An Introduction to Yoga and Tantra with Oliver Thorne Sat 31st Aug 19
An Introduction to Yoga and Tantra
Saturday 31st August 10am - 12pm
Workshop cost - £15
Yoga and Tantra and their interrelation is often misunderstood in the Western context. In this workshop we will explore:
- The basic philosophy of Tantra and how it relates to Yogic practice
- Breath-body awareness through simple exercises and movements with a focus on the polarity of spanda/nishpanda (tension/relaxation)
- Sukha Purvaka Pranayama (4-part breathing) and Savitri Pranayama (Rhythmic breathing)
- Shava Asana with Jnana Yoga Kriya (concentration techniques) to relax and integrate the practices
The workshop is open to everyone and I hope it will be a good general introduction to my classes which will begin at Yoga Blackpool in September.
My name is Oliver Thorne. I am a teacher of Aikido, Yoga and Tantra, Meditation and Thai Massage and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Lancaster University. I am currently a Gestalt therapist in training at Manchester Gestalt Centre.
I began Aikido and Yoga together in 2003. Since then I have travelled the world living in both modern and traditional dojo and ashram for a total of about four years. I teach Aikido, Yoga and Tantra as arts of self-transformation in the North West area (Lancaster, Blackpool, Preston and in and around the Forest of Bowland.)
I teach a form of Yoga and Tantra which is modern and systematic in its presentation, while having roots that can be traced back several hundred years. It is a systematic approach which includes the whole spectrum of yogic teachings. We work together gradually from the simplest postures such as sitting, standing, lying down, through the more subtle practices of body-breath co-ordination, breath development, sound vibrations, relaxation and concentration.
To be best of my ability, I teach from my own experience, while following the teachings of the Gitananda Yoga tradition as passed on to me by my teachers Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani (Ammaji) and Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, and several of their senior instructors, specifically Yogacharya Latha and Yogacharya Cathy Davis. I undertook a six-month live-in training course with them in 2016, after nearly a decade of correspondence and guidance.
The last several years I have been focused on academic studies and writing. Recently I finished a PhD in Religious studies at Lancaster university. My thesis and my interests are in comparative philosophy and transformational practices.
To the best of my ability, I try to pass on the teachings which I have learnt. I do not pretend to be a master of these arts, rather, a student. I teach from my own experience, and in all earnestness, I try to pass on the same teachings I myself have been fortunate to receive from my exceptional teachers.