Heart of Yoga at the Crystal Castle

Wednesday 16 March 2011

‘Developing a personal yoga practice’ with Mark Whitwell
April 3oth and May 1st 2011

"The only reason we choose to do yoga is for the pleasure, the literal pleasure of our systems relaxing and filling with energy. It is not some struggle to enjoy a future result. Take pleasure in your yoga today". Mark Whitwell, Founder of Heart of Yoga.

The Crystal Castle team are delighted and privileged to be hosting Mark Whitwell's first ever workshop in Byron Bay. Over the weekend of April 30th and May 1st and is called "Developing a personal practice" focussing on Mark's particular interest in developing an authentic yoga practice for the individual.

"There is a right yoga for everyone, easily learned. Yoga practice designed correctly for each person results in profound intimacy with every aspect of life. It is intimacy that is the point not meditation, not consciousness, not awareness, not enlightenment, not God realization. But all these arise spontaneously, naturally and unpredictably as “siddhi” or result of Yogic intimacy.”

Mark has taught yoga for over twenty years throughout the world. His teachings are based on those of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, with whom he enjoyed a close relationship for more than twenty years. Mark was the editor and contributor to TKV Desikachar’s book, The Heart of Yoga, and is the author of Yoga of Heart: The Healing Power of Intimate Connection. He teaches this profound healing power in his work, clarifying the passion and relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life.

"The ancient wisdom of yoga teaches that Life is already given to you, you are completely loved, you are here now. It teaches that we are not separate, cannot be separate from nature, which sustains us in a vast interdependence with everything. The universe comes perfectly, and is awesome in its integration and infinite existence. This union is our natural state, this union is Yoga."

Yoga is an ancient, self-empowering practice that utilizes a wide range of tools to enhance well-being and to maintain and restore health. This workshop with Mark is a unique opportunity to work with one of the most experienced yoga teachers in the world to design your own personal yoga practice.

"In Yoga there is no requirement to manipulate the body or the energy in attempt to know the source, rather it is the other way round. We start with the heart that is felt in the simple participation in the union of all opposites. The heart or “hrid” is felt as the place where all opposites are in union and the origin of all opposites, from where the life energy flows, nurturing the physical and all its relationship. Yoga starts and ends with reality participation."

No matter what style of yoga you are currently practicing, you will be able incorporate the insights gleaned from this personal practice development to make your yoga more efficient, powerful, and safe. Everyone, from beginners to experienced practitioners, is invited to attend.

“I tried many different yoga traditions over many years but could never keep up a regular practice. When I met Mark and studied under him, yoga became a joy and a pleasure. After a few months of a simple daily practice, my life felt different in many ways. With Mark’s approach, there is nowhere to go, no higher place to reach, no need to stretch the body beyond where it is comfortable, there’s just a flow and a connection with nurturing source. He teaches from a place of ancient pure wisdom, and is a total joy to be with”.
Naren King
Managing Dreamer, and Crystal Castle owner.

This intimate workshop has a maximum of 30 places available. It will run from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm each day and the cost is $290. We expect it to fill quickly so recommend that you book now to secure your place at http://shop.crystalcastle.com.au/products/Heart-Of-Yoga-Workshop


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