.

In response to the current situation at the coastlines in Southern Europe, this retreat will donate all revenue to organized care for the refugees arriving in Lesbos. For each new participant booking after september 1st we will donate 399 EUR of your payment to care (corresponding with the amount you pay for the yoga sessions). We are in weekly contact with Milelja retreat center to get news of the local area. As we are located in the country side remote from the large roads, things are peaceful and tranquil at the retreat center itself. If you wish to bring and donate blankets, clothes or sleeping bags we will help you distribute this to local organizers.

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A typical day:

Each day will begin with a sunrise pranayama session in our warm, wooden yoga hall. From sitting in silence we then rool directly on to the yoga mat for a slow-flowing, dynamic posture practice landing in relaxation and seated meditation. Over the week Birgitte will guide you through 6 progressive practices allowing you to sensitize, recalibrate, mobilize and strengthen your body without struggle or pain. After the morning practice our hosts will serve a full vegetarian brunch buffet (fresh local produce is used whenever possible). Morning yoga is nice to do on an empty stomach. However, if you do need to eat a little breakfast before the morning classes we have fruit, nuts or müsli available in the dining room early in the morning and during the day if you need a snack.

The afternoon sessions will alternate between longer workshops or shorter gentle yoga classes. The workshops will help you clarify the Dynamic Yoga Training Method to make sure it works for the body you have today. Here we will do little explorations together through dialogue and partner work ending with a gentle floor-practice and preparing you to dive deeper the next day. The shorter yoga classes are to nourish and relax you by tuning in to the subtle presence of body and breath. On days with shorter sessions you have some free time between brunch and afternoon class where you can rest, chill at the pool, hike or explore the beautiful nature of the north island. Some days the retreat center arranges a hot pool dip for muscle relaxation. You can also book a massage or treatment in the in-house wellness clinic.

Most nights we will gather for an early home cooked dinner at the retrerat center. For the first and last evening of the retreat we will eat out. The old village of Molyvos is just 20 minutes away by foot and kept in its original narrow streets and stone cottages with lots of lovely tavernas and cafes.

Evenings you will be given the space to sit in silent meditation with the rest of the group before going off to bed. We sit in intervals ranging from 15 to 60 minutes depending on your experience and training. Everyone is free to drop quietly in or out of the yoga hall. Instructions will be given on how to sit comfortably either on a cushion or a chair if  needed.

We offer practical silence periods between 22.00 and 7.30 each day (meaning we go quiet, but of course can ask questions or give practical messages). Meditation and silence periods are optional. They are offered as an opportunity to deepen your practice if you have the interest. If you want to take an offline detox from your electronic communication we can fully support that. For those who need to use email, intenret or skype their loved ones during the retreat we have a free wifi zone near the pool deck.

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Program:

October 3rd is arrival day, check in time from 15.00. October 10th is departure day, yoga class early in the morning and check out from your room around 10.30 More program details coming up soon.

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Prices and Booking:

The teaching fee is 399 EUR covering all yoga and meditation sessions (total of 35 contact hours). You can reserve a space by paying a non-refundable deposit of 200 EUR. (The remaining 199 EUR is due before February 1st).Everything else is paid separately and directly to our hosts.

Board and lodging is payable directly to Milelja Retreat Center on arrival.  Treatments, dinners outside the retreat center, local transport and flight are not included in the prices. We will do our best to help you organize airport taxis so you can share if anyone arrives around the same time.

Send an email to info@dynamicyoga.dk to book your space.

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Food: For 1 arrival meal, 1 departure breakfast, 5 brunch buffets, 5 dinners, complementary fruit, müsli, tea and water the price is 185 EUR.

Airport taxi: 70-80 EUR

Room prices per person for the whole retreat (7 nights):

Category A
Room with terrace and bathroom, spacious balcomy with ocean peek or
Room with Spacious balcony, sharing bathroom with room next door
Double pr. person:                 320 EUR
Single:                                   445 EUR

Category B
Room without balcony or apartment. Sharing bathroom with room next door.
Double per person:              285 EUR
Single:                                    395 EUR

Category C
23 m2 apartment with terrace, bath & Kitchen
Double per person                   360 EUR
Single:                                        490 EUR

Category D
40 m2 luxurious apartment, Terace, bath & Kitchen
Double pr. person:                   400 EUR
Single                                          590 EUR

Category E
40 m2 luxurious apartment, Terace, bath & Kitchen

Triple per person                           330 EUR

It’s December again. If you have already maxed out on corporate christmas trees, jingles, junk food and drunk middle managers then join us for an alternative christmas party. Invite your friends to a day of intimatly sensitive yoga and delicious vegetarian food.

Morning classes are taught by Birgitte as an energizing flow of yoga postures that recalibrates and sensitizes your whole body.

At lunch our experienced yoga-retrerat chef Melodie will serve a warm, home-cooked meal with a special christmas theme. Melodie has extensive experience with cooking for Dynamic Yoga retreats and is well attuned to the needs of your body between and after yoga.

In the afternoon Birgitte guides you back to the mat for a softer practice allowing you to let go of unneccessary tension. The day ends with a hot drink and raw food sweet treats prepared by Melodie, leaving you time to hang out, ask questions and share experiences before going home.

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You can book each day or each class as an individual event or come and stay for the whole weekend if you prefer. Studetns from outside Copenhagen are welcome to sleep over in the yoga room.

Maximum number of participants in this exclusive workshop is 14. Spaces are booked first come first serve.

Program:

Saturday December 6th

9.30-12.30: Energizing yoga class

14.30-17.30: Deepening and gentle yoga class

Sunday December 7th 

9.30-12.30: Energizing yoga class

14.30-17.30: Soft restorative glass

 

Prices:

All weekend 1200 DKR

One day 700 DKR

Single class 400 DKR

Lunch per day: 130 DKR

Teaching in English if required

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

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We are going again! Get ready for a Dynamic Yoga intensive in the island of Lesvos. Practice yoga in one of the most beautiful, well-kept yoga shalas in Europe. Every wooden nail is hammered in with love! Milelja retreat center has been hosting retreats for nearly 30 years in a homely and intimate atmosphere, plunged right in between the deep blue Mediterranean and the rough volcanic mountains. We welcome students of all levels and branches of the yoga family tree. You will be given a carefully sequenced somatic education that takes you straight to the subtle heart of yoga posture practice.

Our spring intensive takes place April 7-14th 2015 (for flight flexibility we offer check in already on the 6th of april, giving you an extra day of rest before we begin)

PS: we are also going on October 2015, click here for more info

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A typical day:

Each day will begin with a sunrise pranayama session in our warm, wooden yoga hall. From sitting in silence we then rool directly on to the yoga mat for a slow-flowing, dynamic posture practice landing in relaxation and seated meditation. Over the week Birgitte will guide you through 6 progressive practices allowing you to sensitize, recalibrate, mobilize and strengthen your body without struggle or pain. After the morning practice our hosts will serve a full vegetarian brunch buffet (fresh local produce is used whenever possible). Morning yoga is nice to do on an empty stomach. However, if you do need to eat a little breakfast before the morning classes we have fruit, nuts or müsli available in the dining room early in the morning and during the day if you need a snack.

The afternoon sessions will alternate between longer workshops or shorter gentle yoga classes. The workshops will help you clarify the Dynamic Yoga Training Method to make sure it works for the body you have today. Here we will do little explorations together through dialogue and partner work ending with a gentle floor-practice and preparing you to dive deeper the next day. The shorter yoga classes are to nourish and relax you by tuning in to the subtle presence of body and breath. On days with shorter sessions you have some free time between brunch and afternoon class where you can rest, chill at the pool, hike or explore the beautiful nature of the north island. Some days the retreat center arranges a hot pool dip for muscle relaxation. You can also book a massage or treatment in the in-house wellness clinic.

Most nights we will gather for an early home cooked dinner at the retrerat center. For the first and last evening of the retreat we will eat out. The old village of Molyvos is just 20 minutes away by foot and kept in its original narrow streets and stone cottages with lots of lovely tavernas and cafes.

Evenings you will be given the space to sit in silent meditation with the rest of the group before going off to bed. We sit in intervals ranging from 15 to 60 minutes depending on your experience and training. Everyone is free to drop quietly in or out of the yoga hall. Instructions will be given on how to sit comfortably either on a cushion or a chair if  needed.

We offer practical silence periods between 22.00 and 7.30 each day (meaning we go quiet, but of course can ask questions or give practical messages). Meditation and silence periods are optional. They are offered as an opportunity to deepen your practice if you have the interest. If you want to take an offline detox from your electronic communication we can fully support that. For those who need to use email, intenret or skype their loved ones during the retreat we have a free wifi zone near the pool deck.

Program

April 6th: As flight connections for the 7th may be limited for last minute bookings hosts have offered early arrival for those who wish to travel already on the 6th of april. The teaching officially starts on the morning of the 8th so feel free to arrive on the 6th or 7th as you like and get a chance to relax and explore the village before we begin. (check in time from 15.00 owards)

April 7th: Arrive at Milelja Retreat Center   (check in time from 15.00 owards). Settle into your room and explore the local village and beach. For late arrivals (after 21.00) we will have a simple meal ready you can grab in the kitchen. If you arrive early we will help you book at table in one of the village tavernas. If enough students arrive early on this day we may plan an early evening class.

April 8th: Sunrise yoga class, welcome and introductions over brunch, afternoon workshop, dinner, meditation

April 9th: Sunrise yoga class, brunch, soft yoga class, dinner, meditation

April 10th: Sunrise yoga class, brunch, afternoon workshop, dinner, meditation

April 11th: Sunrise yoga class, brunch, restorative yoga class, dinner, meditation

April 12th: Sunrise yoga class, brunch, afternoon workshop, dinner, meditation

April 13th: Sunrise yoga class, brunch, soft yoga class, sharing session, dinner in the village

April 14th: Most will catch an early flight before 7AM. However we have open yoga hall for meditaiton and self practice and breakfast buffet for those who want a slow morning. Check out from the room at 10.00 but feel free to hang out and use the pool area until 12.00

 

 

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Prices and Booking:

The teaching fee is 399 EUR covering all yoga and meditation sessions (total of 35 contact hours). You can reserve a space by paying a non-refundable deposit of 200 EUR. (The remaining 199 EUR is due before February 1st). Everything else is paid separately and directly to our hosts.

Board and lodging is payable directly to Milelja Retreat Center on arrival.  Treatments, dinners outside the retreat center, local transport and flight are not included in the prices. We will do our best to help you organize airport taxis so you can share if anyone arrives around the same time.

Send an email to info@dynamicyoga.dk to book your space.

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Food: For 1 arrival meal, 1 departure breakfast, 5 brunch buffets, 5 dinners, complementary fruit, müsli, tea and water the price is 185 EUR.

Airport taxi: 70-80 EUR

Room prices per person for the whole retreat (7 nights):

Category A
Room with terrace and bathroom, spacious balcomy with ocean peek or
Room with Spacious balcony, sharing bathroom with room next door
Double pr. person:                 320 EUR
Single:                                   445 EUR

Category B
Room without balcony or apartment. Sharing bathroom with room next door.
Double per person:              285 EUR
Single:                                    395 EUR

Category C
23 m2 apartment with terrace, bath & Kitchen
Double per person                   360 EUR
Single:                                        490 EUR

Category D
40 m2 luxurious apartment, Terace, bath & Kitchen
Double pr. person:                   400 EUR
Single                                          590 EUR

Category E
40 m2 luxurious apartment, Terace, bath & Kitchen

Triple per person                           330 EUR

This workshop allows you to explore the relationship between awareness, movement and breathing. Following the natural rythm of he breath rather than having to syncronize with the rest of the class invites you to explore the inner rythms of breath, body and awareness. The workshop is open to all and beginners are welcome. The class is especially well-suited of you like to practice yoga in flow and would like to take your practice deeper.

The class is taught in English if required.

Price: 400 DKR

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

an evening workshop with Birgitte in Metropolis Yoga shala.

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As we grow up, we learn to experience our bodies through distinctions. Pain/pleasure, right/left, up/down, inner/outer, self/other are all distinctions necessary for us to navigate in the world. In the same way that we lose the sound of background noise when we are following a conversation, we can easily lose cover up the inherent unity the lies behind our feeling of separateness and distinction. Yoga posture practice is an invitation to rediscover the unity or totality underlying our experience. Practicing yoga from the perspective of unity is not to unite or “put together” something that was once separate. Rather, we will enquire into the possibility of uncovering the indivisible unity upon which our sense of separateness has been conjured.

Birgitte will teach a series of workshops from the perspective of unity. Every workshop includes a long flow-based yoga class, relaxation and seated meditation. Each workshop starts the journey of integration from different parts of the body to give you a step-by-step progression of experiencing how they are interconnected into an indivisible whole. We will be balancing activity and release in physical postures and we will be working with movement and stillness to clarify the unity of yoga. Every workshops ends with a cup of tea and a dialogue.

You can book each workshop individually or combine as you see fit. A discount is given for those who book all 4 workshops as an urban retreat. Students coming from outside Copenhagen are free to stay overnight in the yoga room. If you are booking both Saturday classes, we will order in a vegetarian lunch for you for appr. 100 DKR

Thursday 17.30-20.30 Hands, arms, shoulders

Friday 17.30-20.30: Feet, legs, pelvis

Saturday 9.00-12.30: The spine

Saturday 14.00-17.00: Unity (to join this class you need to have attended minimum 1 of the previous workshops)

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk  Spaces are booked first come first serve by payment over bank transfer, maximum number of students 16.

Prices:

One workshop 400 DKR

The entire workshop series: 1.200 DKR
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TANTRA: THE ART OF LIVING
Being fully alive does not depend on knowledge, wealth, possessions but on being authentic in your own nature. To truly flourish as a human being your true nature as unconditional love needs to be the foundation of your living. This workshop will present Tantra as a way of deep, loving intimacy rather than a practice of exotic erotic sexuality. There will be no exploration or presentation of sexual techniques. Instead we will use yoga posture praxis, pranayama and meditation to engage, release and assimilate the deep energies of being human that underpin our ability to be intimate and satisfied as sexual beings.

Friday 17.00-20.00

TANTRA, THE ART OF LIVING

Godfrey will give a talk on the tantric approach to life, and its implications for human spirituality, sexuality and relationship. The talk will provide a conceptual contextualisation for the weekend workshop, but is open to anyone interested in relationship, sexuality, spirituality or self enquiry.

price: 300DKR

Saturday all day 10.00-18.00 (with lunch break)

MAKING LOVE: THE ART OF INTIMACY
Making love is not a skill, but a frame of mind. Becoming intimate with your own presence as love is the only way to become able to be genuinely intimate in love with others. This session will explore the experiences, attitudes, and tools that can make genuine love a real possibility, while remaining clothed. Using yoga posture praxis, pranayama and meditation godfrey will use refined and focussed instruction to invite you to experience the deep, impersonal love at the heart of human consciousness. Open to anyone interested in love and intimacy regardless of experience in yoga. There will be no sexual activity during this workshop, as we will be exploring the love upon which satisfying sexual activity depends.

Price 700 DKR

Sunday all day 10.00-18.00 (with lunch break)

TANTRA: THE ART OF LIVING
To thrive as a human being in relationship to others core sexual energy must be flowing freely without repression or indulgence.  This requires a deep intimacy with the subtle presence of your body that can allow you to let go of the habits that distort your sexual energy creating difficulties with sensitivity, honesty, openness, intimacy and authenticity. Using yoga posture praxis, pranayama and meditation while clothed godfrey will use intimate instruction and contact to invite you to  access, release and harmonise your core sexual energy so that you can live more freely and fully. Open to anyone interested in being fully alive regardless of experience in yoga. There will be no sexual activity during this workshop, as we will be exploring the energies upon which satisfying sexual activity depends.

Price: 700 DKR

 

Monday 17.00-20.00

DYNAMIC YOGA WORKSHOP

Price: 300 DKR

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

If you book the entire workshop series from Friday night to Monday evening  price is 1700 DKR

 

Love grows like grass. Within and beyond the nuclear family trees trunks, the tiny roots of love shoot out in all directions. Love is an unstoppable multiplicity. A spiky, unbreakable, bristling vitality. Breath by breath, year after year love overgrows an endless array of relational landscapes. Love is wild, ceaseless. Once the small cuttings take root all boundaries come alive. Separateness blurs into an endless, golden wavelike motion.

Love works by its own gentle power.  It is not an act of doing. Love is what happens when we give up the toil. When the mower of preference shuts down, we feel its tingling vibration moving through millions of feathery spikes. Love is the gentle, whispering background noise of life. It bows our head, it beats us to the ground, it buries us under ice, it powders us thick with snow and flowers. To be caressed by the gentle breeze, to receive the hails as they come is love.

Afraid of pain, we find ourselves seized by clinging and cultivation. On such days, we stand with clenched teeth and arms straight down by the sides; fists clutching dry straw. All we wanted was to embrace the infinite meadow, to become one with the soft and the vibrant. On such days, we feel separate. We don’t feel the vast breath of entangled roots beneath. We think we have to become worthy to grow into the world. We pull at the grass.

How to become one with love? We seek, grasp, work, rage. We imagine a union in the horizon and become numb to constant sprouting within the soles of our feet, numb to the growing of love as the tiny hairs in our skin. We try to unite but forget to feel the bristling vitality that constantly breaks through the tarnished contours of self. Love grows, not like grass. It grows as grass, as our fine- branched lungs, our pulsing capillaries, our bone marrow cobwebs, our hurricanes of hair. Tear ducts running wild.

Feel! Under the skin, nerve sitar strings bend and whisper in the wind. They never stop humming the quiet song of sensation: I am love. I cannot be uprooted; I am too vast, too distributed, too manifold. I am love. You cannot possess me, you cannot lose me, you cannot become one with me. You are me.

Nothing but love

Sensations are the inner compass of yoga posture practice. Everything you learned, everything you know, everything do rests on your ability to feel sensation.Feeling is not the same as knowing, observing or labelling what is happening within you. When yoga posture practice takes us deeper than knowledge and internal discourse we come face to face with the teacher within. This intimate evening workshop gives an introduction to Dynamic Yoga as a sensation-based practice. A series of moon salutations landing in supine and prone postures help you go quiet by feeling deeply what is happening in your body. The class ends in a long relaxation and a short seated meditation.

Open to all interested in yoga and/or meditation.

price: 400 DKR

Registration: info@dynamicyoga.dk

Metropolis yoga shala is hosting this evening workshop. Before the practice you can have an ocean dip in the free swimming facility next door. Before you go home we serve a cup of tea on the balcony. If you are travelling from outside copenhagen we offer you to stay overnight (accomodation on donation basis, bed linnen and towles for rent if you dont have your own). Mats, blankets and meditation cushions are provided if you are not bringing your own.

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Soak into softness with an evening floor practice. The class teaches you to activate the deep spinal muscles in a series of safe, gentle backbends. We end our practice with a deep release into the core of your body by way of gentle wave-like movements.

The class is english if required.

Suitable for all levels. No prior knowledge of yoga is neccessary. After the class we serve tea and you can ask questions about the practice or just hang out and enjoy the sunset.

Price: 400 DKR

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

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Pull the plug, take the plunge and dive into the depths of yoga. This urban retreat will take place in the beautiful Metropolis Yoga Shala at Sluseholmen, an undisturbed city space with plenty of open sky, ocean view and nature walks just around the corner. We also have a beautiful wooden swimming facility (Havnebadet sluseholmen) next to the venue if you want a free ocean dip or a rest in the sun between classes.

Each day we will dive deeper into yoga posture flows and meditation allowing you to tune into the subtle delight of being deeply present in the body. Parts of the retreat will take place in practical silence, giving you the opportunity to go deep within.

We offer donation-based accomodation for up to 4 students during the retreat if you are travelling from outside Copenhagen.

The urban retreat is open to all .

All classes will be taught by Birgitte

Friday 17.00-20.00: Introduction and gentle evening yoga class.

Saturday & Sunday 9.00-12.30: Pranayama session, flowing yoga posture practice, seated meditation

Saturday & Sunday 14.00-16.30  A little dialouge, soft yoga posture practice, meditation

Optional extra evening class: If you want an extra day added to your retreat you can book the thursday evening workshop “softening” (17.00-19.00) and add an extra day to your retreat. If you are booked for the urban retreat you will get a 100 DKR discount on thursday night.

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk  (spaces are booked first come first serve by payment over bank transfer).

Price:

1600 DKR (includes 15 hours of teaching, tea and snacks)

For an extra 200 DKR a tasty vegetarian lunch will be provided on saturday and sunday.

 

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A full day workshop open to all from beginner yogis to meditation masters (or vice versa).

Our common sense understanding of the words “yoga” and “meditation” suggest that they are two separate things: One of the body and one of the mind. But as begin to practice either one, we find a deeper unity at their core. This one-day workshop introduces you to the dynamic yoga training method as a way to facilitate meditation in movement. We move from the obvious movements to more subtle ones as we gradually come to stilness in seated meditation towards the end of the day.

10.00-13.00: Movement meditation

a three hour flow of simple and accessible postures taking you deep into your experience of the body as unity

14.00-17.00: Stilness meditation

three rounds of seated meditation bridged by gentle posture practices on your back takes you deeper into stilness

price. 700 DKR

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

the workshpop takes place in the beautiful metropolis yoga shala located at the water front

 

 

saravangasanShoulder inversions are often used as a brief cool-down toward the end of a yoga practice, usually limited to 2-3 of the most well-known variations. However, taking time to prepare for and explore the variations of shoulder inversions is a deeply nourishing practice in itself.

A gentle three-hour flow prepares you for shoulder inversions through the practice of chandra namaskar (moon salutation), activating and integrating the body for inversions while releasing the neck and shouders. The second part of the class will take us up on the shoulders to explore different variations. If you rachh the limit of your capacity Birgitte will help you find alternative postures. The class ends in relaxation and seated meditation.

Price: 400 DKR

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

the workshop takes place in the beautiful Metropolis Yoga Shala

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Program:

Saturday april 26th 10.00-17.30:  SOFTNESS AS THE SPIRITUAL DOORWAY (open to all)

Sunday april 27th 10.00-17.30   THE ART OF DEEP STILLNESS (open to all)

Monday april 28th 8.30-16.00 :TEACHING YOGA POSTURES FROM SOFT CORE (teachers workshop)

Tuesday April 29th 8.30-16.00:TEACHING YOGA AS MORE THAN ESOTERICISED EXERCISE (teachers workshop)

Prices:

One workshop day 700 DKR

4 workshop days booked together before april 1.st:  2.400 DKR

All days have a one hour lunch break

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

GODFREY DEVEREUX
Godfri’s pioneering journey into the roots of human experience is grounded in a lifetime of yoga practice on mat and cushion that began when he was 16 years old. Fertilised by professional training in Child Development and Education, Oriental Medicine, and dedicated study with masters of Zen, Advaita and Tantra as well as Indian Yoga Gurus, Godfri’s practice has brought him to a deep, lucid intimacy with the subtleties of being human within which its apparent paradoxes are all heart-warmingly resolved. His teaching will invite you to the same.

website: www.dynamicyoga.com

OPENING IMMERSION FOUR: focusses on using the Seven Universal Actions of Yoga Posture Praxis to develope the power, flexibility and resilience of the spine and its supporting musculature. You will learn how to apply the Dynamics of Integrity to mobilise and strengthen the spine as the core of the body, and the heart of yoga posture praxis. This immersion has a strong emphasis on backbends, and is open to anyone, teachers as well as pratititioners, interested in the bionechanical and energetic integrity of the bodimind. It is especially fruitful for newcomers to yoga posture praxis, and anyone who considers themselves to be an advanced practitioner.

Each morning Olivia guides a long yoga practice incouding pranayama and meditation. After the practice Olivia and Birgitte presents the postures and techniques used in the morning practice. After lunch birgitte leads a guided exploration of the techniques to help you assimilate and integrate them in your own practice. If we have time we conclude the day with a short, soft yoga class.

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk.

Price: The price for one immersion module will be 550 EUR (appr. 4000 DKR). You can reserve a space in advance by paying a non-refundable deposit of  200 EUR. The remeining amount is due 1 month before the immersion starts.

About immersion modules and Dynamic Yoga Teacher Training

The immersions with Olivia and senior teachers are offered several times a year around Europe and constitute the first half of the 400-hour Dynamic yoga teacher training (4 immersions in total). To become a Dynamic Yoga teacher you will need to complete all four immersion modules (again in no particular order) plus a 3 week residential ‘Teaching Skills’ intensive with Godfrey Devereux and Olivia Crooks. This is held each September in France at Windfire School of Yoga. Any trained teacher with a 200 hour certificate from another school of yoga, can add hours from immersion modules and teacher trainings to move towards 500hour or 1000 hour certification.

 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN DATES
Module III: Octobe 24-27 2014
Module IIII: November 7-19 2014

THE TEACHERS:

OLIVIA CROOKS (www.dynamicyoga.com)

Totally committed to allowing the wisdom of life to guide her through the intelligence of the body Olivia has a manner and teaching style based on the depths and subtleties of her personal practice. Inspiring and supportive, she is able to invite practitioners of all experience to go deeper into their own nature safely and effectively, while bringing new, liberating insights from the mat into daily life. She began formal Yoga teacher training in Sydney, Australia by completing 1000hrs in 2001. Since 2004 she has been studying the Dynamic Yoga Training Method closely with its originator Godfri Devereux, and has completed 10,000 hrs in a Teachers Apprenticeship with him. She is one of only two certified Senior Trainers of the Method.

BIRGITTE GORM HANSEN (www.dynamicyoga.dk)
Is one of the five senior teachers in Dynamic Yoga. Originally trained as a psychologist (Ph.D) she started practicing yoga in 1996 and has taught since 2001. Birgitte is based in Copenhagen, Denmark but frequently teaches workshops and retreats in Scandinavia and around Europe.

Birgitte has studied with Godfrey Devereux through all her years of teaching and has been assisting Dynamic Yoga Teacher trainings since 2006. Her instruction is joyfully clear and comes from a deep commitment to help students access their teacher within. Her classes invite you to subtlety deepen the awareness of your physical body and establish the deepest possible intimacy with life, just as it is.

In her practice and teaching she enquires into the possibility of falling lightheartedly from the pedestal of knowledge into the arms of wisdom.

 

RELEASING IMMERSION THREE: focusses on using the Seven Universal Actions of Yoga Posture Praxis to release the spine and its supporting musculature from habituated tension so that the body as whole becomes more stable and integrated. You will learn how to apply the Dynamics of Integrity to open and release the body while internalising and clarifying the mind. This immersion has a strong emphasis on forward bends, and is open to anyone, teachers as well as pratititioners, interested in the biomechanical and energetic integrity of the bodimind.It is especially fruitful for newcomers to yoga posture praxis, and anyone who considers themselves to be an advanced practitioner.

Each morning Olivia guides a long yoga practice incouding pranayama and meditation. After the practice Olivia and Birgitte presents the postures and techniques used in the morning practice. After lunch birgitte leads a guided exploration of the techniques to help you assimilate and integrate them in your own practice. If we have time we conclude the day with a short, soft yoga class.

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk.

Price: The price for one immersion module will be 550 EUR (appr. 4000 DKR). You can reserve a space in advance by paying a non-refundable deposit of  200 EUR. The remeining amount is due 1 month before the immersion starts.

About immersion modules and Dynamic Yoga Teacher Training

The immersions with Olivia and senior teachers are offered several times a year around Europe and constitute the first half of the 400-hour Dynamic yoga teacher training (4 immersions in total). To become a Dynamic Yoga teacher you will need to complete all four immersion modules (again in no particular order) plus a 3 week residential ‘Teaching Skills’ intensive with Godfrey Devereux and Olivia Crooks. This is held each September in France at Windfire School of Yoga. Any trained teacher with a 200 hour certificate from another school of yoga, can add hours from immersion modules and teacher trainings to move towards 500hour or 1000 hour certification.

 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN DATES
Module III: Octobe 24-27 2014
Module IIII: November 7-19 2014

THE TEACHERS:

OLIVIA CROOKS (www.dynamicyoga.com)

Totally committed to allowing the wisdom of life to guide her through the intelligence of the body Olivia has a manner and teaching style based on the depths and subtleties of her personal practice. Inspiring and supportive, she is able to invite practitioners of all experience to go deeper into their own nature safely and effectively, while bringing new, liberating insights from the mat into daily life. She began formal Yoga teacher training in Sydney, Australia by completing 1000hrs in 2001. Since 2004 she has been studying the Dynamic Yoga Training Method closely with its originator Godfri Devereux, and has completed 10,000 hrs in a Teachers Apprenticeship with him. She is one of only two certified Senior Trainers of the Method.

BIRGITTE GORM HANSEN (www.dynamicyoga.dk)
Is one of the five senior teachers in Dynamic Yoga. Originally trained as a psychologist (Ph.D) she started practicing yoga in 1996 and has taught since 2001. Birgitte is based in Copenhagen, Denmark but frequently teaches workshops and retreats in Scandinavia and around Europe.

Birgitte has studied with Godfrey Devereux through all her years of teaching and has been assisting Dynamic Yoga Teacher trainings since 2006. Her instruction is joyfully clear and comes from a deep commitment to help students access their teacher within. Her classes invite you to subtlety deepen the awareness of your physical body and establish the deepest possible intimacy with life, just as it is.

In her practice and teaching she enquires into the possibility of falling lightheartedly from the pedestal of knowledge into the arms of wisdom.

NOURISHING IMMERSION ONE: focusses on cultivating the Dynamics of Integrity in the whole body so as to access somatic intelligence consciously. You will learn how to activate the body with integrity in a broad range of dynamic and static supine, prone, seated, standing and inverted postures. This immersion is open to anyone, teachers as well as pratititioners, wishing to establish a stable basis of integrity for their praxis or teaching. Especially fruitful for beginners, and those who think that they are advanced practitioners.

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk. The price for one immersion module will be around 4200 Swedish Kroner. A fixed EUR price is coming up very soon. We offer discounts if you book all 4 mopdules before march 1st 2014 and also offer discounts to yoga teachers trained at windfire yoga who want to brush up their understanding of the method.

Prices and payment: You book your space by paying a non-refundable deposit of 40% the imersion module price. The remeining amount is due 1 month before the immersion starts.

About immersion modules and Dynamic Yoga Teacher Training

In 2014 dynamicyoga.dk and Yogarummet  will be hosting 4 immersions in Stockholm. The modules are open to anyone wanting to deepen their yoga practice. Each immersion can be booked individually and can be taken in any order. The immersions are open to all yoga practioners

Taken together, the four immersions constitute the first half of the 200-hour Dynamic yoga teacher training. In practice though, this involves close to 300 hours of contact hours in training. To become certified in this 200hour training you will need to complete all four immersion modules (again in no particular order) plus a 3 week residential ‘Teaching Skills’ intensive with Godfrey Devereux and Olivia Crooks. This is held each September in France at Windfire School of Yoga. Any trained teacher with a 200 hour certificate from another school of yoga, can add these hours to this 200hour training to make 500hours.

Each day will include a long yoga practice with pranayama and meditation and a presentation of the postures and techniques used in the morning practice. The afternoon consists of a guided exploration of the techniques and if time another short yoga class at the end of the day.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN DATES
Module I: March 28-31 2014
Module II: June 6-9th 2014
Module III: Octobe 24-27 2014
Module IIII: November 7-19 2014

 

THE TEACHERS:

olivia gomukasan

OLIVIA CROOKS (www.dynamicyoga.com)

Totally committed to allowing the wisdom of life to guide her through the intelligence of the body Olivia has a manner and teaching style based on the depths and subtleties of her personal practice. Inspiring and supportive, she is able to invite practitioners of all experience to go deeper into their own nature safely and effectively, while bringing new, liberating insights from the mat into daily life. She began formal Yoga teacher training in Sydney, Australia by completing 1000hrs in 2001. Since 2004 she has been studying the Dynamic Yoga Training Method closely with its originator Godfri Devereux, and has completed 10,000 hrs in a Teachers Apprenticeship with him. She is one of only two certified Senior Trainers of the Method.
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BIRGITTE GORM HANSEN (www.dynamicyoga.dk)
Is one of the five senior teachers in Dynamic Yoga. Originally trained as a psychologist (Ph.D) she started practicing yoga in 1996 and has taught since 2001. Birgitte is based in Copenhagen, Denmark but frequently teaches workshops and retreats in Scandinavia and around Europe.

Birgitte has studied with Godfrey Devereux through all her years of teaching and has been assisting Dynamic Yoga Teacher trainings since 2006. Her instruction is joyfully clear and comes from a deep commitment to help students access their teacher within. Her classes invite you to subtlety deepen the awareness of your physical body and establish the deepest possible intimacy with life, just as it is.

In her practice and teaching she enquires into the possibility of falling lightheartedly from the pedestal of knowledge into the arms of wisdom.

INTEGRATING IMMERSION TWO WITH OLIVIA AND BIRGITTE: focusses on integrating the Seven Universal Actions of Yoga Posture Praxis as the muscular basis of the bandhas in the whole body. You will learn how to refine your actions on the basis of their impacts so as to be able to enjoy the spontaneous internalisation of awareness that flows from effortless effort. This immersion is open to anyone, teachers as well as pratititioners, interested in the biomechanical and energetic integrity of the bodimind. It is especially fruitful for newcomers to yoga posture praxis, and anyone who considers themselves to be an advanced practitioner.

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk. The price for one immersion module will be around 4200 Swedish Kroner. A fixed EUR price is coming up very soon. We offer discounts if you book all 4 mopdules before march 1st 2014 and also offer discounts to yoga teachers trained at windfire yoga who want to brush up their understanding of the method.

Prices and payment: You book your space by paying a non-refundable deposit of 40% the imersion module price. The remeining amount is due 1 month before the immersion starts.

About immersion modules and Dynamic Yoga Teacher Training

In 2014 dynamicyoga.dk and Yogarummet  will be hosting 4 immersions in Stockholm. The modules are open to anyone wanting to deepen their yoga practice. Each immersion can be booked individually and can be taken in any order. The immersions are open to all yoga practioners

Taken together, the four immersions constitute the first half of the 200-hour Dynamic yoga teacher training. In practice though, this involves close to 300 hours of contact hours in training. To become certified in this 200hour training you will need to complete all four immersion modules (again in no particular order) plus a 3 week residential ‘Teaching Skills’ intensive with Godfrey Devereux and Olivia Crooks. This is held each September in France at Windfire School of Yoga. Any trained teacher with a 200 hour certificate from another school of yoga, can add these hours to this 200hour training to make 500hours.

Each day will include a long yoga practice with pranayama and meditation and a presentation of the postures and techniques used in the morning practice. The afternoon consists of a guided exploration of the techniques and if time another short yoga class at the end of the day.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN DATES
Module I: March 28-31 2014
Module II: June 6-9th 2014
Module III: Octobe 24-27 2014
Module IIII: November 7-19 2014

 

THE TEACHERS

olivia gomukasan

 

OLIVIA CROOKS (www.dynamicyoga.com)

Totally committed to allowing the wisdom of life to guide her through the intelligence of the body Olivia has a manner and teaching style based on the depths and subtleties of her personal practice. Inspiring and supportive, she is able to invite practitioners of all experience to go deeper into their own nature safely and effectively, while bringing new, liberating insights from the mat into daily life. She began formal Yoga teacher training in Sydney, Australia by completing 1000hrs in 2001. Since 2004 she has been studying the Dynamic Yoga Training Method closely with its originator Godfri  Devereux, and has completed 10,000 hrs in a Teachers Apprenticeship with him. She is one of only two certified Senior Trainers of the Method.

 

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BIRGITTE GORM HANSEN (www.dynamicyoga.dk)
Is one of the five senior teachers in Dynamic Yoga. Originally trained as a psychologist (Ph.D) she started practicing yoga in 1996 and has taught since 2001. Birgitte is based in Copenhagen, Denmark but frequently teaches workshops and retreats in Scandinavia and around Europe.

Birgitte has studied with Godfrey Devereux through all her years of teaching and has been assisting Dynamic Yoga Teacher trainings since 2006. Her instruction is joyfully clear and comes from a deep commitment to help students access their teacher within. Her classes invite you to subtlety deepen the awareness of your physical body and establish the deepest possible intimacy with life, just as it is.

In her practice and teaching she enquires into the possibility of falling lightheartedly from the pedestal of knowledge into the arms of wisdom.

 

Packing for the annual meditation retreat with my teacher i have to admit:Its not an awe-inspiring accomplishment to leave work and family for 10 days of silent stillness in the beautiful mountains of Tuscany. It’s pure indulgence. Candy for the mind, love for the soul. What is awe-inspiring is my mother and husband who will be babysitting the kids while I am away!

Yoga is so much more than welness, relaxation and having a nice experience. Sure, if your life is full of wellness, enjoy it to the max. No problem! There is nothing particularily spiritual about suffering.

What I’m getting at is that our practice is so much more than sealed off time-zone where we enjoy a moment of peace before going back to work. Yoga is not separate from obligations, choices and relationships. It’s not another object of longing.

When the holidays are over, when everyday life returns, when things get harder we have a chance to practice being with that.  And right there lies the possibility for deepening our practice.

The hard part is not going up the mountains carrying a DO NOT DISTURB sign. It’s coming back down and opening the door.

To celebrate this, the next couple of workshops will support you in making yoga and meditation an embodied practice non-separate from action and everyday life. A thing we do to embrace what we are right here, right now. You can see the full program and dates here.

I wish you a happy everyday life!

Birgitte

From January to June we will dive deeper into Dynamic Yoga and meditation to explore their inherent unity. We will approach meditation somatically as a physical practice and explore dynamic movement as an invitation to uncover the meditative mind within your everyday activity.

The class begins at 8.00 with seated meditation. Birgitte will be give you guidance in the first half of the course so you can gradually establish a seated meditation practice on your own over the spring.  During the course, new elements will be introduced for you to include in your seated morning practice.

From 8.30 we move from seated to dynamic meditation. Birgitte will guide a simple and accessible flow of yoga postures, which invites awareness to ground in the body as it mobilizes and strengthens the body softly.  Each class ends in relaxation.

Anybody interested in yoga and meditation can join the course until march 31st. From April to June the course is only open to students who have attended dynamic Yoga classes or workshops before. The course will be taught in English only if required.

Dates: 31/1, 7/2, 14/2, 21/2, 7/3, 4/4, 11/4, 25/4, 2/5, 5/5, 9/5, 12/6, 13/6, 20/6, 27/6

(NB: no teaching on these dates 28/2, 14/3, 21/3, 28/3, 18/4, 16/5, 23/5, 30/5, 6/6)

Price 1800kr . (It’s possible to pay the course in 2 rates)

Registration: info@dynamicyoga.dk

Jo Kemp is one of the five senior teachers of Dynamic Yoga, in February she will stop by Copenhagen to share it with us. Check out Jo’s website here

Saturday 9.30 a.m – 1.30 p.m: The Spine

The spine is central to our movement and experience. When the spine is carrying unhelpful and habitual postural and movement patterns the experience of our body can be less than pleasurable and we can often find ourselves in pain and discomfort or lacking in mobility.

If yoga posture practice is to release us from the imprints of life held within our structure and musculature, e.g.  high shoes, bags on one shoulder, accumulation of hours on the computer, it needs to be undertaken with a keen sense of listening to the whispers of sensation within the spine. In this workshop we initiate a vital sensitization of the mind to the spine, exploring specific sequencing to bring release to muscles that may overwork, and awaken muscles that may be inactive. Within the arena of yoga posture practice and pranayama we are guided to a deepened level of intimacy  to what’s actually happening in our unique body mind, moving towards balancing, mobilizing and finally strengthening the spine.

The workshop will include, posture practice, pranayama, relaxation and clarifying discussion, exploration and demonstration.

Suitable for all levels of practitioner from those newly exploring yoga to advanced practitioners and teachers.

 

Sunday 9.30 a.m- 1.30 p.m:   Sadhana – Deepening practice

Subtle yet powerful, with inquiry at the very heart of the practice, this workshop proves valuable and insightful for students, practioners and teachers from all styles and levels of practice.

Using skillful Vinyasa Krama (progressive instruction), intelligent and effective sequencing of Asana, movement and Pranayama, this workshop invites you into feeling and experiencing the deeper, less explored areas of posture practice, taking us via body and breath beyond belief and acquired knowledge  into a steady and continuous flow of simply experiencing the wisdom of the body expressing itself in any given moment. When the intelligence of the mind free from agenda and imposition  meets the body deeply, the apparent split between the two dissolves and Yoga is !!

The workshop will include, posture practice, pranayama, relaxation , sitting and  shared group inquiry…

Price: one workshop day: 500 DKR.  Both days booked together: 800 DKR

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

A story about my first meeting with a spiritual teacher: A Tibetan Lama who handed me an axe instead of teaching me how to meditate. That was actually a much better idea than i was prepared to admit at the time.

Published by the creatively maladjusted Rebelle Society.

This is it!

“Whatever is happening is the path to enlightenment” ~ Pema Chödrön

I was in my early teens when I started to hang enormous quartz crystals around my neck and go overboard into New Age spirituality.

By the time I turned 20, I had divinities hanging on my wall like rock stars, and my house was so saturated with incense smoke that my friends said it was beginning to smell like bacon.

I was in massive pain. My body was a mess, my hair was falling out, I was in and out of the hospital with chronic eczema, and my love life was falling apart. I dealt with it by shaving my head, wrapping a white shawl around myself, and reciting mantras faster than all the monks of a whole monastery, on double espresso.

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“Whatever is happening is the path to enlightenment” (Pema Chodron)

I was in my early teens when I started to hang enormous quartz crystals around my neck and go overboard into new age spirituality. By the time I turned 20 I had divinities hanging on my wall like rock stars and my house was so saturated with incense smoke that my friends said it was beginning to smell like bacon.

I was in massive pain. My body was a mess, my hair was falling off, I was in and out of the hospital with cronic eczema and my love life was falling apart. I dealt with it by shaving my head, wrapping a white shawl around myself and reciting mantras faster than a whole monastery of monks on double espresso.

I found my first real teacher at the age 20 in a shamanistic tipi camp. I have no idea how a reincarnated Tibetan lama found his way out in the forest with us new age-types. I heard that years ago he had resigned from the exile government in India and with permission turned away from  monastic life. When he landed in Europe he spent his last money on a pair of jeans and got a job washing dishes in a restaurant. Back in the monastery he had never done a single day of manual labor. He would give Buddhist teachings in the basement of his house, and in the summer he would lead retreats from a primitive tipi in the forest.

“Tell me how to meditate,” I begged. He laughed, picked up a chain saw, handed me the axe and said: “Lets cut some wood first”. I heard from the others that he was a powerful clairvoyant but when I asked him about my future, he would kindly ask me to help him in the garden. When I wanted to learn how to recite the heart sutra in Sanskrit, he asked if I could do the cooking for his next retreat. I spent most of my free time washing up tea cups in his basement, cooking vegetarian food in the forest and laughing at lame Tibetan jokes over butter tea. When we eventually had some quiet time I would never miss the opportunity to ask him for advice. He would listen for a while and then fall asleep; chin dropped right onto his chest.

But I was in deep pain and my life made no sense. It just hurt! Never the less I was deeply convinced that I had come to this planet to learn something. That there had to be a spiritual path out there meant for me to walk. This horrible suffering must have been given to me for a reason. What was my dharma? What was the mission? I had no clue. I wanted to get over these annoying obstacles to my path. I was sure that my suffering was just “burning off bad karma” so that later, I could rise up and save the world. I wanted to find my path NOW, no time to spare. So i decided to become a Buddhist.

All my teacher did was give me a simple meditation practice to do each day. But I wanted him to teach me Sanskrit! I got impatient and began to read books about Buddhism on my own. I really thought I got wiser those years. I worked out all by myself that I had way too many attachments, that my ego was too big, that I needed to develop more loving kindness, that I had to find my Buddha nature, that my enemies had Buddha nature too and I needed to learn how to love them without compromise.

His sweet response to my newfound spiritual identity was to talk to me about living from “the middle way”. Finally I thought. A path! Cool, I totally get it! Just stay in the middle, do not go overboard. Lead a balanced life!

The middle way for me, however, turned out to be an endless array of personal failures. A narrow and dangerous path that I would fall off at any minute. I was either too disciplined not disciplined enough, I loved too naively or I failed to muster real and deep compassion, I was too self-centered or too boundary less. Getting your spiritual shit together in perfect balance seemed almost impossible!

My lama friend smiled at me, poured me another cup of tea and asked: How are the kids?

We remained friends for years. I slowly grew hair, stopped being a buddhist and took up yoga. He didn’t mind. Once I became a yoga teacher I began to silently criticize him. He didn’t mind. I however, was visibly disappointed when I saw him fall asleep in seated meditation one day. And why was he spending more time working on his house than sitting on his cushion? And was it really ok that he was drinking beer and eating meat? Is that really the behavior of a reincarnated spiritual leader? My visits became rare as I took my striving to new heights bending myself backwards on the yoga mat.

It been 20 years since then. I am not afraid to admint that i´ve spent quite a few of them banging my head against the wall of spiritual accomplishment. But along the way I did have the good fortune to meet a brilliant yoga teacher. I came to him wanting to learn handstands, he told me to go into childs pose. I wanted to heal my asthma with pranayama, he told me to let go of manipulating my breath. I wanted to understand yoga philosophy, he told me to feel sensation.

It all felt annoyingly familiar. So this time i gave it a try.

I may never be able to grasp the full implication of what these two teachers really have done for me. But I can tell that the first laid out the tracks and the second gave me more than one push. I´m not sure what, but something is moving.

Looking back to that first meeting with my Lama I think I understand what he was trying to show me when handing me an axe instead of a sutra. His simple message was not unlike the one my yoga teacher spelled out to me years later:

This is it!

Can’t find your path? Have a look in the mirror. You already are the path. Don’t know your life’s true purpose? Not sure what is to be your sacred duty on the planet? It’s a no brainer: This very life is your dharma. Your the next step will be nothing but your path. This is it!

Mission accomplished.

Being a totally messed up 20 year old with no life, no hair and an axe in my hand was the mission. Being in pain and being sick of it was the mission. Wanting to get over it, learn Sanskrit, meditate or do wild backbends was an expression of my inability accept that mission. But even that resistance was also the mission. Feeling the pain I was in was simply too much for me at the time, so I had to wrap it in white shawls, paint it over with spoiritual symbols, sing mantras, read sutras, believe in concepts and do postures. But no matter how I tried to bend my body, control my mind and train my tounge the pain was still there. And the pain was an invitation to enquire more deeply. To drop the “im ok with it” mantra, to let go of being a spiritual hero, to strip down to the bare facts, to risk the vulnerability of admitting that I have no idea why all this shit was happening to me. My body and my life falling apart was not an expression of me being stuck in some “lower” state of consciousness. My illness was not burning off “bad karma” so I could one day rise up to a more elevated and totally painless mode of existence. Imagining a divine light at the end of the tunnel was preventing me from realizing this was it.

Looking back I think my lama had fully realized this when he got his bum off the golden cushion, put on those jeans and started washing dishes. No wonder I saw him spending more time in his garden than in meditation. I bet it’s all the same to him.

I´m not sure I really get it yet. I´m not sure I really “got” anything out of those 20 years of spiritual practice. Really. There may be nothing to get.

But I do recognize that my view on a “spiritual calling” has changed. I’m no longer desperately looking for a steep and narrow path to enlightenment. I no longer want to get over it and go to a better place. My dharma seems to me today to be just what I am already busy doing. My spiritual duty is to fully face the life I have on my plate here and now. Not just when it feels great, but also when it hurts like hell. No reservations. Just feeling it as intimately as I’m capable of in the moment and responding from there.

It makes no difference whether I think I am an arrogant, selfish, demanding, useless, deluded idiot or whether I think, I am an enlightened being on a mission to save the planet. It does not make any difference whether I chant mantras or make money, whether I embrace or resist, whether i laugh, love, cry or sigh. This is still it! I will be doing exactly what I am doing because there is nowhere else to be but in this very moment In this very body.

I may be wrong. But i´s like to suggest that the middle way is no narrow path to tread with neurotic precision to get to a pot of gold at the end. The middle way is probably the broadest most inclusive experience we humans will ever get our heads around. It’s not a balance act, it’s embracing the full spectrum of everything that we are. Deluded and divine, bad and brilliant. Nothing left out, nothing disowned. Cutting wood, cooking food, having babies, being furious, loving like crazy, being bored or getting a depression is no less spiritual than reciting the heart sutra in Sanskrit. Some of it hurts more than others it’s still your sacred path.

Living from the middle way means you can’t possibly go astray. There is no outside to go to, there is no heavenly hierarchy to fall from, there is no test to pass. You did not come here to learn, you came here to give.

In August 2014 we are going to the Greek Island of Lesvos for a Lovely yoga holiday. Long morning yoga classes nourishing your body with sensitive slow-flowing practices allowing you to go deeper day by day without pain or struggle. Dynamic yoga is coming from a deep respect of the body you have today and will never force you into painful postures or demand excess flexibility or strength. Beginners will get a solid foundation for a home yoga practice and advanced students will get support in tuning into the more subtle depths of yoga. We welcome families and friends to come and stay with you during the retreat.

You will receive around 30 hours of teaching over 7 days. Yoga posture practice is mainly taught between 7.30 and 11.30 and meditation takes place in the evening. A few afternoon sessions will also help you clarify the practice and allow you to go deeper the next day. Our popular retreat venue has space for you to bring your family, friends and loved ones on holiday too. Feel free to bring extra guests and we simply knock off the yoga from their price.

All teaching takes place in fluent English or Danish as required.

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Program:

August 3rd. Arrive in the evening at Milelja retreat center. Settle into your room and have a dip in the pool. Warm welcome in the yoga room for introductions. A simple meal, a cup of tea and then early to bed. If you arrive earlier in the day contact the retreat center about the possibilities for an earlier check in.

August 4-9th: Each day begins with a long sunrise yoga class in the mild morning air starting around 7.30. A gentle pranayama practice prepares your body for a long, slow-flowing series of yoga postures gradually awakening the feeling intelligence of your body. Birgitte will guide you through 6 progressive posture practices allowing you to sensitize, recalibrate, mobilize and strengthen your body without struggle or pain. Each morning class lands you gently in a long, deep relaxation and awakens you to seated meditation. We close the morning session with a short talk/dialogue related to the theme of the day.

After the morning session, we serve a tasty brunch buffet.

Most, your afternoons are free for you to cool off at the beach, have a massage or explore the island with your new friends. Two afternoon sessions clarify the dynamic yoga training method and help you to adjust the practice to the needs and capacities of your body. These sessions work as a support function to the morning classes and take place through dialogue, little experiments on your yoga mat sometimes working in pairs.

In the evenings, you are free to explore the local village life and restaurants. Thursday night we have scheduled a dinner at the retreat center for all of us.

Each night before bed time Birgitte will lead a seated meditation allowing your mind to go quiet.

August 10th: A short sunrise yoga class and a beautiful sharing experience to end our week together. Rooms need to be checked out at 10.00 but you are free to use the pool, shower and yoga room after the morning practice and breakfast if you have time before flying off.

Milelja Retreat center is at the northern tip of the island of Lesvos and has been a popular yoga holiday destination through many years. Milelja specializes in hosting yoga retreats and offer a peaceful and protected atmosphere and accommodation in single and double rooms to fit any budget. Our clorine-free swimming pool is filled with mineral water from the local hot springs and the quiet beach is only a 10 minute walk away. The local village Molyvos is kept in stile with the old buildings and narrow streets offering a variety of small taverns and cafes. Our wooden yoga room is round and has a beautiful view to the mountains and village.

Your trip includes: 30 hours of yoga and meditation, accommodation in single or double room, 6 X brunch buffet, 1 dinner, 1 evening meal upon arival, 1 breakfast upon departure plus complementary tea, coffee and water.

Flights and local transportation is not included in the price. Remember to book your flight in due time as august is the high season for this island and flights may get fully booked.

Prices and booking:

The price for booking the retreat is 388 EUR (appr. 2900 DKR). Your booking includes only the yoga. You pay for accommodation and all scheduled meals directly to our hosts when you arrive at Milelja. The price for accommodation depends on your category of room (see below) the price for the food is 53 EUR

You secure your space in the retreat by paying a deposit of 200EUR/ (appr. 1500 DKR). Note that deposits are non-refundable and not changeable for dates. The remaining amount (188 EUR) is due at may 1st 2014 in order to keep your space in the retreat. Boking is done first cvome first serve.

Write an email to info@dynamicyoga.dk to book or enquire more.

Airport taxi: our hosts at Milelja will organize airport taxi. Price is 70 € per person (paid in cash upon arrival). You have to let us know if you want to book a taxi through milelja.

Price Example 1    

Yoga                388 EUR
Double room 310 EUR
Food                 53 EUR (6 X brunch buffet, 1X dinner and 1X light meal the night you arrive and 1 breakfast on the day of departure)
Airport taxi     70 EUR
Total              821 EUR (appr. 6.125 DKR)

Price example 2

Yoga                388 EUR
Single room   436 EUR
Food                  53 EUR (6 X brunch buffet, 1X dinner and 1X light meal the night you arrive and 1 breakfast on the day of departure)
Airport taxi      70 EUR
Total             947 EUR (appr. 766 DKR)

Note: These prices does not include plane tickets and dinners outside retreat center.

Room categories and prices:

Category A
Room with terrace and bathroom, spacious balcomy and ocean peek
Rom with Spacious balcony, sharing bathroom with room next door
Double pr. person:                 310 EUR
Single:                                   436 EUR
+ food  53 EUR er person

Category B
Room without balcomy /apartment. Sharing bathroom with room next door
Double per person:               275 EUR
Single:                                  395 EUR

+ food  53 EUR per person

Category C
23 m2 apartment with terrace, bath & Kitchen
Double per person                   350 EUR
Single:                                        490 EUR

+ food  53 EUR per person

Category D
40 m2 luxurious apartment, Terace, bath & Kitchen
Double pr. person:                   380 EUR
Single                                       590 EUR
+ food  53 EUR per person

Category E
40 m2 luxurious apartment, Terace, bath & Kitchen

Tripple per person                           330 EUR

+ food  53 EUR per person

These 4 immersions are open to anyone wanting to deepen their yoga practice. Each immersion can be booked individually and can be taken in any order. Taken together, the four immersions constitute the first half of the 200-hour Dynamic yoga teacher training. In practice though, this involves close to 300 hours of contact hours in training. To become certified in this 200hour training you will need to complete all four immersion modules (in no particular order) plus a 3 week residential ‘Teaching Skills’ intensive with Godfrey Devereux and Olivia Crooks. This is held each September in France at Windfire School of Yoga. Any trained teacher with a 200 hour certificate from another school of yoga, can add these hours to this 200hour training to make 500hours. This course is also highly recommended if you are already trained at windfire yoga and want to have refresh your understanding of the latest developements in the method or build towards a 500 or 1000 hour certification.

Each day will include a long yoga practice with pranayama and meditation and a presentation of the postures and techniques used in the morning practice. The afternoon consists of a guided exploration of the techniques and if time another short yoga class at the end of the day.

Dates:
Module I Nourishing: March 28-31 2014
Module II Integrating: June 6-9th 2014
Module III Releasing: October 24-27 2014
Module IIII Opening: November 7-10 2014

Prices:

Single module: 550 EUR

All four modules booked before March 28th is 1.900EUR

A deposit of  170 EUR per module secures your space. The remaning amount is due one month before the beginning of each module. Your deposit is non-refundable and not changable for dates.

If you are booking all 4 modules for 1900 the deposit is 600 EUR.

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk or call Birgitte on +45 26169309

OLIVIA CROOKS

Totally committed to allowing the wisdom of life to guide her through the intelligence of the body Olivia has a manner and teaching style based on the depths and subtleties of her personal practice. Inspiring and supportive, she is able to invite practitioners of all experience to go deeper into their own nature safely and effectively, while bringing new, liberating insights from the mat into daily life. She began formal Yoga teacher training in Sydney, Australia by completing 1000hrs in 2001. Since 2004 she has been studying the Dynamic Yoga Training Method closely with its originator Godfri Devereux, and has completed 10,000 hrs in a Teachers Apprenticeship with him. She is one of only two certified Senior Trainers of the Method.

BIRGITTE GORM HANSEN
Is one of the five senior teachers in Dynamic Yoga. Originally trained as a psychologist (Ph.D) she started practicing yoga in 1996 and has taught since 2001. Birgitte is based in Copenhagen, Denmark but frequently teaches workshops and retreats in Scandinavia and around Europe. Birgitte has studied with Godfrey Devereux through all her years of teaching and has been assisting Dynamic Yoga Teacher trainings since 2006. Her instruction is joyfully clear and comes from a deep commitment to help students access their teacher within. Her classes invite you to subtlety deepen the awareness of your physical body and establish the deepest possible intimacy with life, just as it is.

In her practice and teaching she enquires into the possibility of falling lightheartedly from the pedestal of knowledge into the arms of wisdom.

Now is the time to book your summer retreat in Southern Europe.

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In July 2014 we are going to Ibiza for a yoga retreat extravaganza. The Body Love Retreat is set in a Beautiful country villa in the quiet North of the Island close to some of Ibizas finest beaches. Your 8 day stay includes a Dynamic Yoga and Somatic Meditation intensive, full accomodation in luxury double rooms and spices up your day with delicious home cooked food fitted to support your practice.

Click here to read more about the Ibiza body love retreat.

 

greeceAugust 2014 we are going to the Greek Island of Lesvos for a Lovely yoga holiday. Long morning yoga classes nourishing your body with sensitive slow-flowing practices allowing you to go deeper day by day without pain or struggle. Each day we offer a tasty brunch buffet after your practice and at night you can explore the local village and resteaurents. Some afternoons are kept free to relax at the beach or go to the hot springs, some afternoons have a sheduled yoga exploration session clarifying the dynamic yoga method and helping you to make your practice comfortable and efficient.

click here for more on the Lesvos yoga holiday

Yoga and meditation are often seen as two distinct and separate practices. One dynamic and physical and the other still and mental. However, both practices are an invitation to experience the unity within body and awareness. This three-hour workshop will explore meditaton and yoga posture practice as an undivided whole through movement, breath and stilness.

Both yoga postures and meditation will be guided as invitations to become deeply present to what is actually happening here and now. We begin and end the class in seated meditation. The two rounds of sitting will be connected by a simple and nourishing flow of yoga postures taking you deeper in your experience of body and awareness.

The workshop is open to everyone, from beginners to the most advanced

Price: 400 DKR

Registration: info@dynamicyoga.dk

The advantages of doing backbends in yoga are many, especially for us bent-over westerners who tend to get stuck at the desk in a forward bend for many hours a day. This workshop allows you to enjoy a sensitive step-by-step journey into back bending where the opening up in the front of the body goes hand in hand with a loving care for your lower back and other soft spots. “Opening your heart” as it is often said in yoga is not just a matter of pushing into more and more crazy postures. It’s rather about embracing what is actually happening within you right here and now. Birgitte will guide two classes that take different approaches to backbends as a way of feeling and responding lovingly to the whole of your being.

The classes are open to all from beginners to the most advanced and can be booked individually or together as you see fit.

 

Program

10.00 – 13.00 Loving the lower back.
A long and energizing flow of postures teaching you how to support the lower back as you begin to open the front of your body. This class prepares you for backbends by teaching you how to activate the whole of your body to protect the vulnerability of your joints.

14.00 – 17.00 Opening the heart.
A meditative three-hour flow will take you through a progressive series of backbends, closing with a deep release of the spine. As the class progress, supported alternatives will be given to those who have reached the limit of their capacity.

Price: 450 swedish kroner for one class. 800 for both

Booking: yogarummet@gmail.se

 

 

The bandhas are often taught as techniques to “lock” or harness the energy of the body. But when practiced sensitively they have a much deeper power to integrate and “unlock” your being in the body and invite you to experience the inherent unity of yoga. This is by no means mystical, esoteric or difficult. Activating the bandhas is a natural response of the body when doing yoga postures (asana) with integrity. Practicing asana as bandha is an invitation cross the threshold from experiencing yoga postures as just being physical “shapes” to acessing the subtle energetic resonance within them all. This workshop will explore the bandhas as an organic and natural event in your body rather than a separate “technique”. You will be guided towards physical and energetic integration in four sessions. We will mainly be engaged in flowing yoga posture practice but the workshop also offers a bit of group work and pranayama practice.

Friday 19.00-21.30: Softening

Soak into softness with a gentle floor practice of spinal extensions, gentle backbends and twists. The class teaches you to access the deep spinal muscles and invite release into the core of your body. This yummy evening practice is highly recommended as a preparation for the weekend workshop “asana as bandha” and suitable for everyone.

Price: 350 SEK    book here>>>

Saturday-Sunday 9.30-16.30: Asana as bandha

9:30 to 12:30: Dynamic yoga class, relaxation and seated meditation

13:30 to 16:30: Afternoon clarification and a soft yoga class

Price: 1600 kr     book here>>>

Sunday 17.00-18.30: Bandhas for yoga teachers

There will be an extra class for yogateachers clarifying the teaching methodology behind the workshop. Which instructions are key to activating the bandhas within a posture flow? How to sequence a class focusing on the bandhas? Why are the bandhas important and what are their implications for the yoga posture practice? What are the common misunderstandings about the bandhas? The afternoon class will take place in dialouge and little explorations on your yoga mat.

Price for teachers: Friday+Saturday+Sunday+ special session 1740 kr or Saturday+Sunday+ special session 1360 kr 

questions and booking for yoga techers, please contact:  studion@studiofrid.se

What does yoga postures, acupuncture, mindfulness and pizza have in common? At the Copenhagen Business School, scholars and managers met to discuss the role of Mindfulness Meditation in high performing organizations. Revisitng my former role as an academic scholar i presented a historical reflexion of the corporate mindfulness boom. See the video here 

 

Summary:

“Mind the Gap” is an academic meditation on the recent mindfulness-boom and its entry into corporate enviroments. What actually happens when esoteric practices take the leap across  the east/west gap? Are gaps between tectonic plates  spaces where things get lost or are they spaces where things get created? The presentation compares the global mindfulness boom with three other “indegenous” practices, who in recent history became global transnational phenomena. Looking at the way Transnational Chinese Medicine (TCM), Yoga Posture Practice and Italian pizza(!) spread across the planet, the very idea of a gap between the pure, historical original and a hyped contemporary copy begins to melts down.

In all three cases authenticity seems to be a performative mixture-effect appearing as practices travel across gaps rather than an innocent pre existing state to be corrupted or protected. For yoga and TCM especially, it seems that a mix of estern esoteric authenticity and western scientific credibility  is what has enrsured its global mobilization.

So, what does this mean for our analysis of the present mindfulness boom? Is mindfulneess just excotic food with the edge taken off so the tourist can swallow, but still get a sense of having travelled? Is the transition from buddhist self enquiry into corporate self improvement really just a counterproductive distortion pushing us deeper into suffering? What are the political and ethical implications when modern knowledge workers begin to close their eyes and count to ten?

The presentation draws heavily on scolarly work by Peter Elsass, Mei Zhan, Mark Singleton, Bruno Latour, Marilyn Strathern and my earlier work in the field of science, technology and society. The distinction between self improvement and self enquiry and their respective implications for human suffering is borrowed from Godfrey Devereux.

 

 

The date is set! We are going to Ibiza for a yoga retreat extravaganza!
We are proud to be working with one of the worlds best retreat centres on this luxurious week of high quality yoga, stunning nature and delicious detoxing food. The award winning retreat provider started in Formentera and quickly earned its space in Tachens “Great yoga retreats of the world”. Since then it has received wide recognition for its top quality retreats venues. In 2012 they opened a new venue in the north of Ibiza that is likely to go straight to the top ten in Europe. They feel especially passionate about the Dynamic Yoga Training Method and this is their first retreat hosting a senior Dynamic Yoga teacher. Our Ibiza Country House is away from the city, has a lovely seaview and is within walking distance of one of the finest beaches in Ibiza (Aguas Blanchas).

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What´s its all about:

This 7-day retreat will take you on a step by step journey into loving yourself just as you are by becoming deeply intimate with your body and mind. Sunrise pranayama and yoga posture practice, afternoon softening explorations and a progressive series of evening meditations allow you to take your practice deeper day by day and discover the wisdom and unbounded love within you.

The food for this retreat is tailor made to fit your body-loving yoga practice. You will enjoy some super delicious home cooked vegetarian food that awakens your senses while allowing your body to cleanse itself. Detoxing is a delight with the right chef in the kitchen!

Holiday programme:

12.07.14
Settle in to your country house, have a dip in the pool and soak into softness with a delicious home cooked meal and tea. For those who arrive late in the evening we have a light snack before bedtime. Introductions and all neccessary information will be given the next morning so we can accomodate all arrival times. Check is possible from 3 PM, most will arrive late in the evening though.

13.07.14 – 18.07.14
Each day will begin at dawn in the cool morning air. A gentle pranayama session followed by a long, slow-flowing yoga posture practice gradually awakens the feeling intelligence of your body and invites your mind to go quiet. Birgitte will guide you through 6 progressive posture practices allowing you to sensitize, recalibrate, mobilize and strengthen your body without struggle or pain. Each morning class lands you gently in deep relaxation and awakens you to seated meditation.

After the morning practice we will serve a fresh tasty lunch at the pool. You can spend your day chilling at the beach, receiving a healing massage under the trees or exploring the stunning beauty of the Ibiza with your new friends.

We have scheduled 4 afternoon sessions clarifying the Dynamic Yoga Training Method to make sure it feels great for your body. Here we will do little explorations together through dialogue, partner work and/or a gentle floor-practice preparing you to dive deeper the next day. At dinner time we all delight in good food and share experiences.

Evenings Birgitte will lead an evening meditation inviting your mind to go quiet before bedtime.

19.07.14
Sunrise yoga class and a beautiful sharing experience before breakfast. A quick shower and you are ready to meet the world arms open. Latest check out time is 11.00 AM

About:

This retreat is suitable for all levels of yogic surfers. There is no need to grind your theeth, grab your toes or hold your breath for you to dive into the deep end of yoga. Beginners, intermediate as well as very experienced students will be supported accordingly in their practice. Families and friends are most welcome. We have 9 luxury double rooms with en suite bathrooms. We have exclusive limited places for this Ibiza retreat to make sure you get to explore and go deeper.

Price: Early bird price (full and final booking before April 1st 2014) is 1100 EUR per person staying in a shared luxurious double room with en suite bathroom. After April its 1275 EUR. This includes accommodation, delicious healthy lunches & dinners, all sunrise and afternoon sessions as listed above, fruit breakfast, water and mats.

Dinner outside retreat venue, flight and local transportation is not included. We can share cars or taxi’s for most things when getting around the island.

Booking: To proceed, write an email to info@dynamicyoga.dk or call Birgitte at +45 26169309. You can reserve your space now by paying a deposit of 510 EUR.  Booking is valid and binding from the day your deposit has been recieved. The remaining amount is due April 1st for early bird booking and June 1st for standard price booking. Both deposit and booking are non-refundable and not changable for dates.

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Pull the plug, take the plunge and dive into the depths of yoga. This urban retreat will take place in the beautiful Metropolis Yoga Shala at Sluseholmen, an undisturbed city space with plenty of open sky, ocean view and crispy winter nature walks just around the corner. Each day we will dive deeper into yoga posture flows and meditation allowing you to tune into the subtle delight of being deeply present in the body.

Parts of the retreat will take place in practical silence, giving you the opportunity to go deep within.

The urban retreat is open to all . If you don´t live in Copenhagen, cheap accomodation is available in the yoga room on friday and saturday night.

Friday 17.00-20.00: Introduction and gentle evening yoga class.

Saturday and sunday 9.00-12.30: Pranayama session, flowing yoga posture practice, seated meditation

Saturday and sunday 14.00-16.30  A little dialouge, soft yoga posture practice, meditation

Price: 1600 DKR (includes 15 hours of teaching, tea and snacks)

For an extra 150 DKR a vegetarian lunch will be provided on saturday and sunday.

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

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Sensitivity is the ultimate compass of a nourishing yoga posture practice. Feeling your way through moon salutations, seated backbends and supine softening takes you step by step into the delight of being deeply present in the body. The focus of the class is to sensitize all of your joints so your body can teach you how to balance activity and release.

The workshop is set in the lovely Dynamic yoga institute in the heart of Barcelona,

Booking and prices: www.yogadinamico.es

Bliss (“Ānanda”) is a word often used in relation to yoga. But the bliss that yoga has to offer is much more than a brief peak of ecstasy or a temporary pit stop in relaxation. Ānanda, by contrast, is a baseline for being conscious and alive. You don’t need flexibility, strength or yogic superpowers to access the subtle experience of being bliss. All you need is to deeply feel your body – just as it is. These four classes invite you to take the plunge into the quiet world of sensation to uncover the subtle heart of yoga within the body you have today. Especially suited for beginners AND extremely advanced yogis/meditators.

The four classes can be booked individually or as a progressive series going from the obvious to the subtle aspects of yoga posture practice.

Friday 7.00-9.30 pm: Softening
Soak into softness with a gentle floor practice of spinal extensions, rotations and twists. The class teaches you to access the deep spinal muscles and invite release into the core of your body.

Saturday 2-5 pm: Feeling
Sensitivity is the ultimate compass of a nourishing yoga posture practice. Feeling your way through moon salutations, standing postures and seated backbends takes you step by step into the delight of being deeply present in the body. The focus of the class is to sensitize all of your joints so your body can teach you how to balance activity and release.

Sunday 1.00 – 3.00. Opening
Sun salutations like you´ve never done them before! Often squeezed in as a warm-up or transition between postures the true potential of this classical practice easily gets overlooked. A deep and continuous flow takes you from basic to advanced variations without pain or struggle. The activation of the whole of your body supports the opening quality of backbends and forward bends and invites you to feel the vibrant aliveness of the spine.

Sunday 4.00-6.30: Being
A series of inverted, supine and seated postures allows you to settle into quiet stillness as we hold gentle postures for longer periods of time. The class may include restorative variations using blankets, blocks and bolsters to support you in exploring the subtle heart of sensation. We close the practice with a guided meditation.

The Workshop takes place in Synergy Yoga, Miami’s first and oldest yoga studio.  Booing and prices coming up at the Synergy website

Holding gentle yoga postures for a longer period of time can bring about a deep release. This evening workshop will explore the effects of settling into stillness in safe and accessible floor-practice. The last part of the practice releases you in restorative postures where your body will be supported with bolsters and blankets to allow you to go deeper.

As we approach the dark winter time the body needs to nourish itself and recharge. Enjoy a deeply nourishing release into the core of your body. A gentle evening flow of moon salutations and seated/supine postures moves softens you up before a short seated meditation. A hot lemon drink sends you home to soak up the nourishmenf of you practice overnigh

This years Copenhagen Yoga festival will be even bigger than the last one. and it loks like its going to be a sunny weekend so bring your bathing suit and beach towel!

The danish yoga community are all looking forward to a weekend of yoga, good food and lovely company in Amager strand (tiøren). All teachers work for free and this means you can bring all your friends to free yoga classes all weekend.

Sunday at 13.00 in TENT 1 you can enjoy a Dynamic Yoga class with Birgitte. The theme of the class is “being bliss”

Read about the Dynamic Yoga event  here

see the whole festival website and program  here

My latest for rebelle Society. Yoga in india was once a dangerous and subversive practice spitting in the face of power. What happened?

http://www.rebellesociety.com/2013/06/30/the-rebellious-heart-of-yoga/

Wild Yogis

To us modern westerners, the image of yoga posture practice is one of beauty, peace and good health. Yoga looks neat. A little too neat according to some. But not long ago, there was a time where yoga was an act of rebellion. Long before and up through the heyday of the British Empire, the western eye saw asana as a completely unacceptable and dangerous cultural phenomenon. Yoga was a bad ass practice.

Take for example hatha yoga-practicing Nath yogins of Bengal[1]. Born as caste underdogs these men found social mobility and freedom by combining austere asceticism with a powerful military organization. Wearing nothing but guns they pillaged their way forward. Some groups even managed to gain control over North Indian trade routes. Nudity, weapons and pillaging: A triple insult to the colonial rule of Britannia.

Ascetic mercenaries referred to as “yogis” or “jogis” were considered a force to be reckoned with for the British Government in Bengal. It took brute force and a long time to get these yogis to settle in villages and lay down their arms. But trouble persisted. Long after wandering naked and carrying a gun became a criminal offense, fakirs and yogis continued to disturb moral order by making public displays of “backward, uncivilized and dangerous” yoga posture practice[2]. The British were not amused!

So even though we yogis of today may associate our practice with peace, love and health, some of our yogic ancestors were pure guerrilla! Hatha yoga was operating behind the frontier of Victorian values, under the radar of imperial power. Yogis were flexible people on the move, people who could not easily be nailed down and fixated into the commercial circuit. Even if silenced by prohibition, immobilized by property rights and struck down by military power, hatha yoga remained rebellious. Practicing yoga postures was a way to spit in the face of cultural, economic, militant and moral oppression.

What happened?

It could seem that the yoga revolution has come a long way since then. As we all know the British Empire shrunk back into to a few isolated islands while yoga posture practice expanded itself to a global, transnational phenomenon. The modern yoga boom is, to be sure, a living force to be reckoned with. A happy and life-giving practice spreading smiles across the planet. So far so good.

But what happened to the rebellious heart of hatha yoga? Where did it go?

Allow me to get gloomy for a few paragraphs; I promise to restore your faith in yoga revolutions towards the end.

At first glance, things do not look great for a wild yoga rebellion of our time. Try opening a mainstream yoga magazine. Not only is the neat image of modern transnational yoga culture a far cry from that of the untamed Nath yogins. Much worse, it seems that the yoga rebellion has backfired. What was once an opposition to power – the yogic body – is today becoming its instrument.

The body of yoga has become a commodity. In Yoga books, magazines, online and in yoga studios we get exposed to an image of a (predominantly white and female) body that seems to defy both the law of gravity and the flow of time. Gravity and time. Forces to be reckoned with – or maybe not? Today’s economic, cultural and moral elites have deployed new and creative means to fixate that which wants to move, to get that which refuses to fit back in line!

Fixating the yogic body of today into the commercial circuit does not happen with gun and imperial law. We have diet regimens and posture drills that would make trained soldiers cry and we are not afraid to use them in the struggle to keep our bodies in alignment with the dominant cultural ideal. And yoga posture practice has, ironically, become a favorite tool to get our asses in line. Also, yoga posture practice is today predominantly marketed as a tool to make you flexible, beautiful, fit, and forever young.

But the look is no longer enough. It has to come with that extra cool glow of the hip(pie) and bohemian. That is the yoga-body that we are now being taught to desire – and buy – by the aid of the intelligent elite of marketing experts. No guns needed.

And it does not stop with the body. As yoga posture practitioners we get bombarded with values, expert testimony, scientific knowledge and spiritual authority figures that will tell us what is true, good and healthy.

Is the yogic body then, nothing but a mute raw material for consumption? A passive, blank page to be inscribed by shifting moral orders and cultural ideals? A pulp to be shaped by power?

I think not!

Yoga as a force of nature.

Yoga posture practice is still totally bad ass. Far behind the frontiers of commercialization, deep under the skin of all living bodies, the yoga rebellion is still breathing freely. If there is a yoga revolt alive today, it has no brand name, no logo, no sponsor, no PR employee, no merchandize, no charismatic leader and no moral elite.

Leslie Kaminoff has put it beautifully:

Yoga may have been discovered in India and taken up again in the West but it has not been invented by any one culture because “yoga is a force of nature”. Just as no one can claim to have “invented” electricity, no one can claim or own yoga.

I’d like to suggest that as a natural force, the heart of yoga remains rebellious. It does so because it has the power to hook up your mind with the intelligence of your body:

The force of nature which is currently keeping you alive. Right now you are breathing in a rhythm that supplies your body with exactly the volume of oxygen it needs. Right now your heart beats at just the right pace to supply your muscles and organs with blood. Your pupils are exactly the size they need to be so you read these words. Your body knows what it needs and how it can get it and it will protest violently if you go against its decisions. (Try to hold your breath as long as you can and see who wins). The intelligence of your body is a concrete, material force to be reckoned with[3].

You may have to sometimes turn away from clearly feeling the impulses of your body. You temporarily stick your fingers in your ears so as to not hear the silent language of sensation. But the wisdom of your physical body cannot be put out of service as long as you are alive. You will have to use brute force and a long time to get your body to lay down its arms. For your body knows very well how much it would really like to eat, who you really want to kiss, what postures will injure and which will nourish it, how long to work, when to sleep, when to surrender and when to fight. Your body can discriminate unflinchingly between loneliness and low blood sugar. It can clearly tell you the difference between pain and pleasure[4]. If you let it.

Freedom

It is a privilege to be able to practice yoga. Because the physical postures bring the gift of turning up the volume when the forces of nature speak their intransigent body language. Asana allows you to tap directly into the intelligence of your body, a natural force that will not yield until you are dead or at least dying.

If you are sleep-deprived, yoga quickly reveals how tired you actually are. If you have pushed yourself beyond your capacity yoga will allow you to feel and respond to the pain of stress and overexertion. If you have buried unresolved issues in your life don’t be surprised if one day in dog pose, something old and ugly sticks its head out of the ground. If you are being aggressive with yourself or your loved ones a sensitive yoga practice can help you feel more clearly the impacts of your actions. And that refined sensitivity comes off your mat all by itself. Getting intimate with the body – with how you actually feel is the beginning of an organic response that may change things. A revolution coming not from external command, rules, dogma, cultural ideals or regimens, but from the wisdom of your very own body.

To say yes to your body sometimes involves saying no to the things that just are not OK. Maybe we do not need more people telling us what to do? Maybe yogis of today do not need sleeping pills, therapy sessions, diets, cosmetics, surgeons and life coaches? Perhaps the yogic body is still an alternative to becoming a domesticated, docile puppet-body? An alternative to serving the cultural ideals, moral regimes and commercial circuits imposed on us by those in power.

Asana is revolutionary. It is revolutionary because it is a somatic practice – a practice of the body. Its rebellious heart beats behind the front line of rationality, under the radar of cultural elitism. If yoga causes us to eat, sleep, talk, work or love differently it is because the preferences of our bodies have been felt and responded to because it taught us to distinguish between pain and pleasure. When our practice involves listening deeply to the life force within us, yoga allows us to love ourselves exactly as we are. To let go of any need for external authority.

It can come as no surprise, then, that there are still places in the world where teaching yoga can put you in jail. Because within yoga lurks a YES to the life force within you. And thereby also an unflinching NO to those who want to control what you buy, how you look, who you kiss, what you eat, what you vote or how you think.

Modern yoga may look neat and domesticated when pictured in magazines as just another tool for self-improvement. But as a somatic practice of deep self-enquiry it has not lost any of its rebellious potential. Getting intimate with the body may just plug your fingers into the power outlet of an uncontrollable natural force. Remembering the rebellion within yoga is to pay tribute to that which cannot be put in place, that which cannot be tamed, that which no external authority can silence. That force within you that only accepts freedom.

 

A blog post for the creatively maladjusted Rebelle Society.  Postulating bodly that yoga is not about controlling your self or the world around you but rather to reveal the absence of any boundary between them.

http://www.rebellesociety.com/2012/10/18/beyondtheboundary/

full text below:

By Birgitte Gorm Hansen.

“You can not always control what goes on outside. But you-can always control what goes on inside.”

These words were printed in white on top of a photo…

The photo of a stunningly beautiful woman standing in the centre of a busy street. With traffic roaring around her she looks directly into my eyes while balancing in a rather impressive yoga posture (ardha baddha padmottanasana).

The picture magnetizes the gaze. The text printed above her head shines in clear, white letters.

“Cool,” said my friend who reading over my shoulder. “Can you teach me that?” Now that question requires a yoga teacher to choose her words carefully.

“Not a chance,” I said.

I cannot teach students to control “what goes on inside” so that they won’t be disturbed by “what goes on outside.” Practicing and teaching yoga has stripped me of any impulse to do so. Let me explain:

Most (not all) people who try yoga decide to come back because the practice gives them a good sensation in the body. A glimpse of something weightless, a relief of some sort. Many students have shared with me their occasional experience of their body as a soft, warm presence in which they can’t really tell left from right, top from bottom, floor from body, inside from outside.

Photo credit: Ditte Capion Damgaard

A common beginning to this is not being able to feel the exact position of your hands when lying in savasana, and sometimes it can feel like the whole of the body loses its boundaries or leak out into a fuzzy, aliveness: A warm softness not similar to the one we experience at the brink of sleep. Some get it when sitting I stillness on their cushion, a few experience it in active posture practice. A gap in the experience of distinguishing between sensations a blurring of sensation not unlike that of drifting down into sleep.

It’s nothing in particular, really. It’s rather the opposite of feeling anything in particular.

Practicing yoga with sensitivity (what I like to call ahimsa), seems to allow the body to go quiet and thereby invites the mind to take a rest from separating sand and distinguishing. If your posture practice creates no hard, noisy, painful sensations it becomes an invitation to soft quietness. Not just in savasansa, meditation or supported chilled out postures. It can happen if you become comfortable in dog pose, trikonasana, tadasana and it can come off the mat with you.

If there is no struggle, meaning that the body has been patiently prepared over time to enter the pose with integrity, yoga posture practice doesn’t feel like anything in particular.

When the body goes quiet, the mind’s ability to distinguish between what is going on “inside” and what is going on “outside” is invited to loosen its grip for a moment. This experience is not difficult or complicated, requires no faith or spiritual ability. Most of us don’t even realize that it’s happening at first. Often people just think it was a moment of sleep and discard it as distraction.

But through the years I’ve come to the conclusion that it is nothing like sleep. Feeling that you’ve been “gone” for a moment even while standing on your feet or sitting on your cushion or lying in savasana is not necessarily a detour. I’d like to suggest it’s a mini-break from inside/outside distinctions.

By this kind of experience, yoga has to me become a journey that reveals the inseparability of my being from everything else.

From my mat I get a peek into a different context, in which my daily experience of things in particular is immersed into wholeness. To be sure, this is not a religious experience or a transcendental state. I’m not becoming whole through yoga. I’m not being united with something divine, I have not entered a Great Beyond. I have not gone beyond the body.

If there is any beyond, it’s going beyond the very notion of a boundary between body and world. The revelation that I am by nature inseparable from everything around me. The recognition that I was born whole and need no completion.

From that perspective, no control is necessary, no guarding of a boundary between “inside” and “outside” is needed. Sometimes it’s just a glimpse, other times it goes on and on, and sometimes I´m not feeling it at all. When it happens it happens spontaneously and cannot be induced or commanded. I just keep going to the mat without looking for anything in particular.

Going back to the photo of the woman in the busy street—I like to think that she magnetizes our gaze because she exudes that state of feeling “nothing in particular”—of wholeness. I’d like to suggest that the peace in her eyes did not come because she learned to forget about the world around her. By contrast, she seems to have forgotten her Self.

Experiencing the world without struggling to defend a boundary around herself, letting life flow through her full force without resistance. That, I hope, is what makes her beautiful. We cannot take our eyes off her in the same way we cannot help but smile when a baby looks us right in the face.

Photo courtesy: Birgitte Gorm Hansen

Because we already know it.

We all carry the infant memory of how it is to live without erecting boundaries, to have zero point zero resistance to reality, to trust life. Because you are born whole, there is basically nothing you need to optimize, nothing you need to defend, nothing extra you need to acquire you to be 100% okay with this very world.

There is no higher power with which you should strive to unite, no better version of yourself that you need to become.

Just the wholeness that is your natural state when the activity of distinguishing and controlling loses its grip a little. The place where your sense, live and act beyond the boundary is always available in the life you live here and now. Some find this presence without ever having set foot on a yoga mat. Others need a consistent practice to enquire into what we most deeply are.

As a teacher of this approach to yoga the answer has to be an unflinching: Not a chance.

I have no impulse to teach yoga as a discipline by which to gain control of what goes on inside and shut out what goes on outside. For me yoga is an enquiry into the possibility that that separateness is only a temporary, practical measure. That the self/other boundary is hand luggage: Good to carry when our survival is at risk but not necessary to defend or control when safe on the mat. I´d like to teach yoga as a dropping into the living ocean of wholeness.

Uhm… okay,” said my friend after that tirade. “That’s all very interesting. Eh, but I was actually just asking if you could teach me how to get my legs into that ardha baddha-lotus-thing that the girl in the photo is doing. Id really like to be able to balance on my toes like that, It looks über cool! Can you teach me that?

 

“Yeah. No problem.”

Here is a blog post/essay I did for Elephant Yoga. relevant for yogis and mediators alike.

original post.

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/10/yoga-need-not-be-about-control-birgitte-gorm-hansen/

 

text version

Yoga makes some big and audacious promises.

According to The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Yoga is a practice that will stop the chatter of your mind*. I don’t know about your mind but knowing my own I’d say that’s a pretty tall order!

Never the less, most of us have found ourselves on the mat buying toilet paper, arguing with our boss or thinking about sex. And most of us have wondered why we keep doing that when we were supposed to be doing yoga! As much as we enjoy the bliss of being fully present, fully aware or mindful in our practice and in our life, we ever so often find ourselves caught up in memories, fantasies, auto-pilot perception or mental sleep walking.

Does yoga really work then, or is it just another false promise?

Desperately wanting the promises of yoga to be true, we quickly resort to the idea that the only reason yoga isn’t working for us is that we are not as dedicated and disciplined as we should be. We easily latch on to the idea all we need is to put more effort into training awareness, control our mind or discipline our bodies.

“If only I could make my mind STOP” we tell ourselves, “If only I could control the impulse to think about my job/lover/bank account/kids/career/butt…”

However, I’d like to suggest that yoga need not be about control. The famous opening of the yoga sutras “yoga chitta vritti nirhodah” has much more interesting implications than “yoga is a technique to tie down constant movements in consciousness.”

Godfrey Devereux puts it nicely when stating, “Awareness is not a dog you can call.”

Yoga, he seems to suggest, is not animal dressage. If awareness is in any way comparable to an animal, I suppose it would be one of those majestic, wild, free animals that go their own way. An animal which sometimes comes near to follow our actions with curiosity but soon after runs off again without warning. An animal which will sometimes nibble at the food we lay out in its territory but which may as well decide to ignore our kind gesture to go hunting in a forest far away.

Now, there are many examples of how people have found great meaning in catching, harnessing and training wild animals. And to be fair, some impressive accomplishments came out of that project. Civilization for example. But if we’re busy doing is yoga—and not a sophisticated version of synchronized dolphin swimming, one might wonder treating ourselves like dogs is really the way forward.

If yoga really does still the chatter of the mind, I think it is because yoga comes from a place within us that is deeply uncivilized.

A place that is deeper than our personal will, our techniques, our projects and ideals. To me, yoga is not a mental boot camp where we train ourselves to become fully aware. Yoga is a practice that allows us to experience the free, wild rhythm of awareness itself.

Sometimes we are fully aware of what we are busy doing, at other times we are completely gone. Sometimes we feed of that which our yoga practice lays out for us and at other times we go off far away to nibble at fantasies, memories and speculations.

Yoga works, yes.

But not because it teaches us how to discipline our minds and bodies. It works because it allows us to encounter a force much more powerful than that of self-control. Within the vacillating waves of perception “something” is experiencing how awareness oscillates between presence and absence, concentration and distraction, delight and suffering.

“Something” is constantly embracing the oscillations independent of our conscious effort, independent of personal will. I am deeply convinced that this “something” is a wild animal that we can inquire into coming face to face with every time we get on our mat. An unbridled creature who does not come when you call because it was already here.

*Freely and boldly translated from “Yoga citta vritti nirhodhah.” A couple of more scholarly translation would be: “Yoga is the cessation of movements in consciousness (Feurstein 1989) “Yoga is the restrictions of the fluctuations in consciousness” (Iyengar 2002),  “Yoga is experienced in that mind which has ceased to identify itself with its vacillating waves of perception” (Stiles, 2002). That´s all fine. However, the only valid interpretation of Patanjali is your own. Look for it on your mat.

Pranayama and yoga posture practice

There is many a myth out there on what the breath should be doing in yoga posture practice, and much confusion on how to apply the breath when moving.  This workshop will take you on a journey into a deep experience of your own breath. Without distracting you with borrowed dogma you will be invited to experience for your self how to release the breath in action and enjoy the benefits of free, conscious breathing in yoga posture practice.

Suitable for all posture practitioners, from those who have much experience to those to have very little.

About Olivia:

Totally committed to allowing the wisdom of life to guide her through the intelligence of the body Olivia has a manner and teaching style based on the depths and subtleties of her personal practice. Inspiring and supportive, she is able to invite practitioners of all experience to go deeper into their own nature safely and effectively, while bringing new, liberating insights from the mat into daily life. She began formal Yoga teacher training in Sydney, Australia by completing 1000hrs in 2001. Since 2004 she has been studying the Dynamic Yoga Training Method closely with its originator Godfri Devereux, and has completed 10,000 hrs in a Teachers Apprenticeship with him. She is one of only two certified Senior Trainers of the Method

Price: 400 DKR

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

NB: the venue may change to a different location depending on the number of bookings.

Pull the plug, take the plunge and dive into the depths of yoga with a weekend dedicated to nourishing your body. This urban retreat will take place in the beautiful Metropolis Yoga Shala at Sluseholmen, an undisturbed city space with plenty of open sky, ocean views and green walks just around the corner. Each day we will dive deeper into yoga posture flows and meditation allowing you to tune into the subtle delight of being deeply present in the body.

Parts of the retreat will take place in practical silence, giving you the opportunity to go deep within.

The urban retreat is open to all . If you don´t live in Copenhagen, cheap accomodation is available in the yoga room on friday and saturday night.

Friday 17.00-20.00: Introduction and gentle evening yoga class.

Saturday and sunday 9.00-12.30: Pranayama session, flowing yoga posture practice, seated meditation

Saturday and sunday 14.00-16.30  Short talk or dialouge, soft yoga posture practice, meditation

Price: 1600 DKR (includes 15 hours of teaching, tea and snacks)

For an extra 150 DKR a vegetarian lunch will be provided on saturday and sunday.

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

End your summer day with a dip in the ocean and a slow-flowing yoga class. The Coral bath is one of the secret perls in Copenhagen City life. Here you can enjoy a free swim in the sea right next door to the beautiful waterfront yogashala. When you have cooled down in the water you can stroll up to our yoga room and enjoy a warm, gentle yoga practice in the sunset.

The extra long classes give you the time and space to release your body and mind and dive deeper into your practice. Each class gives you a short breath practice, a long flow of accessible simple yoga postures and a deep guided relaxation. Evening classes will be happening every night from july 1st to july 5th. Alll classes in english if required. Yga mats and blankets in the room. all you need to bring is a beginners mind.

The classes are open to all, from new beginners to the most advanced.

Time 18.30-20.30 on july 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th

Price: 1 class 130 DKR   5 classes: 500 DKR. If you book all 5 classes together before july 1st. you get a sound file with a guidet Dynamic Yoga practice you can download and take with you on summer vacation.

The Metropolis building is situated at Sluseholmen abour 20 minutes away from Copenhagen Central station. You can sail to metropolis with the water bus, arrive by bike bike or use bus number 10 and 30 (Busstop:  “Thad jones Vej”). The nearest train station is Sydhavn Station connecting to bus number 10. You can bring your bike in the train and the water bus.

Sun salutation is often used to “fire up” yoga posture practice, either as a transition or a warm-up. But it can also become a meditative practice in itself when approached with sensitivity and patience. Releasing the natural rythm of the breath in a continous flow is an invitation for your mind to go quiet and enjoy the flow. This workshop is in danish only. A few english instructions can be given if needed.

This mini-workshop will explore the internalizing power of yoga posture practice. How can an active, physical practice allow you to fall freely into meditation? A soft flow of seated, prone and supine postures invites your awareness to tune into subtle sensations and your mind to enjoy the delight of being deeply and fully present in the body. The workshop ends in relaxation and seated meditation.
Open to all

booking info@dynamicyoga.dk
Price: 400 DKR
Time 17.00-20.00

Place: The spectacular Metropolis building is home to one of the most beautiful yoga rooms in Copenhagen. It is situated at Oscar Pettifords Vej 25, only a 20-minutes bike ride from Copenhagen central station. You can get to Sluseholmen by water bus, bus number 10 and 30. Nearest train station is Sydhavn, nearest metro is Bella Center. If you arrive early by car you can purchase a guest parking permit for 40 DKR at the studio.

 

The immersion will explore the flexibility and power of the human spine, as the core of yoga posture practice. Extensions, rotations, forward bends and backbends will be presented and explored in sequences that can access, release, strengthen and integrate the spine into the whole body as the source of its power and the medium of its intelligence. The short sequences (meruvinyasa, dandavinyasa, vritavinyasa, and xakravinyasa), which can be combined, can be used to develop genuine core strength while also strengthening and integrating the muscles of the pelvic floor, abdomen, back, spine and ribcage and developing a healthy spinal flexibility.

DAY-PROGRAM FOR IMMERSIONS:

8am-4pm with a 1,5 hour lunch break.

Each day will include a long yoga practice with pranayama and meditation and a presentation of the postures and techniques used in the morning practice. The afternoon consists of a guided exploration of the techniques and if time another short yoga class at the end of the day.

THE TEACHERS:

OLIVIA CROOKS

Totally committed to allowing the wisdom of life to guide her through the intelligence of the body Olivia has a manner and teaching style based on the depths and subtleties of her personal practice. Inspiring and supportive, she is able to invite practitioners of all experience to go deeper into their own nature safely and effectively, while bringing new, liberating insights from the mat into daily life. She began formal Yoga teacher training in Sydney, Australia by completing 1000hrs in 2001. Since 2004 she has been studying the Dynamic Yoga Training Method closely with its originator Godfri Devereux, and has completed 10,000 hrs in a Teachers Apprenticeship with him. She is one of only two certified Senior Trainers of the Method.

BIRGITTE GORM HANSEN is one of the few senior teachers in Dynamic yoga. Originally trained as a psychologist (Ph.D) she has practiced since 1996 and has taught yoga since 2001. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, she teaches workshops in Scandinavia and around Europe. Her instruction is joyful and clear and she teaches with the deepest respect for the student’s internal experience. Birgitte has studied and worked with Godfrey Devereux through all of her 11 years of teaching experience and has assisted in Dynamic Yoga Teacher training since 2007.

Price: 3.950 DKR Bookings is done first-come-first-serve. You can book modules by paying a non-refundable deposit of 40%. The remaining amount is due on the 1st of  November.

Booking:

For registration, please write Heidi Lykholt at: til@heidilykholt.dk

This immersion intensive will explore the integrating power of the spiral dynamic of integrity. This allows the Seven Universal Actions of yoga posture practice to be integrated throughout the whole body via the relationship between the ribcage and the pelvis into the release of the breath. The spiral dynamics of the arms, feet and legs will be explored by way of the interconnected nature of the relationships between the body parts in a variety of standing postures, lunges, backbends and suryanamaskar.

DAY-PROGRAM FOR IMMERSIONS:

8am-4pm with a 1,5 hour lunch break.

Each day will include a long yoga practice with pranayama and meditation and a presentation of the postures and techniques used in the morning practice. The afternoon consists of a guided exploration of the techniques and if time another short yoga class at the end of the day.

THE TEACHERS:

OLIVIA CROOKS

Totally committed to allowing the wisdom of life to guide her through the intelligence of the body Olivia has a manner and teaching style based on the depths and subtleties of her personal practice. Inspiring and supportive, she is able to invite practitioners of all experience to go deeper into their own nature safely and effectively, while bringing new, liberating insights from the mat into daily life. She began formal Yoga teacher training in Sydney, Australia by completing 1000hrs in 2001. Since 2004 she has been studying the Dynamic Yoga Training Method closely with its originator Godfri Devereux, and has completed 10,000 hrs in a Teachers Apprenticeship with him. She is one of only two certified Senior Trainers of the Method.

BIRGITTE GORM HANSEN is one of the few senior teachers in Dynamic yoga. Originally trained as a psychologist (Ph.D) she has practiced since 1996 and has taught yoga since 2001. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, she teaches workshops in Scandinavia and around Europe. Her instruction is joyful and clear and she teaches with the deepest respect for the student’s internal experience. Birgitte has studied and worked with Godfrey Devereux through all of her 11 years of teaching experience and has assisted in Dynamic Yoga Teacher training since 2007.

Price: 3.950 DKR Bookings is done first-come-first-serve. You can book modules by paying a non-refundable deposit of 40%. The remaining amount is due on the 1st of  November.

Booking:

For registration, please write Heidi Lykholt at: til@heidilykholt.dk

This immersion invites you to awaken the latent intelligence of the body. You will learn a complete practice series ( The Vinyasxandrasya Practice Series ) which systematically sensitizes and awakens the whole body while awakening the mind to the power and wisdom of somatic intelligence. You will learn how to access the inherent intelligence of the body by way of the Seven Universal Actions of yoga posture practice, so that your practice can deepen safely and effectively.

The immersion starts at 8am and ends at 16.00 pm with a 1 hour lunch break.

Each day will include a long yoga practice with pranayama and meditation and a presentation of the postures and techniques used in the morning practice. The afternoon consists of a guided exploration of the techniques and if time another short yoga class at the end of the day.

Booking: til@heidilykholt.dk

Price: 3.950 DKR  Booking is first-come-first-serve. You can book a space by paying the entire fee or a non-refundable deposit of 40%. The remaining amount is due on the 1st of the month of each immersion module.

OLIVIA CROOKS

Totally committed to allowing the wisdom of life to guide her through the intelligence of the body Olivia has a manner and teaching style based on the depths and subtleties of her personal practice. Inspiring and supportive, she is able to invite practitioners of all experience to go deeper into their own nature safely and effectively, while bringing new, liberating insights from the mat into daily life. She began formal Yoga teacher training in Sydney, Australia by completing 1000hrs in 2001. Since 2004 she has been studying the Dynamic Yoga Training Method closely with its originator Godfri Devereux, and has completed 10,000 hrs in a Teachers Apprenticeship with him. She is one of only two certified Senior Trainers of the Method.

BIRGITTE GORM HANSEN is one of the five senior teachers in Dynamic yoga. Originally trained as a psychologist (Ph.D) she started practicing yoga in 1996 and has taught since 2001. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, she teaches workshops in Scandinavia and around Europe. Her instruction is joyfully clear and comes from a deep commitment to help her students access their teacher within. Birgitte has studied with Godfrey Devereux through all her years of teaching and has been assisting Dynamic Yoga Teacher trainings since 2006.  In her practice and teaching she enquires into into the possibility of falling lightheartedly from the pidestal of knowledge into the arms of wisdom.

Friday 8/11, 17.30 – 20.30: Rotations and twists
Releasing tension in the core of the body is one of the ways in which yoga posture practice can bring about deep nourishment. This evening class will explore the possibilities of releasing the core of your body through spinal rotations and twists. The beginning of the class will explore releasing through action in a dynamic flow of xandra namaskar (moon salutation) and a couple of standing rotations. The class ends by letting go into soft, nourishing flow of seated rotations, seated twists, supine and inverted postures. The class invite you to access the deep spinal muscles and help your body to let go of whatever unnecessary tension it may be carrying.

Being Bliss – weekend workshop

Bliss “Ānanda” is a word we often hear in relation to yoga. This does not mean that yoga will draw you into a “blissed out” hypnotic trance state. Ānanda is much more than a brief peak of wild ecstasy or a quick pit stop in final relaxation. Ānanda is a ground state, a baseline for being conscious and alive. Its subtle universal quality is always available whether you are sad or happy, in pain or in love, grieving or celebrating. Its not the light at the end of the yoga-tunnel. Bliss is your birth name.

Saturday morning 10.00 – 13.00: Tuning in
This slow-flowing class invites you to take the plunge into a quiet world of physical sensation. By effortless action and soft movements we flow through a simple vinyasa sequence of standing, inverted and supine postures. You will be invited to feel the subtle sensations of your body, thereby inviting a quiet, soft experience of being conscious bliss (Sat Cit Ānanda).

Saturday afternoon  14.00-17.00 Exploring
After lunch we will have a brief exploration of the techniques used in the morning practice. Little experiments on the mat help you clarify how yoga posture practice can be an invitation to go deeper without pain or struggle. We close the day with a soft yoga class on the back and shoulders.

Sunday morning 10.00 – 13.00 Letting go
This morning class will be taught as a soft, meditative flow. You will be guided slowly through a series of supine, prone and sitting postures ending in two rounds of seated meditation. The sequence invites you to access your innate blissful being state.

Prices: Friday evening 400 SEK,  Saturday and sunday: 1300 SEK , All classes: 1600 SEK.

Registration: tania.grosjean@telia.com

Webpage: www.yogarummet.se

Birgitte is back in Studio Frid with a three hour vinyasa flow unleashing the natural rhythm  of the breath. The flow will take you through basic standing and sitting postures which softens and opens the ribcage as an invitation for you to breathe freely. The class begins with a short seated pranayama practice and ends in relaxation and  breath-meditation.

Price: 450 Swedish Kroner

Booking: kim@studiofrid.se

Bliss “Ānanda” is a word we often hear in relation to yoga. This does not mean that yoga will draw you into a “blissed out” hypnotic trance state. Ānanda is much more than a brief peak of wild ecstasy or a quick pit stop in endorphine-induced relaxation. Ānanda is a ground state, a baseline for being conscious and alive. Its subtle universal quality is always available whether you are sad or happy, in pain or in love, grieving or celebrating. It’s not a light at the end of the yoga-tunnel. Bliss is your birth name.

09:30-13.00 Tuning in A long slow-flowing class focused on becoming sensitive to physical sensation. By effortless action and soft movements we flow through standing, inverted and supine postures to deepen your ability to feel more subtle sensations, thereby inviting a quiet, soft feeling of being deeply present in the body.

 14.00-15.00 Exploring After lunch we will have a brief exploration of the techniques used in the morning practice. Little experiments on the mat help you clarify how yoga posture practice can be an  invitation to go deeper without pain or struggle

15.00-16.30 Leting Go  The afternoon class will be taught as a soft floor-flow. You will be guided slowly through a series supine, prone and sitting postures ending in two rounds of seated meditation. This very meditative and soft flow invites you to explore the blissful being state of human embodiment.

Price: 700 swedish kroner

Booking: kim@studiofrid.se

Open classes:

Friday 13/12 at 17.00-20.00:  Yoga posture praxis for alert relaxation

Saturday 14/12 at 8.00-11.00: Yoga posture praxis as meditation

Sunday 15/12 at 8.00-11.00 : Yoga posture praxis as pranayama

Monday 16/12 17.00-20.00 Seated paranayama

no experience with yoga is required to participate in the open classes

Full course for Yoga teachers:

Any trained or trainee yoga teacher can register for the full course with Godfrey as advanced teacher training days. This includes all open classes plus two extra sessions focusing on teaching and instruction:

Saturday 12.30-16.30:  Ujjayi breathing and active pranayama

Sunday 12.30-16.30 :  Teaching Ujjayi in yoga posture praxis

As the afternoons will be going into the methodology of teaching that lies behind the morning sesions, You need to register for the full course to join the afternoons.

Prices:
1 open class: 450 DKR.
Four open classes 1600 DKR

Full course (trained or trainee yoga teachers only) 1900,-

Booking:
info@dynamicyoga.dk

Godfri Devereux

Godfrey Devereux has been teaching and practicing yoga for over 40 years and his contribution to the art and science of yoga is unique and remarkable. His discoveries and developments are numerous, ongoing and allow yoga to be experienced without reference to esotericism or unverifiable concepts. Unintimidated by the ideologies and hierarchies of tradition he has been able to cast clear light not only on the subtleties of yoga practice, but also on the nature of the body-mind relationship and the significance of human consciousness.

Godfrey’s pioneering journey into the roots of human experience is grounded in a lifetime of yoga practice on mat and cushion that began when he was 16 years old. Fertilised by professional training in Child Development and Education, Oriental Medicine, and dedicated study with masters of Zen, Advaita and Tantra as well as Indian Yoga Gurus, Godfrey’s practice has brought him to a deep, lucid intimacy with the subtleties of being human within which its apparent paradoxes are all heart-warmingly resolved.

At the heart of his teaching is a presentation of yoga as unity, rather than union, intelligence not knowledge.

godfreys website is www.dynamicyoga.com

 

All drop-ind classes are taught in english if required and take place in “Københavns Yoga”, Willemoesgade 14, Copenhagen. You can register online through the webpage www.kbhyoga.dk and pay in the yoga center when you arrive. Room opens 20 minutes before the class.

Mondays 20.15-22.45 Dynamic Yoga good night (Birgitte/alice on alternate weeks)

Tuesdays 9.30-11.00 Dynamic Yoga all levels

Tuesdays 16.30-18.00 Dynamic Yoga all levels

Wedensdays 9.45 til 11.15 Dynamic Yoga all levels  (starting april 10th)

Releasing tension in the core of the body is one of the ways in which yoga posture practice can bring about a deep nourishment. This evening class will explore the possibilities of releasing the core of your body through spinal rotations and twists: The practice invites the body to breathe freely, the internal organs to be nourished and the mind to take a well deserved rest. The beginning of the class will explore  releasing through action in a dynamic flow of  xandra namaskar (moon salutation) and a couple of standing rotations. The class ends by letting go into soft, nourishing flow of seated rotations, seated twists, supine and inverted postures.  The class invite you to access the deep spinal muscles and help your body to let go of whatever unnecessary tension it may be carrying.

Price: 450 Kr

Booking: info@yogaivalby.dk

Dynamic Yoga is visiting the yoga festival in Århus: Yoga Days 2013 with a Master class on moving meditation. learn more about yoga days 2013 athttp://yogadays2013.wordpress.com/program/

all classes in the festival are non profit and free of charge. donations for the festival are welcome but not required t participate

Feel-good-yoga

I yoga tales der meget om ”bliss” eller ”fryd” (Ānanda). Men mange af os kommer til yoga og oplever at vi skal bide tænderne hårdt sammen for at komme igennem en moderne flow-baseret yogaklasse. Er man et helt almindeligt moderne menneske kan mange yogastillinger føles som fysiske umuligheder og Ānanda lyder lidt som en by i Rusland.

”Bliss” er imidlertid ikke en præmie du får hvis du gennemfører en yoga-boot-camp. Ānanda er en grundtilstand  i mennesket, en tilstand du er født med og som yoga tilbyder dig at genopdage.

På denne klasse får du en introduktion til hvordan Dynamic Yoga arbejder med kroppens naturlige intelligens, sådan at du kan få en aktiv fysisk yogapraksis der føles godt. En praksis hvor du undersøger muligheden for at finde fryden ved, simpelthen at være i live.

Den første halvdel af klassen er baseret på serien månehilsen (chandra namaskar), et aktivt og meditativt flow af yogastillinger der vækker sensitiviteten og kommer hele kroppen igennem. Den sidste del af klassen er et mere blidt flow af liggende og omvendte stillinger. Vi slutter med afspænding og en kort, siddende meditation.

Workshoppen er for alle. Fra nybegyndere til de mest avancerede. Tag en varm trøje og et tæppe med til den sidste del af klassen så du ikke bliver kold.

This mini-workshop allows you to explore grounding as the basis for yoga posture practice. A series of standing postures focusing on the activation of the feet invites you to explore gravity as a foundation for all of life’s impulse to grow, reach and expand. Finding your feet is a powerful and deeply healing practice for advanced students and beginners alike.  The class lands in deep relaxation and sitting meditation. An invitation to trust life and let go into that, which has been carrying you all along.

Time: 10.00-13.00

Price: 400 DKR

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

Place: Metropolis Building, Oscar Pettifords Vej 25. 6th floor, Copenhagen SV

The mind is the great divider, but in dividing body from mind and mind from consciousness endless suffering results. This workshop will provide you with the practical tools, and a foolproof itinerary for accessing consciousness as the core human intelligence. You will be guided through yoga posture praxis  in to the subtle depths of both body and mind, so that they reveal not only their inherent relationship to each other, but their relationship to consciousness also.

June 21 17.00-20.00   OPENING THE BODY This yoga posture session will show you how to open your body and your mind to the subtle presence of consciousness through a simple, nourishing yoga posture praxis.

June 22 10.00-13.00 INTEGRATING ACTION
This yoga posture session will focus on refining and integrating the Seven Universal Actions so that the inherent singularity of the body as consciousness expresses itself freely and consciously.

June 22. 14.00-17.00  INTEGRATING BODY AND MIND
This yoga posture session will use the Dynamics of Integrity to integrate body and mind as consciousness by way of action and movement.

June 23  10.00-12.00: MEDITATION IN ACTION
This yoga posture session will focus on accessing the meditative mind through sensitive, rhythmic yoga posture practice.

June 23 14.00-17.00 INTEGRATING BODY MIND AND SPIRIT
This meditation session will focus on revealing the nature and relationship between body mind and consciousness.

Prices:

Friday night 400DKR

Saturday-sunday: 1400 DKR

Friday-sunday: 1500 DKR

 

Booking. info@dynamicyoga.dk

Take the plunge into a quiet world of sensation with a four-day retreat in the heart of Barcelona. Feeling your way into movements and postures allows you to safely dive deeper into the subtle heart of yoga. The classes constitute a progressive step-by-step journey of learning to act on what you can feel and reveal a deep trust in your natural ability to guide your actions from within. Awakening sensitivity takes your practice beyond discipline, rule or dogma and brings you face to face with the teacher within you.

A progressive series of long, slow-flowing yoga classes allows you to go deeper in your practice day by day. The schedule leave ample room to explore the beauty of Barcelona or just relax at the beach in the afternoons.

Classes will take place in at the YogaDinamico Center located in central Barcelona. You will practicing in the stone-wall shala with a high celing beautiful woodden floors and all the neccessary equipment in place so you can travel light.

In the evening of Saturday and sunday you have the extra option of going back to the center in the evening for concert/workshop exploring healing sound from Tibetan singling bowls. The retreat can be combined with the concerts and/or the dynamic yoga festival taking place at the end of the week. Between the workshop and the festival classes in English will be offered by Birgitte and other teachers at the yoga center so you can continue your practice in barcelona up to the festival days.

Program:

Friday may 17th 17.00-20.30:  Gentle yoga class

Saturday may 18th  9.00-12.30: Dynamic yoga class

Sunday may 19th  9.00-12.30:  Dynamic Yoga class

Monday may 20th  8.00-11.30: Gentle Yoga class

All classes include a pranayama, flowing posture practice, long relaxation and concluding meditation. After the class Birgitte is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your practice.

Price: 200 EUR (there is a discount on the urban retreat if booked together with the Dynamic Yoga Festival taking place at the 25-29th of May outside Barcelona).

boking and enquiries: info@yogadinamico.es

The biannual festival takes place near Barcelona (same venue as 2010). This year we have decided to offer more classes taught by senior teachers and dynamic yoga trainers. As last time there will be lots of fun for the kids and possibility for babysitting during classes.

With affordable prices for families bringing children this is the ideal opportunity to take your yoga practice beyond the mat and share it with your family and friends. Chill out in the early morning self practice or attend classes during the day. Hang out with the kids at the pool or take a drive to the nearest beach and come back to the amazing windfire kitchen, live music events, chanting and the yoga party of the year!

Festival Website is here

 

 

 

December darkness softly wraps around us, seeds are waiting under ground and in the forest far away the animals are in curled up in winter sleep. Winter solstice is an invitation to nourish your body and replenish your energy. The value of deep relaxation is ever more present at this time of year as our bodies naturally requires us to recharge and rest before the light returns and deeper states of letting go is more easily available.

A 3-hour candlelight yoga class allows you to softening deep into the core of the body by a series of supine, inverted and restorative postures, focusing on gentle backbends. The posture practice ends in deep relaxation and a short seated meditation inviting your mind to take a well-deserved rest. After the class you can enjoy a cup of steaming hot lemon tea with honey and a sweet snack to warm you before going home.

Time 21-12-12 from 18.00-21.00

Place: This event takes place in the spectacular Metropolis building, Oscar Pettifords Vej 25, 6. th at Sluseholmen . There is a very limited number of spaces for this intimate evening event, so book fast if you want to come.Price: 400 DKR

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

Practical: bring a yoga mat and a blanket. If you dont have ne please send an email to info@dynamicyoga.dk and one will be provided. How to get to the metropolis building: Sluseholmen is within easy biking distance from central Copenhagen. You can also take the train to sydhavnen station and /or bus number 10 to Sluseholmen. Bus number 30 from vesterport  is stopping the same place. If the harbour is not frozen, Havnebussen (harbour bus service) sails  straight to the door. If you arrive by car, guest parking spaces right next to the building can be provided if you bring 40 DKR in cash.

the class is open to all and will be taught in english.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Godfrey is back with the popular advanced teacher training days This two-day workshop is open to any trained or trainee teacher wanting to refine their instruction and deepen their practice.

Both days begin at 8.00 and end at 17.00.

April 15th : Teaching from action -how not to waste words

April 16th: Teaching Yoga Posture Practice as meditation – how to integrate body, mind and conciousness.

Price: 1500 DKR

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

APRIL 12:  Human intelligence as the key to life and yoga (talk).

This talk will explore the depths and subtleties of human intelligence to contextualise and fertilise yoga and meditation practice and their relevance to daily life. It will explore the three aspects of human intelligence and their interrelationships: somatic, cerebral and spiritual.

APRIL 13: SOMATIC MEDITATION WORKSHOP   (10.00-18.00)

To become intimate with the subtle presence and nature of the body is to become able to be intimate with mind and consciousness. Only then is it possible to fully integrate the intelligence and power of consciousness with that of mind, so that mental activity can be grounded in the nondual intelligence of consciousness. This workshop will present a progressive methodology for accessing the nondual, impersonal intelligence of consciousness from the body. No prior meditative experience required.

APRIL 14  TANTRA YOGA WORKSHOP   (10.00-1800)

The postural practices of Hatha Yoga have their origins in Tantra. The Tantric approach to life regards the body as a temple,  and its sexuality as an expression of spiritual energy. The systematic sensitisation of the bodimind through subtle, sensitive action can be used to access, awaken and integrate the subtle energy body. In doing so core sexual energy  is released as a healing, nourishing circulation throughout the whole body that enlivens and harmonises both body and mind. This workshop will explore the somatic practices (asana, bandha, mudra and pranayama) that unlock the healing power of sexual energy as a process of deep psychosomatic and spiritual release.

Registration: info@dynamicyoga.dk

Prices: Friday night 250

Saturday: 800 DKR

Sunday: 800DKR

Friday-sunday: 1500

 

Senior Dynamic Teacher Jo Kemp is back in Copenhagen with three sweet sessions on shoulder inversions. For the exact timetable, prices and more info, Contact info@kbhyogaa.dk

This workshop will take us on a vinyasa krama (step by step progression) of shoulder inversions. Often just squeezed in at the end of a practise, the benefits of inversions can be overlooked. They are a potent means to pacifying and providing complete rest to the cellular structure of the whole body, while simultaneously lending to an experience of internalisation and release.

Friday February 15th. 5 – 8pm.
The first session begins with a specific sequence to sensitize, awaken and prepare the body for going up on the shoulders. Guided using layers of instruction so that the body can develop pathways, assimilate and deepen ones capacity for coming and being on the shoulders with integrity. Whether you are very comfortable on your shoulders or have never been up on them you will benefit from understanding how to sequentially prepare the body, so that when you do come up your experience is a nourishing and pleasurable one.

Saturday February 16th. 9 – 12am
In the second session we gather a little more momentum and move through a complete practise sequence that takes us from preparation and into actually being on the shoulders, journeying into the different shoulder stand variations as they are interweaved into the practice. The shoulder inversions take us deeper into understanding how to use the arms in relation to the shoulders and spine. They develop the wrists and arms and they soften and awaken the spine in easy gentle forward and back bending shapes. The nourishing supportive arena of being upside down leads us towards an experience of effortless integration and we can benefit greatly from the heart been rested over the head.

Saturday February 16th. 1 – 5pm.
The third session begins with a short presentation (where you will be able to see many of the inversions you have been taken through in the morning). Followed by a question and answer time, with plenty of opportunity to gain individual feedback and clarification.
Each session includes posture practice, relaxation, some sitting and a little dialogue.
The first session is beneficial as a stand-alone experience, yet to attend the third session students need to have attended session 1 and 2

Prices:
Friday 5 – 8pm: 400,- DDK
Saturday 9 – 12am: 400,- DDK
Saturday 1 – 5pm: 450,- DDK
Booking: Registrations: Info@kbhyoga.dk
Questions: info@dynamicyoga.dk

Jo Kemp

is dedicated to inspire her students towards deep inquiry, discovering the infinite wisdom, unity and love within. She is the founder/director of the Now Be Yoga space in Sitges, Spain, where she teaches classes and courses, weekend retreats and leads residential mentoring programmes for yoga teachers. Jo is registered at 1000hrs with the I.Y.T.R. Having explored and taught many of the varied approaches to yoga Jo now teaches within the frame of the Dynamic Yoga method developed by Godfrey Devereux. Jo began studying yoga while living in India in 1989 after has been teaching since 1998.

Visit Jo’s website at: www.nowbeyoga.com

 

Strengthening the deep spinal muscles is a key to going deeper in yoga posture practice for beginners and advanced students alike. A strong spine allows you to release unnecessary tension in the core of the body and soften into even more challenging postures. Releasing tension in the core of the body is also one of the ways in which yoga posture practice can bring about a deep nourishment. This class will explore the possibilities of activating the spine in a slow, deep flow of spinal extensions and rotations. The practice invites the body to breathe freely, the internal organs to be nourished and the mind to take a well deserved rest. The beginning of the class will explore  the possibility of release through action in a dynamic flow of  chandra namaskar (moon salutation) and a couple of standing rotations. The class ends by letting go into soft, nourishing flow of seated and supine rotations.  After a long guided relaxation we land in seated meditation and a little dialogue, clarifying the impacts and effects of softening the core.

to book: contact kim@studiofrid.se

These 4 immersions are open to anyone wanting to deepen their yoga practice. Each immersion can be booked individually or the 4 modules can be booked as a whole. The immersions are highly recommendable for trained and trainee teachers who want to deepen their understanding. Taken together, the four immersions make up the first half of the 200-hour Dynamic yoga teacher training. In practice though,  you will receive close to 300 hours of contact hours in training. This is more than the 100 hours that is usually offered in 200 hour trainings. To become certified in this 200hour training you will need to complete all four immersions, plus a 3 week residential ‘Teaching Skills’ intensive with Godfrey Devereux and Olivia Crooks. This is held each September in France at Windfire Yoga. Any trained teacher with a 200 hour certificate from another school of yoga, can add these hours to this 200hour training to make 500hours.

For registration, please write Heidi Lykholt at: til@heidilykholt.dk

The four modules are:

PART ONE: NOURISHING THE BODY (May 9-12th 2013)

Learn about the nourishing power of yoga posture practice, upon which all its other possible benefits depend. You will learn a complete practice series designed to invite deep nourishment to body and mind, and some potent pranayama practices for deep release and rejuvenation. The Vinyasasuptasya Practice Series includes inversions, supine and prone poses, backbends, extensions and rotations. You will learn how to access the inherent integrity of the body by way of the Dynamics of Integrity, so that your practice will always be as nourishing as it can be invigorating and transformative.

 

PART TWO: AWAKENING THE BODY (d. 25-28. okt 2013)

This immersion invites you to awaken the latent intelligence of the body. You will learn a complete practice series designed to awaken all the muscles of the body. The Vinyasxandrasya Practice Series systematically sensitizes and awakens the whole body while awakening the mind to the power and wisdom of somatic intelligence. You will learn how to access the inherent intelligence of the body by way of the Seven Universal Actions of yoga posture practice, so that your practice can deepen safely and effectively.
PART THREE: INTEGRATING THE BODY (d. 21-24. nov 2013)

This immersion intensive will explore the integrating power of the spiral dynamic of integrity. This allows the Seven Universal Actions of yoga posture practice to be integrated throughout the whole body via the relationship between the ribcage and the pelvis into the release of the breath. The spiral dynamics of the arms, feet and legs will be explored by way of the interconnected nature of the relationships between the body parts in a variety of standing postures, lunges, backbends and suryanamaskar.
PART FOUR: STRENGTHENING THE BODY (Feb.28 – march 3rd  2014)

The final immersion will explore the flexibility and power of the human spine, as the core of yoga posture practice. Extensions, rotations, forward bends and backbends will be presented and explored in sequences that can access, release, strengthen and integrate the spine into the whole body as the source of its power and the medium of its intelligence. The short sequences (meruvinyasa, dandavinyasa, vritavinyasa, and xakravinyasa), which can be combined, can be used to develop genuine core strength while also strengthening and integrating the muscles of the pelvic floor, abdomen, back, spine and ribcage and developing a healthy spinal flexibility.

About Dynamic Yoga Teacher Training

This teacher training is based on practice as yoga is a practice and not an academic subject. Contrary to a university degree, yoga cannot be learned by reading and listening. Teaching yoga is a craft in which the body is the most important vehicle. To be a good teacher you need to efficiently transmit your own experience on the mat on the basis of what you can feel and realize on your own without having to parrot a teacher or a book. This is why the first half of the teacher training is focused on your own practice and your ability to feel and adapt based on the shifting capacity of your body as it goes deeper. You will receive a thorough introduction to asana, pranayama and meditation.

Each module comes with its own set of teaching materials. You will receive text, sound and image files to deepen your practice at home between modules. The four immersions form the first half of the internationally certified 200-hour Dynamic yoga Teacher Training. The training is concluded with a three week teaching skills intensive at Windfire School of Yoga running in France every year ion September. The first four immersions are taught by Dynamic Yoga Trainer Olivia Crooks and the afternoon explorations are guided by Dynamic Yoga Senior Teacher Birgitte Gorm Hansen. Det teaching skills intensive in France is taught by Godfrey Devereux og Olivia Crooks.  Godfrey Devereux has taught yoga since the 1980´ies and has trained hundreds of yoga teachers all over the world. He published 7 books on yoga and philosophy and is one of the most respected teachers in Europe.

DAY-PROGRAM FOR IMMERSIONS:

8am-4pm with a 1 hour lunch break.

Each day will include a long yoga practice with pranayama and meditation and a presentation of the postures and techniques used in the morning practice. The afternoon consists of a guided exploration of the techniques and if time another short yoga class at the end of the day.

THE TEACHERS:

OLIVIA CROOKS

Totally committed to allowing the wisdom of life to guide her through the intelligence of the body Olivia has a manner and teaching style based on the depths and subtleties of her personal practice. Inspiring and supportive, she is able to invite practitioners of all experience to go deeper into their own nature safely and effectively, while bringing new, liberating insights from the mat into daily life. She began formal Yoga teacher training in Sydney, Australia by completing 1000hrs in 2001. Since 2004 she has been studying the Dynamic Yoga Training Method closely with its originator Godfri Devereux, and has completed 10,000 hrs in a Teachers Apprenticeship with him. She is one of only two certified Senior Trainers of the Method.

BIRGITTE GORM HANSEN is one of the few senior teachers in Dynamic yoga. Originally trained as a psychologist (Ph.D) she has practiced since 1996 and has taught yoga since 2001. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, she teaches workshops in Scandinavia and around Europe. Her instruction is joyful and clear and she teaches with the deepest respect for the student’s internal experience. Birgitte has studied and worked with Godfrey Devereux through all of her 11 years of teaching experience and has assisted in Dynamic Yoga Teacher training since 2007.

PRICES.

PART 14 (in Aalborg): 14.900 DKR (includes 128 hpours+ course materials)
This price is for all four immersions booked at once before may 1st. 2013.

SINGLE IMMERSION MODULE: 3.950 DKR

Booking is done first-come-first-serve. You can book modules by paying a non-refundable deposit of 40%. The remaining amount is due on the 1st of the month of each immersion module. 

PART 2 TEACHING SKILLS IN FRANCE: 2250 EUR (covering minimum 150 hours of teaching, accomodation plus course materials)
Booking over 3 months in advance gives you an early bird discount of 10%. The amount includes teaching with Godfrey and Olivia as well as food and lodging at windfire yoga retreat center. Transport is not included in the price.

WHO CAN COME?

If you have a yoga practice you are welcome to participate in any of the first 4 modules. There are no demands on your strength and flexibility. Only demand is a genuine interest to dive deep into the details of the practice and a beginners mind.

Certification and completion of the 200 hour training:

Participation in teaching skills intensive is open to anyone who has completed the first 4 immersion modules or the windfire depth intensive retreat. If the teachers assess from your practice and understanding that you are ready for part 2 you can begin the teaching skills intensive. To get certification for the 200 hour dynamic yoga teacher training you also need to do a written paper at the end of the teaching skills intensive.

To complete the 200 hour, you thus need to have comleted all hours of both immersions and teacher training. Once you have attended all the hours; to be eligible for 200hr certification in this teacher training you will need to complete a written paper and show to Godfrey (on the teaching skills intensive) that you have embodied and understood the dynamic yoga training method. Windfire school of yoga are certified by the independnt yoga network (IYN) . Any trained teacher with a 200 hour certificate from another school of yoga, can add these hours to this 200hour training to apply for 500hour cetification with IYN and The Yoga Register.

Participation in teaching skills intensive is open to anyone who has completed the first 4 immersion modules or the windfire depth intensive retreat. If the teachers assess from your practice and understanding that you are ready for part 2 you can begin the teaching skills intensive. To get certification for the 200 hour dynamic yoga teacher training you also need to do a written paper at the end of the teaching skills intensive.

 On Godfrey Devereux and the teaching skills intensive in France:

Training in Dynamic Yoga with Godfrey Devereux is a rare and invaluable experience. Not only because Godfrey is one of the world’s most experienced Yoga Teacher Trainers, but also because the breadth and depth of his experience has allowed him to develop the most powerful and complete teaching methodology available: The Dynamic Yoga Training Method. This profound and precise methodology is based directly on the intelligence of the human bodimind and represents a genuine renaissance of yoga posture praxis as a spiritual praxis capable of satisfying the deepest human longing.  Taking place in two parts, Embodiment (the Immersion Modules) and Application (Teaching Skills) our training will provide you with the understanding and tools to teach yoga postures to benefit body, mind and spirit safely and satisfyingly, while allowing you to adapt your new skills to your previous experience to become the teacher you  have always wanted to be.

The  Immersion Modules, led by Senior Trainer Olivia Crooks, take you deep into the intelligence of body, mind and consciousness in a  gradual, progressive process of deep internalisation and integration. You will undertake a systematic exploration of  over 150 postural, breath and awareness techniques practiced, presented and explored in dynamically linked groups that clarify and amplify their functional, structural and energetic relationships. These techniques mobilise and recalibrate the whole bodimind and provide the indispensable, practical basis for the integration of intelligence upon which the deep fruits of yoga depend.

The Teaching Skills Course led by both Godfrey and Olivia provides a deep and thorough training in the art of teaching yoga dynamically. You will learn how to use the mobile nature of the body to prepare your students for the sustained and genuine stillness upon which yoga depends. You will be shown how to progressively recalibrate the neuromuscular habits of your students’ bodies so that they become habituated to acting with integrity, while releasing tension and developing deep structural and functional strength. You will also be shown how to simultaneously use this neuromuscular process to release the mind from distorted and destructive habits within the context of yoga posture praxis. This will take place within a detailed exploration of the art of progressive instruction (Vinyasakrama), which allows your students to transform body and mind safely, gradually and effortlessly.
While being deeply informative, as well as profoundly transformational, our courses are not based on the accumulation of information, but on action and experience. You will be invited to a deep and informative intimacy with the human body, mind and consciousness, by way of your own direct experience.

Booking: til@heidilykholt.dk

 

 

Dynamic Yoga begins in the body you have today. You will not need to grab your toes or hold your breath to plunge into the deep end of yoga. The course is taught from a structured yoga method which allows you to deepen your practice step by step without pain or injury. Beginners will receive a secure foundation for their practice, advanced students will be invited to access the subtle depths of yoga posture practice as meditation in action. All classes are two hours long and have a maximum of 12 participants. Each class are taught as a meditative flow of postures followed by a deep relaxation. The class is taught in english, but supporting instructions can be given in Danish if neccessary.

Teachers: Birgitte Gorm Hansen and Alice Martucci (on alternate weeks)

Time.: Mondays 17.00-19.00 On the following dates: 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 3/12, 10/12, 17/12
If you miss a class you can replace up to three times on another class within the course period.

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

Price. 1.080,- (12 hours of teaching)

Address: Mindful House Dronningens Tværgade 6A, 1-2. Sal, 1302 København K

This workshop is in Danish, but may shift to English if needed. Focus is on establishing the bandhas as an integrated part of any yoga posture. The bandhas are essential in yoga posture practice, not only because they protect the joints and stabilize the core of the body. Practicing asana as bandha is an invitation cross the threshold from mere posturing and enter into the subtle depths of yoga. Rather than giving you knowledge about the physical, psychological and energetic effects of the bandhas this workshop will give you the tools to explore them in practice and experience firsthand their energetic and subtle effects. The aim of the workshop is to explore how the bandhas are not just about tension and stability but also about deep release and integration.

to enquire more, write info@dynamicyoga.dk

Bandhaerne er en række kraftfulde teknikker indenfor yoga. På dansk oversættes bandha ofte med “kropslås” og beskrives som en teknik der oplader kroppens energi ved at holde den inde i stedet for at lade den strømme udad. På denne workshop bliver bandha brugt som noget der “låser op” snarere end noget der “låser i”.

På denne weekend workshop går vi til bandha som en naturlig funktion indbygget i menneskekroppens design. Vi undersøger bandha som noget der opstår spontant når kroppen aktiveres. Du lærer en række måder at aktivere din krop på som inviterer bandhaerne spontant. Dette gør at du selvstændigt kan bruge dem i din egen praksis bag efter. Vi vil primært arbejde med bandha i de fysiske stillinger (asana). Kurset forløber over tre dynamisk flydende klasser der alle er baseret på en fysisk yogapraksis med masser af bevægelse. Undervinsingen krydres med små ”eksperimenter” og praktiske undersøgelser der afklarer principperne og giver mulighed for spørgsmål.

På workshoppen vil du lære at aktivere følgende bandhaer: Håndens bandha (hastabandha), fodens bandha (padabandha), (rodlåsen) mulabandha, brystkasselåsen (uddiyanabandha), halslåsen (jaladarabandha) og måske når vi frem til også at opleve helkrops-bandhaen (sarvangabandha).

Lørdag 10.00-13. 00: Morgenklassen begynder med en pranayama-sesion (åndedrætsøvelser) hvor bandhaerne aktiveres fra åndedrættet. Derefter følger en serie af yogastillinger og flows der viser hvordan aktiveringen hænder og arme kan fungere som en strukturel invitation til bandha. Klassen slutter med siddende meditation og dialog.

(obs! Det er bedst ikke at have mad i maven inden denne klasse. Kom gerne på tom mave eller slut morgenmaden 2 timer før klassen starter. Medbring evt. en snack du kan spise sidst i timen hvis du har tendens til lavt blodsukker).

Lørdag 14-16.30 : Eftermiddagsklassen er indeholder et langsomt flow samt lange ophold i blide, siddende stillinger. Klassen fokuserer på hvordan aktiveringen af rygsøjlen samt fødder og ben kan fungere som en strukturel invitation til de tre bandhaer i torsoen. Klassen slutter med siddende meditation og dialog.

Søndag 10.00-13.00: Her breder vi det vi har lært ud til at omfatte kroppen som et hele. Ved at arbejde simultant med at aktivere hænder, fødder, arme, ben og rygsøjle kan bandhaerne opstå spontant som en integreret del af enhver yogastilling. Vi undersøger muligheden for at lade bandhaerne i hænder, fødder, bækken og torso flyde sammen til en oplevelse af bandhaerne i hele kroppen (sarvangabandha). Klassen slutter med siddende meditation samt dialog.

Søndag 14.00-16.30 (for yogalærere): Søndagen slutter med en session for yogalærer der går bag om undervisningen og bryder klaserne ned til nogle principper du kan bruge i din egen undervisning.  Vi snakker om filosofien og metoden bag at undervise asana som bandha. Hvad skal man især være opmærksom på? Hvordan sekvenserer man en klasse med fokus på bandhas? Hvornår og til hvem er det godt at undervise i bandhas? Hvornår ikke? Hvilke energetiske effekter har bandhas og hvad kan de bruges til?

Eftermiddagsklassen foregår som dialog men afbrudt af små eksperimenter på yogamåtten.

Da hver klasse er en forberedelse til den næste vil det ikke være muligt at booke enkelte dage. Søndagsklasserne giver kun mening hvis man har deltaget om lørdagen.

Workshoppen er åben for alle og kræver ingen kendskab til yoga. Der vil ikke blive lavet stillinger der kræver særlig styrke eller smidighed. Men du skal være indstillet på at bevæge dig og være aktiv igennem alle klasserne.

Sted:

Yoga i Hornbæk. A.R. Friis vej. Hornbæk

Pris:

Hele lørdagen samt søndag morgen:

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December is the time of sharing and giving, but for many of us it is also the busiest month of the year. To be fully open and present to those we love requires that we remember to nourish ourselves and care for the body. This slow-flowing backbend-class is dedicated to open your heart and replenish your resources. A meditative three-hour flow will take you through a progressive series of backbends, closing with a deep release of the spine. Birgitte will teach you how to support the vulnerable joints in the lower back and neck in active backbends, so you can safely take yourself deeper. As the class progress, supported alternatives will be given to those who have reached the limit of their capacity. The flow lands softly in a guided relaxation and awakens you to seated meditation.

Time: 11.30-14.30

Place: Studio Frid, Köpenhamnsvägen 46

Price: 400 swedish kroner

Booking: kim@studiofrid.se

 

Dynamic Yoga workshop with José Luis in Copenhaguen! This is a great opportunity for all levels of practitioners from total beginners to teachers of any style to practice with one of the only two certified Senior Dynamic Yoga Trainers. José Luis will guide you into the nourishing & accessible depths of yoga and life exactly as you are in the moment. The friday night workshop can be booked as a stand-alone event but is recommended as a preparation for the saturday workshop.

Friday night 17.00 – 20.00 Introduction to the practical and functional depths of Yoga  .

Introductory contextualizing talk continuing with an accessible 2 hours Dynamic Yoga flow of postures and movements, guided relaxation & meditation, then little talk & clarifying dialogue.

Jose Luis is  one of the two certified Dynamic yoga trainers. He is the director of yogastudio: Dynamic Yoga Barcelona and runs both the  Ibiza Dynamic Yoga Retreats and the SatCit Publishing House. Jose Luis gives Yoga Personal, Professional & Teacher Training Courses worldwide, especially in Europe and America. www.yogadinamico.com

Price: 400 DKR

Place: Københavns Yoga, Willemoesgade 14, st. Copenhagen

Booking: info@dynamicyoga.dk

This intensive immersion will focus on the nourishing power of yoga posture practice, upon which all its other possible benefits depend. You will learn a complete practice series designed to invite deep nourishment to body and mind, and some potent pranayama practices for deep release and rejuvenation. The Vinyasasuptasya Practice Series includes inversions, supine and prone poses, backbends, extensions and rotations. You will learn how to access the inherent integrity of the body by way of the Dynamics of Integrity, so that your practice will always be as nourishing as it can be invigorating and transformative.

OLIVIA CROOKS
Totally committed to allowing the wisdom of life to guide her through the intelligence of the body Olivia has a manner and teaching style based on the depths and subtleties of her personal practice. Inspiring and supportive, she is able to invite practitioners of all experience to go deeper into their own nature safely and effectively, while bringing new, liberating insights from the mat into daily life. She began formal Yoga teacher training in Sydney, Australia by completing 1000hrs in 2001. Since 2004 she has been studying the Dynamic Yoga Training Method closely with its originator Godfri Devereux, and has completed 10,000 hrs in a Teachers Apprenticeship with him. She is one of only two certified Senior Trainers of the Method.

BIRGITTE GORM HANSEN
Brigitte’s teaching is powered by the wisdom of the living, feeling, breathing body. This helps her students tap directly into the subtle heart of yoga from their own experience, rather than from belief, knowledge or figures of authority. Her teaching takes place as step-by-step journey into meditation in action – accessed through simple movements, soft release and deep self-enquiry. Birgitte did her first yoga class in 1994 and has spent thousands of hours on the mat and with students since she started teaching in 2001. She is trained as a psychologist (PhD). Her unflinching commitment to teach within the Dynamic Yoga Training Method started early and has gradually substituted the quest for knowledge with the love of teaching yoga. Today she is one of the three senior teachers in the Dynamic Yoga Training Method. She teaches classes and workshops around Europe, assists Olivia in immersion modules and works as a guest teacher in a couple of danish teacher training programs.

4 dybtgående yoga-flows. Weekenden former et progressivt forløb der tillader dig at bygge videre på det du lærer fra session til session. Workshoppen er åben for alle. Hvis du er ny vil du få en grundig introduktion til yoga, hvis du er øvet eller yogalærer vil finde ny inspiration til en sikker og sensitiv måde at undervise og praktisere på. Lørdag morgen og søndag eftermiddag kan bookes individuelt. De to andre klasser (bagoverbøjninger og solhilsen) forudsætter at man har været med lørdag morgen.

Lørdag den 13. oktober
10.00-13.00
Månehilsen (chandra namaskar)
Mærk din krop. Denne dynamiske serie af yogastillinger giver dig alle grundstillingerne i Dynamic Yoga og introducerer de 7 universelle aktioner der ligger bag en sikker og dybtgående yogapraksis. Klassen foregår som et dynamisk flow af yogastillinger der øger sanseligheden og sensitiviteten i kroppen samtidig med at åndedrættet sættes fri. Vi starter med de mest enkle variationer af den klassiske serie månehilsen (chandra namaskar). Derfra folder serien sig gradvist ud mens opmærksomheden går længere indad. Klassen slutter med afspænding og siddende meditation. Åben for alle.

14.30-17.30
Bagoverbøjninger: Åben dit hjerte – elsk din lænd
Elsk din krop. Workshoppen undervise som et langsomt men dybtgående vinyasa flow hvor vi gradvist bevæger os dybere ind i bagoverbøjningerne. Du vil få nogle enkle teknikker til at øge bevægeligheden i rygsøjlen uden at din lænd skal betale prisen. Du vil blive guidet til at bevæge dig opmærksomt så der er tid til at opleve stillingernes effekt på kroppen og sindet og finde alternativer til dem der har nået deres grænse. Workshoppen slutter med en lang afspænding og en guidet meditation. Åben for alle der har deltaget lørdag morgen.

Søndag den 14. oktober
Morgen 10.00-13.00
Solhilsen (suryanamaskar)
Åben din krop. Denne workshop fokuserer på den klassiske serie Suryanamaskar (solhilsen). Workshoppen undervises som et langt flow af solhilsner hvor vi starter med de let tilgængelige grundstillinger og bevæger os gradvist over i mere udfordrende variationer. Tre timers sensitiv og afbalanceret yoga hjælper dig til at øge sanseligheden og energiniveauet i kroppen samtidig med at kroppen åbnes og mobiliseres. Klassen ender i en lang afspænding og siddende meditation. Åben for alle der har deltaget på klassen “månehilsen”.

14.30-17.30
Restorativt flow – soft core yoga.
Giv næring til din krop. Som kronen på værket slutter weekenden med et blidt flowaf yogastillinger. Klassen undervises som en ekstra langsomt flydende serie af rygliggende, omvendte og siddende stillinger hvor hver asana holdes i længere tid. Serien tillader hele kroppen at lade batterierne op og påvirker de indre organers funktion så du bedre kan rense ud. Birgitte vil guide dig igennem et dybtgående flow der tager dig helt ind i dig selv og inviterer dig til at slippe spændinger helt inde fra kernen af kroppen. En klasse der afbalancerer dig og lader baterierne op til resten af ugen. Klassen er åben for alle.

Priser:
En klasse: 400 kr. (Kun klasserne ”månehilsen” og ”restorativt flow” kan bookes individuelt)
To klasser: 700 (Klassen ”bagoverbøjninger” lørdag eftermiddag samt klassen ”solhilsen” søndag morgen kræver at man har deltaget på ”månehilsen lørdag formiddag.)
Tre klasser: 950,- (Klassen ”bagoverbøjninger” lørdag eftermiddag samt klassen ”solhilsen” søndag morgen kræver at man har deltaget på ”månehilsen lørdag formiddag.)
Fire klasser: 1100,-

Booking:
Mail til Heidi Lykholt på: til@heidilykholt.dk. Tilmelding kun mod betaling, Tilmelding er bindende.

Releasing tension in the core of the body is one of the ways in which yoga posture practice can bring about a deep nourishment. These two evening classes will explore the possibilities of releasing the core of your body through spinal rotations and twists: The practice invites the body to breathe freely, the internal organs to be nourished and the mind to take a well deserved rest. The Monday class will explore the possibility of release through action in a dynamic flow of standing and seated rotations and twists. The second class explores release through letting go into soft, nourishing flow of supine, seated and inverted postures where each pose is held for a longer period of time. Together the two classes help you to access the deep spinal muscles and help your body to let go of whatever unneccsary tension it may be carrying.

book with Jo kemp : nowbelove@yahoo.com

Feel the glow of Suryanamaskar (sun salutation) as you return from the summer holidays. This classic sequence of postures strengthens and mobilizes all the major joints and muscle groups while allowing you to feel sensation more clearly. The class will allow you to explore the different variations of suryanamaskar, starting with easy and accessible versions and moving gradually into more challenging ones. Three hours of sensitively guided yoga posture practice lands you in deep relaxation and awakens you gently to seated meditation.

suitable for all

after the workshop you will recieve an image file with the Suryanamaskar-series i to help you if you want to practice at home.

Time: 9.00-11.30

Place: Københavns Yoga, willemoesgade 14, Copenhagen Ø

Price: 300 DKR

Registration: info@kobenhavnsyoga.dk

Going deeper in yoga is often perceived as a matter of strength, flexibility and stamina. However, these things are just cool side-effects of progressing in your practice. Acting on what you can feel rather than what you can do invites you to become one with what is happening on your mat without commentary and judgement. In this way yoga becomes  self-equiry (svadhaya) rather than yet another arena for self improvement. In this course we will play with posture practice as meditaitve movement even in more challenging yoga postures.

The course is in Danish but a few instructions can be given in English

Time: Tuesdays 16.15-18.15

Dates: 6/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 4/12, 11/12

Price:  1080 DKR,- (12 hours of teaching)

Booking: info@kobenhavnsyoga.dk

Learn to practice yoga in a way that works for the body you have today.  Its very simple: Quiet softness means yes, sharp pain means no. This subtle inner compass of yoga speaks clearly to us in childhood but as we grow up it is easily drowned in the roaring river of external authorities and imposed ideas of performance. Consequently the body forgets its inborn integrity and becomes tense or hard. Ironically, an efficient and progressive yoga practice requires us feel rather than perform and respond rather than force the body.

Setting out with a sensitizing flow of yoga postures and returning in quiet meditation, Birgitte will guide you to respond effectively to what you can feel. This supports you in adjusting your posture practice from the wisdom of your own body rather than from memorized techniques or geometrical ideals. The course allows you to progress in your practice from week to week. As you gradually go deeper into the subtle heart of sensation you may hear the voice of the teacher within.

Each class is two hours long and with a maximum of 15 students, allowing you the time and space to learn how postures and techniques applies to the changing needs of your body.

The course will be taught in Danish but a few instructions can be given in English if required.

Dates: 25/9, 2/10, 9/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10

Cost: 1080,- (12 hours of teaching)

Booking: info@kobenhavnsyoga.dk

questions: +45 26 16 93 09

 

Yoga invites us to enquire into our deepest nature (svadhyaya). Driven by a need for security we sometimes allow this enquiry to depend on external authorities, principles or schools.  But underneath the noisy surface of opinions, pre-packaged thinking, and expert-authority lays an inner compass that never fails:  Your body and the ability to feel it. Two long, slow flowing yoga classes will sensitize, move and replenish your body and introduce you to the teacher within.

The workshop consists of two 3.hour classes taking place on the evening of the 3rd and the 4th of july. Each class is three hours long and includes pranayama, asana, relaxation and meditation. The two classes can be booked independently if need be.

Prices and registration: Jo Kemp (nowbelove@yahoo.com) contact Jo kemp if you need to book the NowbeYoga bed and breakfast for your stay in Stitges.

 

9-week.course on awakening sensitivity and inviting movement into your practice. Taught in Danish with a few instructions given in english if required.

Tuesdays 16.15.18.15

Price: 1600 DKR (possible t pay in two rates)

Place: Københavns Yoga, Willemoesgade 14, st.

dates: 28/2, 6/3, 13/3, 20/3, 27/3, 3/4, 10/4, 17/4, 24/4,

Registration: info@kbhyoga.com

Recently there has been much debate among yoga teachers on whether yoga posture practice causes injury. The short answer is no. Yoga, if approached as a practice of self-enquiry and not self-improvement is a journey into sensitivity and can neither wreck your body, nor that of your students. Teaching based on anatomical knowledge and fixed principles of alignment is a good start, but for your students to practice safely they have to act on their internal sensation rather than your external authority. Leading a sensation-based yoga class is not only a safe approach to teaching, it is also an efficient method by which your students can become fully present in their practice.

Day one : Sensation-based posture practice: Letting your body guide your actions on the mat.

Day two: Teaching sensation-based posture practice: Guiding your students by internal sensations rather than geometry, knowledge or principle.

Each day begins with a long master class taught by Godfrey. The class will then be broken down to show the methodology behind the practice and give you inspiration to use the method in your own teaching.

Time: June 21. and 22. from 8.00-16.30

Price: 1500 DKR

Registration: eva@borrit.dk

Releasing tension in the core of the body is one of the ways in which yoga posture practice can bring about a deep nourishment. This evening class will explore the possibilities of releasing the core of your body through spinal rotations and twists: The practice invites the body to breathe freely, the internal organs to be nourished and the mind to take a well deserved rest. The beginning of the class will explore releasing through action in a dynamic flow of xandra namaskar (moon salutation) and a couple of standing rotations. The class ends by letting go into soft, nourishing flow of seated rotations, seated twists, supine and inverted postures. The class invite you to access the deep spinal muscles and help your body to let go of whatever unnecessary tension it may be carrying.

booking: bela@akasha.cz

This course consists of four long, gentle yoga classes that gets your body ready for bedtime. You will be instructed in a supine practice series which calms down the nervous system, releases the breath and prepares the body for sleeping. The course is taught mainly in danish but a few english instructions can be given if needed. Included is a sound file with a 60 minute practice (in danish) and an image file with the practice series so you can use it at home. The course is open to all, from beginners to the most advanced. If you are recovering from injury, stress or just have trouble sleeping this course is especially relevant.

Time: Tuesdays 19.00-21.00 on the following dates: 10/4, 17/4, 24/4, 1/5

Place: Yoga i Valby, Valby Langgade 25.

Price: 800 DKR. (includes eight hours of teaching, one image file and one 60-minute yoga class you can download to your computer).

Registration: iben@yoga4you.dk

two-day yoga posture practice, pranayama and meditation workshop on the unity of breath, body and awareness.

taught in danish, few instructions can be goiven in english if need be.

register with info@nordiskyoga.dk

A RADICAL ENQUIRY INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF FREEDOM
awakening to your inner wisdom

Your mind is heavy with unexamined ideas, unsubstantiated beliefs, unchallenged prejudices, unquestioned assumptions. Their presence in your unconscious drives the shape and content of your conscious experience. Only when they have been resolved in the light of your own clear seeing can you awaken to genuine freedom, and enjoy the peace of deep, unconditional contentment. This is not a matter of accepting any concept, belief, dogma or doctrine. It is a question of seeing for yourself the way things actually are. This can only be done if you are able to put aside all the veils that obscure the light of your own wisdom.

Taking place as a dialogue between your unconscious and your conscious mind the Radical Enquiry will painstakingly and systematically expose, discredit and dismantle the false ideas, beliefs, prejudices and assumptions by which your wisdom, happiness and freedom are habitually obscured. As they fall away they take with them the roots and possibility of shame, guilt, resentment, contempt, pride, regret, manipulation, hostility, animosity, exploitation, blame, anxiety and despair. All you need do is hear clearly and acknowledge fully with your own mind the truth that lies in your own heart. Within the clear and simple framework of the Radical Enquiry this is very easy to do.

The Radical Enquiry takes place in gradual, progressive stages each one bringing you closer to the peace of a radical and permanent freedom. It is conducted by Godfridev who has been helping seekers to discover the light of their inner wisdom for over 30 years. From the light of his deep wisdom he will serve as a mirror in which you will be able to find the depth and power of your own wisdom, freedom and happiness.

The day wil be divided into three parts with a break in between each session. Bring your own meditation chair or pillow.

Registrations: first come first serve. Mail to eva@borrit.dk to book your space

This 5-week course gives you a posture practice “to-go” for your summer holiday. The 5 classes focus on an challenging but accessible series of yoga postures including standing postures, a simple arm balance, sitting and supine postures, inversions on the shoulders and relaxation. The course includes an image file of the practice series and a sound file with a 90 minute guided instruction of the series for your practice at home (in Danish).

The course is taught in Danish but a few English instructions can be provided if neccessary.

Time: Tuesdays 16.15-18.15

Dates: 1/5, 8/5, 15/5, 5/6, 12/6

Place: Københavns Yoga, Willemoesgade 14, København Ø

Price: 900 DKR. (10 hours of teaching + course materials)

Registration: info@kbhyoga.com

 

Three hour workshop on how yoga can help you improve your sleep. Especially suited for people with stress-symptoms and insomnia. Taught in danish. few instructions in english can be given if needed.

The workshop is open to all.

Tilmelding: info@dynamicyoga.dk

Price:  350 DKR)

This workshop on sensation-based posture practice is taught In danish. Few instructions will be given in english if required.

This workshop explores how yoga posture practice can invite a deep release in body and mind. It is taught in two parts. The morning class explores how movement and the natural rhythm of the breath can help you let go of unnecessary tension. You will be guided through a gentle flow of yoga postures which brings movement and life to the whole of your body, internalizes awareness and awakens the senses. The afternoon explores stillness as a path to letting go and by way of a long, restorative yoga class. Your body will be supported by bolsters, blankets and belts to allow you to go deep within. Each class ends in a long relaxation and seated meditation.

The workshop is open to all and will be taugh in english if required.

Program:

10.00-12.30: Gentle vinyasa flow

12.30-13.30: Break, smoothie and snack

13.30-16.30: Restorative class, seated meditaiton, dialouge

Price. 600 DKR

Booking: http://yoganet.dk?hold=3290

 

Yoga invites us to enquire into our deepest nature (svadhyaya). Driven by a need for security we sometimes allow this enquiry to depend on external authorities, principles or schools of yoga.  But underneath the noisy surface of opinions, pre-packaged thinking, and expert-authority lays an inner compass that never fails:  Your body and the ability to feel it.
This weekend workshop invites you leave knowledge behind and take the plunge into a quiet world of sensation. Feeling your way into movements and postures allows you to safely dive deeper into the subtle heart of yoga and enjoy the freedom that it offers. Going deep inside teaches you to act on what you can feel and builds a deep trust in your body’s ability to guide your practice. Awakening sensitivity takes yoga beyond discipline, rule or dogma and brings you face to face with the teacher within you.
Each workshop day is taught in three parts. The morning class consists of a dynamic flow of yoga postures which awakens the whole of your body, takes you down in deep relaxation and lands you in seated meditation. After the lunch break, Birgitte will lead a guided exploration where you get to experiment with different actions in order to make them work for you. The afternoon ends with a soft, internalized posture practice including pranayama and meditation.
Program:
9.00-12.00: Dynamic posture practice, relaxation, meditation
12.00-13.30: Lunch break
13.30-15.00: Guided exploration
15.00-17.00: Soft posture practice, pranayama, meditation

Booking: bela@akasha.cz

This workshop allows you to acess and explore the wholeness, integrity and intelligence of your bodymind. The dynamics og yoga expressing themselves as conciousness can be fruitfully honored on your yoga mat or cushion but may also become more so familiar and available that they express themselves standing in line at the supermarket. Find out how in this saturday workshop.

9.00-12.00 Dynamic Yoga posture practice, relaxation & meditation.

13.00-16.00 Practical, clarifying exploration of posture, movement, breathing & meditation into daily life.

José Luis is visiting Copenhagen for the first time, NOT to be missed!  This is a great opportunity for all levels of practitioners from total beginners to teachers of any style to practice with one of the only two certified Senior Dynamic Yoga Trainers. Jose Luis is the director of Dynamic Yoga Barcelona and runs both the  Ibiza Dynamic Yoga Retreats and the SatCit Publishing House. Jose Luis gives Yoga Personal, Professional & Teacher Training Courses worldwide, especially in Europe and America. www.yogadinamico.com

 

Pris: 650 DKR

Booking: info@kobenhavnsyoga.dk

January envelopes us in its soft darkness. Under the snow millions of seeds are waiting in stilness. The big animals are deep in winter sleep. This season calls for internalization to help you find the nourishment within. Five long, slow yoga classes brings you closer to internal sensation to help you replenish and enjoy your body. Each class guides you through a soft, meditative flow of yoga postures with internalizes awarenss, takes you deep in relaxation and awakens you to seated meditation. The course is a progressive journey into releasing the natural rythms of the breath and develop sensitivity to sensation. In this way you will be inquiring into giving your body what it needs rather than pushing it to perform beyond its limits.

The course includes a sound file (in danish) with a soft, supine posture practice you can use at home. It is taught mainly in Danish with a few English instructions.

The course is suitable for all, from beginners to the most advanced.

Registration: info@kbhyoga.com

Time: tuesdays 16.15-18.15

Place: Københavns Yoga, Willemoesgade 14, st. København Ø

Dates: 10/1, 17/1, 24/1, 31/1, 7/2

Price: 900 DKR

Asana, pranayama and meditation is often taught as three separate techniques. However, their potential really unfolds when they are experienced simultaniously. If yoga posture practice is approached with full awareness of breathing, pranayama becomes the soft, quiet inner face of asana.  In a similar way a sensitive pranayama practice can open the door to meditation. This spring course is a progressive series of dynamic yoga classes which gradually reveal how inside and outside constitutes an imperfectable whole. This wholeness may reveal itself to you in headstand, in deep relaxation or in front of your mirror.

prior experience with yoga  is a good start.

Time: Fridays 8.30-10.00 on the following dates: 13/1, 20/1, 27/1, 3/2, 10/2, 2/3, 9/3, 16/3, 23/3, 30/3, 13/4, 20/4, 27/4, 11/5, 1/6, 8/6 (NB no class on the 17/2, 24/2, 6/4, 4/5, 18/5 and 25/5)

Place: StudioNia, Suomisvej 2, Frederiksberg (close to vesterprot station)

Registrations: info@dynamicyoga.dk (first come, first serve, the course os 60% booked already).

Jo Kemp is visiting Denmark to teach two workshops that will help you progress in your yoga practice through the art of deep listening. The content of each workshop is valuable to all students, practitioners and teachers from all yoga styles. Each workshops may be attended individually or as an intensive.

Program:

Friday, February 3rd 1 17.00-20.00:
Becoming softer

This evening class extends  a deep invitation to relax, feel and connect while moving through a gentle yet powerful sequence of postures. The workshop provides a deeply nourishing context in which students can explore the natural rhythms of the body and develop a deeper trust in its wisdom. The workshop includes 2hrs of posture practice, a 30min relaxation and seated meditation and may conclude with open dialogue

Saturday, February 4th 9.00-13.00:
Organic Principles
Progress in yoga is a matter of developing and refining our capacity to listen and respond effectively and consistently. When posture practice becomes challenging it is imperative that we have at our disposal a knowledge of the organic principles that prevent us from falling into an aggressive desire driven yoga practice and instead support a compassionate and intimate connection with the inner intelligence of the body. This morning session includes a 2hr 30min full, balanced and energizing posture practice, a 30-minute relaxation and seated meditation and may conclude with open dialogue.

Saturday, February 4th 15.00-18.00
Freeing the breath

In this workshop you will be guided in an intricate vinyasa krama (step by step), which invites a deep release into natural organic breathing. The chosen posture practice will include soft vinyasa and a gentle opening and nourishing context in which you can explore your individual respiratory capacity, ways you can support that and recognise habitual patterns and there underlying tensions. The session includes 2hrs of posture practice, a 30min relaxation and seated meditation and may conclude with open dialogue.

Place: Københavns yoga, Willemoesgade 14, st. København V

Time: February 3rd 17.00-20.00 & February 4th 9.00-18.00

Prices:

Becoming softer 400 DKR

Organic principles 500 DKR

Freeing the breath 400 DKR

Boking: Registrations: Info@kobenhavnsyoga.dk

Questions info@dynamicyoga.dk

Jo Kemp

is dedicated to inspire her students towards deep inquiry, discovering the infinite wisdom, unity and love within. She is the founder/director of the Now Be Yoga space in Sitges, Spain, where she teaches classes and courses, weekend retreats and leads residential mentoring programmes for yoga teachers. Jo is registered at 1000hrs with the I.Y.T.R. Having explored and taught many of the varied approaches to yoga Jo now teaches within the frame of the Dynamic Yoga method developed by Godfrey Devereux. Jo began studying yoga while living in India in 1989 after has been teaching since 1998.

Visit Jo´s website at: www.nowbeyoga.com

This workshop explores the bandhas as an indespensible part of yoga posture practice rather than as a stand-alone technique. The energetic integration provided by the bandhas will be invited from the breath through pranayama techniques and structurally through simple yoga postures. The workshop is suited for yoga teachers and experienced practioners.

Friday 17-20: This class will focus on the activation of the hands and arms while  introducing the activation of the feet and legs. The class ends in seated meditation and a question/answer session.

Saturday 8-12: This class begins with an exploration of how mulabandha, uddiyana and jalarabandha bandha can be acessed from the breath. This is followed by a posture practice  introducing the activation of the spine and teaching the activation of the feet and legs.The class ends in seated meditaton and a question/answer session.  (nb: to get the most out of the morning session, begin the practice on an empty stomach. Bring a snack for later if you suspect you will need it)

Saturday 14-16.30: The last class allows the activations of the spine to be supported from the hands, feet, arms and legs, thus using yoga posture practice as a structural invitation to the bandhas. This muscular integration of the different parts of the body reveal their interconnedted nature and invite you to experience the unity (yoga) of the body. The class ends in seated meditation and dialouge.

The workshop is hosted by Ashtanga Yoga Shala Nørre alle 70, 8000 Århus C.

Price:

1100 DKR.

Registration

email to Jacob Aremark jacob@aremark.dk or call to +45 60718030

This is the first out of three workshops introducing the 7 universal actions supporting yoga posture practice. The morning session will introduce the basic principles for activating the hands and arms. The class is based on a specially sequenced vinyasa training series (vinyasukshmasya) which strengthens and awakens the upper body, mobilizes the shoulder joints while integrating and sensitizing the body as a whole. Awakening the muscles in the hands and arms will not only support the wrists, elbows, shoulders and neck but also affects the breath and the entire spine. The class sets the foundation for yoga postures where the hands are on the floor but also supports the spine and torso a broad range of other yoga postures. The class ends in deep relaxation and seated meditation.

The afternoon sesssion will clarify the principles behind the morning session through guided explorations on your mat. The day ends in a gentle flow of yoga postures which mobilize and relax the upper torso and neck while releasing the natural rythms of the breath.

After the workshop you will recieve an image file with the vinyasukshmasya series to help you continue your practice at home .

This workshop trilogy runs over three saturdays and is open to all. Beginners will recieve a solid and safe foundation for starting yoga posture practice. Experienced studetnts and yoga teachers will increase their sensitivity and gain a deeper understanding of how the seemingly separable parts of the body work together as a whole. Each workshop is based on a corresponding vinyasa training series which allows you safely practice on your own.

Prices: 500 DKR for each workshop day (cheaper if you book all three workshops with a Yogacentralen Punchcard)

Online Booking: http://yoganet.halbooking.dk?hold=2528

This workshop is the second out of three introducing the 7 universal actions supporting yoga posture practice (asana). The morning class will teach the basic principles for activating the feet and legs. The class is based on a special vinyasa training series (vinyasachandrasya). The practice strengthens all the motor muscles and mobilises all the motor joints while developing and quietening respiration. It is a dynamic but deeply nourishing practice that recalibrates the sensory motor pathways especially in the feet, legs and pelvis. This will help you protect vulnrable joints like those of the knee and lower back and set the foundation for all standing postures. The morning session ends in deep relaxation and seated meditation.
The afternoon session will clarify the principles behind the mornings class through a series of guided explorations on your mat. The day ends in a gentle flowing class which opens the hips and stabilizes the pelvis.

After the workshop you will recieve an image file with the vinyasachandrasya series, to support you in practicing it on your own.

This workshop trilogy runs over three saturdays and is open to all. Beginners will recieve a solid and safe foundation for starting yoga posture practice. Experienced studetnts and yoga teachers will increase their sensitivity and gain a deeper understanding of how the seemingly separable parts of the body work together as a whole. Each workshop is based on a vinyasa training series which allows you safely continue the practice on your own mat.

Prices: 500 DKR for each workshop day (cheaper if you book all three workshops together using a Yogacentralen Punchcard)

Booking online: http://yoganet.halbooking.dk?hold=2529

This is the last of three workshops introducing the 7 universal actions behind yoga posture practice (asana).  The morning class will introduce the basic principles for activating the spine through a dynamic flow of yoga posures engaging the whole of your body. The class is based on a special vinyasa practice series (vinyasasamerasya). This sequence of yoga postures establishes deep, strength in the core spinal muscles, while integrating the supporting joints of the upper and lower body. It is a challenging but accessible practice focusing on seated extensions and rotations and nourishes body and mind.  The morning class ends in a long relaxation followed by seated meditation.

The afternon will clarify the principles used in the morning practice through practical exploration on your mat. The day ends with a gentle, quiet class that softens the muscles around the spine and the core of the body.

After the workshop you will recieve an image file with the vinyasasamerasya series to support you in practicing it at home.

This workshop trilogy runs over three saturdays and is open to all. Beginners will recieve a solid and safe foundation for starting yoga posture practice. Experienced studetnts and yoga teachers will increase their sensitivity and gain a deeper understanding of how the seemingly separable parts of the body work together as a whole. Each workshop is based on a corrosponding vinyasa training series which allows you safely continue the practice on your own mat.

Prices

One workshop day : 500 DKR. (cheaper if you book all three workshops using a Yogacentralen punch card)

Book a space online : http://yoganet.halbooking.dk?hold=2530

A christmas party that will leave your batteries charged and your body chilled.   The workshop consists of a three-hour slow, deep, flowing yoga class followed by a vegetarian lunch prepared by the amazing yoga-chef jack davis.

Program:

10.00-13.00 Dynamic Yoga class

13.00-14.30 Vegetarian lunch

Price: 550 kr

Booking:  www.yoganet.dk

The bandhas are among the most powerful techniues in yoga. As a consequence, they are often surrounded with hype and mysticism. Really, they are neither difficult or mystical, just simple muscular actions with some rather remarkable effects. Adding to their subtle energetic aspects the bandhas are also an invitation to practice yoga with integrety, without pain or injury. The bandhas, when accessed from muscular acion reveal the indivisible wholeness of the body and is an indespensible part of  a safe, eficient and nourishing yoga practice. This workshop will introduce simple phsyical actions by which you can acess the bandhas by the breath and in yoga posture practice. By learning how to do this sensitivly, you are invited to acces their healing, integrating power.

The workshop is open to all, from beginners to the most advanced. Avoid eating 1,5-2 hours before the beginning of the workshop. In the break a smoothie and a snack will be served.

Program:

10.00-12.00 Bandhas from the breath.

12.00-13.00: Break, smothie, snacks

13.00-15.30 Bandha as an integrated part of yoga posture practice.

15.30-16.30 Bandha as release: Deep relaxation, pranayama, siting meditation.

Price: 700 DKR  (94 EUR).

Booking:  By payment only. Email  info@yogaivalby.dk for more information

SAHAJATANTRA is a complete approach to life based on sensitive, honest, open intimacy with what actually is.Yoga posture practice is the core training that allows life to be met in its full depth and breadth. At the heart of this possibility is integration of the energy upon which life depends: sexual energy. This workshop will focus on accessing and awakening core sexual energy as a source of nourishment and rejuvenation for body and mind, and as an invitation to the subtle experience of sarvasukham (full body orgasm).

PARTICIPANTS will practice fully clothed alone on their own mats – there may be partner exercises involving light touch, i.e. hand on lower belly. Please bring a light blindfold (scarf or similar), this will be used to invite a deepening into what is to be felt. The workshop is open to anyone – single or couple – but basic knowledge of yoga practice is an advantage

PLACE: Living Heart Temple, Læssøesgade 14, 2200 Nørrebro, Copenhagen

Time: Thursday, November 10th 17.00- 20.00

Price: DKK 400/54 EURO

Registration: Send email to eva@borrit.dk

Payment: To account 5473 1517064. Please put Tantrayoga + your name as referenc.

OLIVIA is a natural Tantrika whose understanding has been refined by many years of yoga and tantra practice. Her gentle and profound instruction transmits the subtle aspects of yoga with an incisive clarity which can go deeply into her students.  She began formal Yoga teacher training in Sydney, Australia by completing 1000hrs in 2001. Since 2004 she has been studying the Dynamic Yoga Training Method closely with its originator Godfri Devereux, and has completed 5000 hrs in a Teachers Apprenticeship with him. She is one of only two certified Senior Teachers of the Method.

Dynamic Yoga starts in what you can feel, not in what you can do.  Each class is two hours long and takes you through a slow, nourishing flow of yoga postures followed by deep relaxation. Simple instructions invite you to open, strengthen, and integrate the body, feeling what it needs rather than demanding it to comply. In this way yoga becomes an exploration in finding stability and delight wherever you are.

Time: Wedensdays 9.00-11.00 on the following dates  2/11, 9/11, 23/11, 30/11. 7/12, 14/12 (no class on the 11th of November)

Price 130 DKR per class (cash only)

 

 

Land softly as the summer holidays come to an end. Four long classes will introduce you to the basics of Dynamic Yoga through the practice of chandra namaskhar (moon salutaiton). This dynamic flow of yoga postures safely mobilizes and strengthens the whole body, develops sensitivity to sensation and internalizes your awareness. This helps you approach yoga posture practice with integrety and avoid pain or injury. The course includes image meterials and a CD with a 45 minute guided class for your home practice. Open to all. 

Venue: Københavns Yoga, Willemoesgade 14, København Ø www.kobenhavnsyoga.dk

Time:  Wedensdays 16.00-18.00 Dates: 10/8, 17/8, 24/8 og 31/8.

Pris: 700 DKR (8 hours of teaching plus course materials).

Registration: Send an email to Københavns Yoga at info@kobenhavnsyoga.dk . Registration by brank transfer reg. nr. 8401 account number. 1081852. Mark your payment with your email adress and the reference “DY”.

Going deeper n yoga is not merely a matter of strength, flexibility and stamina allowing you to “do” more. A more rewarding way to progress in your practice is to deepen sensitivity – allowing you to feel more.  Senitization is a basic condition for yoga to truely be a calming, releasing and nourishing practice. All three classes take place as a soft, slow, dynamic flow of postures, landing you in deep relaxation and awakening you to seated meditation.

the clases are open to all

Time:
Friday July 15th  15.30-17.30
Saturday July 16th 10.00-12.00
Sunday July 17th 10.00-12.00

Price:
1 class: 200 kr.
3 classes 500 kr.

Booking:
holycow@holycowyoga.dk see more at http://www.holycowyoga.dk/

Always wanted to meditate but can´t get started at home? Bought a yoga mat but never used it outside classes? Too busy to go to a yogacenter?  This course supports you in building a practice at home so you can take yoga with you wherever you are. Ten long classes will give you building blocks for doing short yoga practices on your own, fitted to your changing needs during he week. The classes also help you start a regular meditation practice.  The classes are accompanied by image, text and sound files to yous when you are on your own.

Open to all, from beginners to the most advanced

Time: Wedensdays 16.00-18.00

Dates: 5/10, 12/10, 19/10, 26/10, 2/11, 9/11, 23/11, 30/11, 7/12, 14/12

Location: Københavns Yoga, Willemoesgade 14, København Ø

Price: 1800 kr.  (20 hours of teaching incliding course materials)

Registration: info@kobenhavnsyoga.dk

This workshop focuses on rotations, twists and extensions of the spine. A slow, nourishing, internalized flow of yogapostures invite you to deeply release unnecccessary tension in the core of  the body.

Time August 20th 13.00-16.00

Location: Københavns Yoga, Willemoesgade 14. København Ø

Price: 400 DKR (10% discount by booking both workshops this weekend before august 1st.)

Registration: info@kobenhavnsyoga.dk

Learn how to practice backbends while protetcting your lower back. Two slow, deep yoga classes will leave plenty of room for inquiry. As the backbends get deeper, alternatives will be suggested to those who have reached the limit of their capacity. The workshop ends in seated meditation. Tea and smoothie is served in the break.

Time: Sunday august 21. 10.00-12.00 og 13.30-16.30

Loction: Københavns Yoga, Willemoesgade 14, København Ø

Price: 600 DKR. (10% if booked together with rotation workshop the day before)

Registration: info@kobenhavnsyoga.dk

Going deeper in yoga is often perceived as a matter of strength, flexibility and stamina. However, these things are just cool side-effects of progressing in your practice. A much more rewarding process is developing sensitivity. Sensitization increases your capacity to become one with what is happening on your mat and in your life without resentment, judgment or the chatter of your mind. In this way yoga becomes an inquiry of what you most deeply are (svadhaya) rather than yet another arena for achievement and perfection. In this course we will play with approaches to get deeply intimate with what happens in your practice, even in more challenging yoga postures. Prior experience with yoga is a good start.

The course is in Danish but a few instructions can be given in English

Dates: Fridays 9/9, 30/9, 7/10, 14/10, 28/10, 4/11, 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 2/12, 9/12, 16/12

(NB: no class 16/9, 23/9, 21/10)

Time 8.30-10.00

Price: 1.150 DKR

Book a space starting September 9th here

Teaching skills intensive in Copenhagen may and june 2012

In 2012 we welcome Godfrey Devereux and Olivia crooks to Copenhagen for the teaching skills intensive. This is an invaluable opportunity to study with one of Europe’s most experienced teachers through a thoroughly tested teaching format. Godfrey and Olivia have trained hundreds of teachers all over Europe and have extensive experience in working with trained and trainee teachers. The teaching skills intensive consists of two 4-day (32-hour) modules spread over a period of 2 months. Dynamic Yoga teacher Training is approved by the Independent Yoga Network and may allow you to upgrade your present teacher training with The Yoga Register as a professionally qualified yoga teacher (Provided of course you have the required number of hours).

Provisional day program (8.00-17.30)

Morning session (5 hours) Godfrey teaches a guided practice which will include pranayama, asana and meditation. After the class Godfrey will go through the theory behind the practice and present techniques and explain the teaching methodology.

Afternoon session (3 hours) In the first module this afternoon session will clarify teaching methods like teaching from the body (raher than from knowledge) vinyasa krama (progressive instructon), somatic education and the simplicity of teaching yoga from physical actions rather than from their impacts. In the second module students will be teaching in small groups and will recieve feedback from Godfrey and Olivia. If you are not comfortable with teaching in english you can teach in Danish and recieve feed back from Birgitte Gorm Hansen and other Danish Dynamic yoga teachers along with Godfrey and Olivia.

Between modules: Each module comes with its own teaching material. This includes text files relating to the theory of practice behind each module. Also you will recieve image files with practice series and sound files with talks and guided classes to use in your own practice. For those who are interested Birgitte Gorm Hansen will organize teaching practice sessions where students experiment with the Dynamic Yogs Teaching Method and get feedback.

Dates:

Teaching skills module PART 1 (May 28th-29th 2012)
-Theory of teaching Yoga dynamically (16 contact hours)

Teaching skills module PART 2 (June 15th-16th)
-Theory of teaching Yoga dynamically (16 contact hours)

Teaching practice module (June 17 th 20th 2012)
-Learning how to teach Dynamic Yoga (32 contact hours)

Prices:
Module 1 : 575 EUR

Module 1 and 2 (if paid before April 1st 2012): 1100 EUR

Payment:

A non-refundable deposit of 200 EUR per module will allow you to book a space in advance. The remaining amount is due a week before each module.

Registration:

We will book the few remaining spaces on a first-come-first-serve basis. For questions and booking, contact Eva Borrit and Birgitte Gorm Hansen at eva@borrit.dk

Questions about the course content, the teaching format and registration with The Yoga Register can be addressed to Birgitte Gorm Hansen by mobile 26169309 or by email to info@dynamicyoga.dk

This 5-week course helps you to safely and efficiently start regular practice at home. You will be guided through simple, short practice series which you can use and combine so they fit your changing capacities and needs. At the end of the course you will recieve two sound files with recorded classes taught by Birgitte.

The course is open to all students who want to learn how to practice on their own. It is mainly taught in danish but a few english instructions willl be given if needed.

Location: Yogacentralen, Allegade 25, Fredriksberg

Time: Onsdage kl 9-11 den 18/5, 25/5, 1/6, 8/6, 15/6

Price: 650DKR

Registration: Online booking at http://yoganet.dk?hold=1256

Asana as bandha

The bandhas are some of the most potent techniques in yoga. As a result they are often surrounded by a lot of esoteric hype and mysticism. However, the bandhas are neither difficult nor mystical if instructed carefully on the basis of simple muscular actions. When yoga postures are practiced with integity they spontaniously work as invitations to the bandhas.  This course will introduce the bandhas as an indispensible part of a safe, efficient and delightful yoga posture practice. The course explores the bandhas in posture practice as well as in the practice of pranayama. Classes are taught in danish but a few instructions can be given in english if required.

Level: open only to students who have prior experience with Dynamic Yoga.

Dates: Fridays 6/5, 27/5, 10/6, 17/6, 24/6 and 26/8. (NB: no class on 13/5, 20/5, 3/6, 1/7 and until 19/8. new course starts up in september. )
Time: 8.30-10.00

Registration: book online at http://yoganet.dk?hold=1248

Price: 550 kr

Dynamic Yoga teacher Training in Copenhagen may 2011-june 2012

In 2011-12 we welcome Godfrey Devereux to Copenhagen for the 200-hour Dynamic Yoga Teacher Training. This is an invaluable opportunity to study with one of Europe’s most experienced and recognized teachers through a thoroughly tested teaching format. Godfrey and Olivia have trained hundreds of teachers all over Europe and will be conducting the 200-hour training in the course of five modules spread over a period of 13 months. Modules 1-3 can be booked individually and are open to any practitioner of yoga. Module 4&5 are open to all trained and trainee yoga teachers as well as participants who completed module 1-3. Dynamic Yoga teacher Training is approved by the Independent Yoga Network and allows you to register with The Yoga Register as a professionally qualified yoga teacher.

Morning session (5 hours) Godfrey teaches a guided practice which will include pranayama, asana and meditation. After the class Godfrey will go through the theory behind the practice and present the techniques and postures one by one.

Afternoon session (3 hours) Olivia will guide an exploration of the postures and techniques that was presented in the morning session. This will allow techniques to be integrated in organically in your body and your practice (rather than requiring you to learn and remember them as abstract knowledge). After the exploration, Olivia will teach a short guided yoga class which introduces the theme for the following day.

Between modules: Each module comes with it´s own teaching material. This includes text files relating to the theory of practice behind each module. Also you will recieve image files with practice series and sound files with talks and guided classes. These support your practice at home between each module. Birgitte will organize teaching practice sessions where students experiment with teaching in smaller group and get feedback. Reading group activities for the course literature will similarly be arranged.

Dates:

Dynamic module (May 14-17th 2011)
– The spiral dynamic of integrity.

Integration module (November 11th -14th 2011)
Discovering wholeness: The integrating power of the bandhas.

Internalization module (May 24th-27th 2012)
-Meditation, pranayama and energizing posture practice

Teaching skills module PART 1 (May 28th-29th 2012)
-Theory of teaching Yoga dynamically

Teaching skills module PART 2 (June 15th-16th)
-Theory of teaching Yoga dynamically

Teaching practice module (June 17 th 20th 2012)
-Learning how to teach Dynamic Yoga

Prices:
Price for one single module (dynamic, integration or internalization) – 525 EUR (Teaching skills and teaching practice) 575 EUR

3 modules (excluding teaching skillls and teaching practice, paid before may st)  1.500 EUR.

5 modules (paid before may 1st) 2.500 EUR

Payment: A non-refundable deposit of 200 EUR per module will allow you to book a space in advance. The remaining amount is due a week before each module. If you want to book all 5 modules the non-refundable deposit is 750 EUR.

Registration:

We will book the few remaining spaces on a first-come-first-serve basis. For questions and booking, contact l Eva Borrit and Birgitte Gorm Hansen at eva@borrit.dk. Questions about the content of the teacher training, the teaching format and registration with The Yoga Register can be addressed to Birgitte Gorm Hansen by mobile +45 26 16 93 09.

Yoga Internalization Immersion

Godfrey and Olivia are visiting Copenhagen to teach this four day immersion into the internalising power of yoga posture practice, pranayama and meditation. The focus of the immersion is the internalising power of the subtle bandhas (mulabandha, uddyanabandha, jalandharabandha) and their relationship to Ujjayi breathing and the meditative mind. The core bandhas and ujjayi breathing will be explored within the context of the Vinyasaxandrasya and Vinyasasyurasya series, which will also be presented and practiced as meditation in action. We will also explore seated pranayama and meditation as extensions, refinements and fruitions of yoga posture practice.

The immersion includes a set of written materials, image and sound files that can be used in your own practice at home. It is open to any yoga practitioner.

Provosional day program (8.00-17.30):

Morning session (5 hours) Godfrey teaches a guided practice which will include pranayama, asana and meditation. After the class Godfrey will go through the theory behind the practice and present the techniques and postures one by one.

Afternoon session (3 hours) Olivia will guide an exploration of the postures and techniques that was presented in the morning session. This will allow techniques to be integrated in organically in your body and your practice (rather than requiring you to learn and remember them as abstract knowledge). After the exploration, Olivia will teach a short guided yoga class which introduces the theme for the following day.

Price: 525 EUR for 32 hours of teaching including course materials.

Registration: To register for the three immersions or inquire further email Eva Borrit and Birgitte Gorm Hansen at eva@borrit.dk

Godfrey Devereux has been practicing yoga since 1973, teaching since 1977. He is one of the most significant and influential yoga teachers in Europe, having trained hundreds of international yoga teachers, and published four popular yoga books, including “Dynamic Yoga”. For more info on Dynamic Yoga see www.dynamicyoga.com

Weekend retreat in Sweden May 27.-29th

This retreat takes place in a100 year old, large farmhouse in sweden approximately 2 hours away from copenhagen. The large Sweedish dining room is the perfect yoga shala. The retreat includes 5 long, slow deep yogaclasses, guided morning meditation and lovely vegetarian cooking. The area is ull of little forests and lakes for swimming and nice walks.

preliminary program:

Friday 27th

16.30-18.00: Dynamic yoga class

Saturday 28th:

7.30-8.00 Meditation

10.00-13.30 Dynamic yoga class

16.30-18.00 Restorative class

søndag d. 29.

7.30-8.00 Meditation

10.00-13.30 Dynamic yoga class

15.30-17.30 Restorative class

There are only 2 spaces left in the retreat. The weekend costs 2.000 DKR. This incudes 14 hours of guided teaching as well as board and lodging. A non-refundable deposit of 500 gives you a space unitl may 1st.

Registration email bgh.lpf@cbs.dk.

This 10-hour workshop is opeen to Dansk Yoga teachers only

Friday 14.30-17.30: Sensitivity: The teacher within

Saturday 09.00-12.00 and 14.30-17.30:  Rythm: The vinyasa within

Take your classes to the next level with one of Europe’s top teachers. Godfrey Devereux has taught since 1977, published 4 yoga books and trained hundreds of international yoga teachers. These two training days focus on the art of giving progresive step-by step instructions to take students deeper. Mornings Godfrey will give a long class which  puts the art of progressive instruction into practice. Afternoons the methodology behind the class is made explicit by breaking it down into individual steps. By going back and forth between teaching and stopping to explain the rationale behind specific instructions and their sequencing you will get a sense of how to use vinyasa krama in your own teaching.

November 15th: How to safely take students deeper towards more challenging postures

November 16th: How to take students deeper into internalization and self-inquiry within yoga posture practice.

Price. 1500 DKR

Booking: First come first serve,  info@dynamicyoga.dk

Read more about Windfire School of Yoga and Dynamic Yoga Teacher Training on
www.dynamicyoga.com and www.dytt.eu

Take your classes to the next level with one of Europe’s top teachers. Godfrey Devereux has taught since 1977, published 4 yoga books and trained hundreds of international yoga teachers. This training day will focus on how to teach open classes. Through a master class, a talk and assisted group work Godfrey and Olivia will teach how to build layers of progressive instruction to teach classes attended by both newcommers and old-timers. This will give you the tools to allow regular students to be satisfied by going deeper while allowing new students to access the effectiveness of the practice.

This trainig day is open to any trained and trainee yogateacher.  Read more about Windfire School of Yoga and Dynamic Yoga Teacher Training on www.dynamicyoga.com and www.dytt.eu

Yoga Integration Immersion

Godfrey and Olivia are visiting copenhagen to teach a four-day immersion into the integrating power of the overt bandhas: hastabandha, padabandha and merubandha. These three easily accessible bandhas, in the upper body, lower body and spine respectively, establish deep structural and energetic integration. Each one depends opun the refined activation of two or more of the Seven Universal Actions upon which yoga posture practice depends. Together they integrate action and respiration, structure and function, body and mind. These three bandhas will be explored within the context of the Vinyasaxandrasya series, Vinyasasukasya series, and Vinyasaxikits series (incorporating more advanced standing postures).

The immersion includes a set of written materials, image and sound files that can be used in your own practice at home. It is open to any yoga practitioner.

Provisional day program (8.00-17.00):

Morning session (5 hours) Godfrey teaches a guided practice which will include pranayama, asana and meditation. After the class Godfrey will go through the theory behind the practice and present the techniques and postures one by one.

Afternoon session (3 hours) Olivia will guide an exploration of the postures and techniques that was presented in the morning session. This will allow techniques and principles of alignment to be integrated in organically in your body and your practice (rather than requiring you to learn and remember them as abstract knowledge). After the exploration, Olivia will teach a short guided yoga class which introduces the theme for the following day.

Price: 525 EUR for 32 hours of teaching as well as course materials.

Registration: To register for the three immersions or inquire further email Eva Borrit and Birgitte Gorm Hansen at eva@borrit.dk

Godfrey Devereux has been practicing yoga since 1973, teaching since 1977. He is one of the most significant and influential yoga teachers in Europe, having trained hundreds of international yoga teachers, and published four popular yoga books, including “Dynamic Yoga”. For more info on Dynamic Yoga see www.dynamicyoga.com


YOGA DYNAMICS IMMERSION

Godfri Devereux and Olivia Crooks are visiting Copenhagen and will be teaching a 4 days immersion on the dynamics of yoga posture practice. The focus of the immersion is the power of the Spiral Dynamic engaged in the arms and legs. The Spiral Dynamic allows the lengthenings, broadenings and groundings of the Seven Universal Actions to be integrated into the relationship between the ribcage and the pelvis, by way of the interconnected nature of the relationships bewteen the body parts. This supports and releases the breath as well as the spine and allows the body to be activated as a single unit.  The Spiral Dynamic will be explored within the context of the Vinyasaxandrasya (based on xandranamaskar), Vinyasasyurasya (based on suryanamaskar) and Vinyasasukasya series (incorporating standing postures).

The immersion includes a set of written materials, image and sound files that can be used in your own practice at home.

It is open to any yoga practitioner.

Preliminary day program (8.00-17.00)

Morning session (5 hours) Godfrey teaches a guided practice which will include pranayama, asana and meditation. After the class Godfrey will go through the theory behind the practice and present the techniques and postures one by one.

Afternoon session (3 hours) Olivia will guide an exploration of the postures and techniques that was presented in the morning session. This will allow techniques and principles of alignment to be integrated in organically in your body and your practice (rather than requiring you to learn and remember them as abstract knowledge). After the exploration, Olivia will teach a short guided yoga class which introduces the theme for the following day.

Price: 525 EUR for 32 hours of teaching as well as course materials. If booked together with the two next immersions in november 2011 and may 2012 the price for all three immersions is 1500 EUR.

Registration: To book the immersion write an email to eva@borrit.dk questions about the teaching format can be adressed to Birgitte Gorm Hansen (se contact info at the bottom of this page)

Asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation are normally taught as separate techniques in yoga. In this workshop these three elements of yoga are introduced as an integrated whole, inviting you deeper into the subtle heart of yoga. Birgitte will teach a soft, simple vinyasa flow which invites you to go from yoga posture to meditation via the rhythm ofthe breath. The series lands in soft subtle movements that take you down into deep relaxation and awakens  you to seated meditation.

The workshop is open to all and taught in english if required

Book online : http://yoganet.dk?hold=1274

Yoga posture practice is more than stretching, alinging and creating geometrical shapes with the body. Every yoga posture has a spiral dynamic which breathes life into it and protects vulnerable joints like knees, elbows and the lower back. By activating the spiral dynamic, you get a teaste of how each part of the body is connected to an indivisible whole, suporting you in finding stability and delight in any yoga posture. The workshop is in two parts. The morning session will teach you how to activate the spirals dynamic in  a flow of simple, symmetrical postures.  In the afternoon consists of a guided exploration of how the spiral dynamic works in your body, allowing you to integrate the activations of hands, arms feet and legs into your own practice.

 

Time: Octoer 15th 10.00-16.30

Location: Yogacentralen, Allegade 25, Frederiksberg

Online booking: www.yoganet.dk

Price: 500 kr. (cheaper option: buy a Yogacentralen unch card and use 5 punches)

In 2011-12 we welcome Godfrey Devereux to Copenhagen for the 200-hour Dynamic Yoga Teacher Training. This is an invaluable opportunity to study with one of Europe’s most experienced and recognized teachers through a thoroughly tested teaching format. Godfrey has trained hundreds of teachers all over Europe and will be conducting the 200-hour training through five 32-hour modules spread over a period of fifteen months. Modules 1-3 can be booked individually and are open to any practitioner of yoga. Module 4&5 are open to all trained and trainee yoga teachers as well as participants who completed module 1-3. Dynamic Yoga teacher Training is approved by the Independent Yoga Network. Satisfactory completion of modules 1-5 allows you to register with The Yoga Register as a professionally qualified yoga teacher.

DATES:
MODULE 1: METHOD, (MARCH 17-20TH 2011)
-the basic principles for practicing yoga with integrity.

MODULE 2: DYNAMIC (MAY 14-17TH 2011)
– The spiral dynamic and activating the bandhas.

MODULE 3: INTEGRATION, (NOVEMBER 11-14TH 2011)
-Discovering wholeness: The integrating power of the bandhas.

MODULE 4: TEACHING SKILLS, (JUNE 2-5TH 2012)
-Theory of teaching yoga dynamically

MODULE 5: TEACHING PRACTICE, (JUNE 7-10TH 2012)
-Learning how to teach Dynamic Yoga

PRELIMINARY DAY-PROGRAM:
Morning session (5 hours) Godfrey teaches a guided practice which will include pranayama, asana and meditation. After the class Godfrey will go through the theory behind the practice and present the techniques and postures one by one.
Afternoon session (3 hours) Olivia will guide an exploration of the postures and techniques that was presented in the morning session. This will allow techniques and principles of alignment to be integrated in organically in your body and your practice (rather than requiring you to learn and remember them as abstract knowledge). After the exploration, Godfrey/Olivia will teach a short guided yoga class which introduces the theme for the following day.

PRICES:
Single immersion module – 525 EUR (ca 3.900 DKR)
Module 1-3 – 1500 EUR (ca 11.000 DKR).
Module 1-5 – 2500 EUR (ca. 18.600 DKR)

Payment: A non-refundable deposit of 200 EUR per module will allow you to book a space in advance. The remaining amount is due a week before each module. If you want to book all 5 modules the non-refundable deposit is 750 EUR (Note that the collected price for all 5 modules is appr. 10.000 DKR less than any other teacher training program offered in Copenhagen)

REGISTRATION AND BOOKING

We will book the immersions on a first-come-first-serve basis. For questions and booking, contact l Eva Borrit and Birgitte Gorm Hansen at eva@borrit.dk. Questions about the content of the teacher training, the teaching format and registration with The Yoga Register can be addressed to Birgitte Gorm Hansen by mobile +45 26 16 93 09 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +45 26 16 93 09 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

TEACHERS

GODFRI DEVEREUX has been practicing yoga since 1973, teaching since 1977. He is one of the most significant and influential yoga teachers in Europe, having trained hundreds of international yoga teachers, and published four popular yoga books, including “Dynamic Yoga”. Godfrey is registered as Yoga Elder with the Yoga Register. For more info on Dynamic Yoga see www.dynamicyoga.com
For more info on Dynamic Yoga Teacher Training see www.dytt.eu

OLIVIA CROOKS started teaching in Australia 9 years ago and has taught workshops, retreats and yoga teacher training all over Europe. Her gentle and profound instruction transmits the subtle aspects of yoga with an impressive clarity which tends to go directly under the skin of her students. Olivia has two different teacher trainings: One in vinyasa yoga from Australia and one in Dynamic Yoga from Windfire School of Yoga in France. She is registered as YRT 1000 with the Yoga Register.

Breath awareness is a first step to a truly meditative vinyasa practice. In this workshop you will be given the tools of free breathing and breath-body synchronization to allow fluidity, ease and meditation to become an intrinsic part of your practice. Rather than controlling the breath and fitting it to the pace of the teacher’s instruction, this workshop will start the other way around: From your own body – exactly as it breathes. We will begin in simple wave-like motions (ullola) where breath awareness is most easily accessed. Later we will enter into longer series of postures (vinyasa) where we play with transitions and explore the meditative effects of releasing the breath. The workshop lands in seated meditation, allowing you to discover the unity of breath, body and awareness.

Price: 300DKR or (cheaper option) 3 punches on a Yogacentralen punch card

Online booking: http://yoganet.dk/?hold=482

Questions: bgh.lpf@cbs.dk