Erika has been teaching yoga, working as a healer and facilitating healing workshops and retreats over the last two decades in the UK and worldwide. She is trained in many different healing modalities including physical therapies, yoga and meditation. Erika teaches yoga in London’s top yoga centres as well as training yoga teachers for Triyoga and has her own private therapy practice in west London. She is passionate about natural healing into wholeness and raising consciousness regarding the interrelatedness of Nature, the Cosmos and all living beings everywhere. Erika will be holding four workshops over the weekend –
CULTIVATING LOVING KINDNESS
including guided meditations and simple yoga together with some (optional) partner work to help gain clarity, end suffering and open the heart to love and compassion for oneself and all living beings.
A deeply relaxing, guided meditation done lying down to help improve sleep, reduce anxiety, increase awareness, enhance creativity, bringing nourishment, insight and healing.
SUFI DANCE MEDITATION
A very simple guided meditation to cultivate awareness both in the movement and within sound.
YOGA FOR EVERYONE
a gentle yet powerful awakening of the bodymind through breath work and mindful movement to encourage a heightened sense of aliveness, awareness, balance and wellbeing. All levels of practitioner will be warmly welcomed including complete beginners.
Cultivating Loving Kindness (two hours)
Learn to use sounds which evoke a boundless self-acceptance and compassion towards ourselves and othersWhy practice Loving Kindness (Metta) meditation and mindfulness? To gain clarity, become fully aware, end suffering, love one’s self and all beings and open the heart to peace and compassion. The practice of Metta meditation is a beautiful support for our lives because it helps us to foster self-acceptance and kindness towards ourselves and others. One recites specific words and phrases evoking a boundless warm-hearted feeling. The strength of this feeling is not limited to or by family, religion or social class. We begin with our self and gradually extend the wish for well-being happiness to all beings.In this two-hour workshop there will be guided meditations and simple yoga including some (optional) partner work to practice safe, non-verbal communication, at times using touch to help promote relaxation and feelings of wellbeing in a supportive environment.
Yoga Nidra (one hour)
A guided relaxation practice for the bodymind, which improves sleep, enhances creativity and brings nourishment, insight and healing.The Queen of all relaxation techniques; Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest forms of relaxation, while still maintaining full consciousness. It is a state of awareness in which the body can rest deeply and profoundly, whilst the mind is between wakefulness and deep rest.The practice meets the intuitive needs of the person who practices it – Improving sleep, enhancing creativity, bringing nourishment, insight and healing.
After taking time to get as comfortable as possible in a lying down position, you’ll be guided through a relaxation practice, expanding your awareness, bringing you back home to your deeper self to feel rested, restored and in your own power afterwards.
No previous experienced needed.
Sufi Dance Meditation (45 mins)
Cultivate deep levels of awareness in sound and movement. Concentration is the beginning of meditation. Sufis use many methods of concentration to cultivate the heart and mind. The Sufis have always had music as part of meditation. Music is perhaps one of the greatest mysteries in the world. The whole manifested reality is made of vibrations and the vibrations of music can free the soul and release all heaviness that can keep it bound. Music touches the soul immediately and is food for the soul. Music is said to be the quickest and most direct way of freeing the consciousness. When one combines sound with Spiritual Dance the effects can be amplified greatly.In this Sufi Dance Meditation we cultivate awareness both in the movement and within the sound. The personal atmosphere and the atmosphere of group are enhanced and developed through these practices. For many people attempting to still the mind may be an impossible task. Transcending the ego with its untamed thought processes and uncontrolled emotional states often needs what could be called the back-door method. By learning to give one’s full attention to a practice that one enjoys, that is uplifting, this can have the effect of bypassing the thinking mind. In so doing this takes one into deeper levels of awareness with less effort and often more effectively. Meditation is ultimately a way of experiencing all of life, inner and outer, in the fullness of each present moment.The dance takes the form of very simple repetitive steps for thirty minutes and ends with lying down relaxation. It is a profound and beautiful meditation. NB This dance does not involve whirling or spinning.
Yoga for Every Body – self-care and nourishment yoga workshop
Join Erika for some self-care and nourishment This class will offer you an opportunity to dive deep into your body using mindful movement and breath to open up the energy pathways to revitalise yourself, release accumulated stress and tension and help quieten the mind.You will be encouraged to work intuitively, to rest when you feel, and to do as much or as little of the yoga as you can.We will be working towards creating a positive attitude towards the whole self; body, mind. heart and spirit, developing deep self-acceptance and cultivating patience and compassion.As we move towards embracing our whole selves as we are, we begin to be able to accept life, and indeed the whole world and its’ people, as it is. From this acceptance we are more able to drop into a more relaxed and joyful state of being.We are all a work in progress. One step, one breath at a time.