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Clapham Yoga Practice at Viveka Gardens – please watch this space for classes and workshops in the West Country over spring and summer 2016 Practice makes perfect is a phrase that slips off the tongue a little to easily. If you look at the yogis here, it is clear that indeed a lot of practice …

chanting

Group Meditation and Chanting – Satsang next satsangs: Saturday May 26, June 23, July 22 6.00pm Free, followed by food. Donations of flowers and/or fruit for the altar welcome. Sing your heart out is an expression that captures the joy, sharing, connection and even bliss that singing brings. And group singing  is even better. Chanting is …

meditation

The next meditation course at Viveka Gardens in Clapham is: Mondays 7/14/21 March 7.15-8.45 pm Click here for special offer (bring a friend half price) and more information Meditation is simple: sit still, close your eyes, relax, focus your attention, touch calm. Meditation is hard: my back/hip/knees hurt, now I’ve slowed down all the petty worries …

what is karma yoga?

You are invited to Karma Yoga This is an opportunity to be in at the beginning – auspicious, they say. Take part in community, reap the benefits of karma yoga and have nice food. Please be in touch to arrange. When I was formulating Viveka Gardens, either serving in the Sivananda organisation or doing voluntary …

the state of grace

The state of grace:  sounds so beautiful and out of reach. But in fact it is entirely attainable through yoga practices, and by using some other simple techniques. Smiling, for instance :). Getting into a state of grace is also a pre-requisite for any transcendent work. Meditation, soul/spirit connection and healing, for example. This weekend …

what is bhakti yoga?

Bhakti is about the heart. Opening to oneself and to fellow beings brings joy. Devotional practices are somewhat lost now unless there is connection to a traditional rite, and then it may be staled by childhood coercion and resistance to ‘religion’. For many in the west, and I was/am one of them, a protestant and …

what is hatha yoga?

Hatha yoga encompasses the practices to do with the physical body: yoga postures (asana) and breathing exercises (pranayama).  Beginners benefit from increased health, flexibility and strength and very quickly are aware of the mental and emotional benefits: feeling of relaxation, increased well-being, greater clarity and better sleep and so on. So yoga also works on the level …

halwa

The warm aroma of cardamom in the kitchen brings a feeling of comfort and a smile. Halwa is often made to offer on an altar. Its heart-opening sweetness is welcome after satsang: ninety minutes of meditation, bhakti (devotional chanting) and a spiritual talk. It’s extra nice when infused with the good vibes of a yogi …

hummus

If you are starving hungry and only got access to a supermarket usually hummus is the only vegan thing you can find to eat of any nutritional value. But for a yogi it’s going to mean having garlic, a stimulant on a par with caffeine, and you’ll humming not ommming. Made with protein-rich chickpeas, humus is a …

visioning II report

Generous and inspired co-creators gathered on Saturday 3rd October. It was an invitation to share ideas about what Viveka Gardens could be/do, and what individuals desired for themselves and could offer. It was a heartening experience and very much in the flow. All this talent and goodwill on offer. Can’t wait to get going. Here …

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