Moving from the heart,
freedom with the voice
A 2-part workshop – yoga and meditation in the morning, and voice and movement in the afternoon. You may come to both or one.
Moving from the heart – Yoga with Vishwam Heckert (image above)
10am to 12.30pm, £20
Join Vishwam for a morning of diving deep into the peace of the heart. Allow the peace to carry you through your movement practice and through the challenges of everyday life. Together we’ll experience a flowing series of yoga postures, into deep relaxation, pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation naturally leading to a calm mind, open heart and happier life. Through this practice, we discover what all the great spiritual teachers seem to be pointing to and which has been within us the whole time.
12.30 to 1.30 Lunch
Please bring something veggie to share. All participants to the morning and/or the afternoon are welcome.
Freedom with the voice – Vocalising and Moving with Ian Howie
1.30pm to 4pm, £8
What if we dropped our ideas of “can sing” and “can’t sing”? What if we experienced our voices as just something our bodies can do? And what if our listening was really tuned in, to ourselves and others?
I’ll offer some ways to relax the body and the breath. We’ll play games sounding the voice and moving the wider body. We’ll move between sound and silence, motion and stillness, physical contact (if you like) and solo movement. We might experience ourselves as a group composition of sound and movement.
Who’s this for?
Unfortunately the venue is not wheelchair accessible at the moment. Beyond that, both workshops are warmly welcoming for any body. No experience is needed, just a willingness to participate and play. All activities are offered as an invitation, for you to modify to your own comfort, or to sit out, as you like.
Please email email@example.com and pay in full to paypal.me/IanHowie (you don’t need a Paypal account to do this, just a card). The prices are £20 for the morning and £8 for the afternoon. Staggered payment is possible, please just ask. You may come to just the morning or just the afternoon. Places are limited so early booking is advised.
The venue is 20 minutes walk from York Minster, and has some on-street parking.
For queries about the morning contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For queries about the venue or the afternoon contact Ian on email@example.com or 0789 603 1972.
A note on pricing
Vishwam makes his livelihood teaching yoga and training people in the gentle art of relaxation. He’s been training professionally for many years. Ian’s workshop draws on his experiences with excellent teachers in recent years, and his time making music solo and in groups from childhood to now. He makes his living in another field. The pricing reflects this.
Vishwam Heckert, PhD, RYT 500 is a Senior Teacher Trainer for the Heart of Living Yoga Foundation and a mindfulness and bodywork therapist providing a specialist stress relief clinic in Matlock, Derbyshire. He began his formal yoga practice in 1999 out of desperation, having largely lost the ability to use his arms and hands. Through yoga, Vishwam discovered not only physical well-being, but a profound sense of peace and joy which he continues to dive into ever more deeply. Since qualifying as a yoga teacher in 2012, he’s taught regular classes and workshops across the UK and internationally. Vishwam is a devoted student of the great yoga teacher and founder of the Heart of Living Yoga Foundation, Rev Padma Devi Sumananda. The Foundation is an international charity serving the poorest people in Sri Lanka, India, Brazil and the UK as well as offering yoga teacher training courses, retreats and workshops. Heart of Living Yoga is a vibrant development in an ancient Yoga lineage stretching back thousands of years. His next teacher training course begins in March in Stony Stratford, near Milton Keynes. Vishwam is a well-loved and loving teacher. To learn more visit heartoflivingyoga.com & flowing-with-life.com
As well as re-connecting with and exploring dance in the last four years, Ian has also spent time singing in choirs. This links back to spending a lot of time as a child and teenager in church and school choirs, and playing clarinet, saxophone and piano by himself and in various groups. He’s interested in group music making and dance as occasions for people to connect and interact. This workshop was partly inspired by reading about Colin Self’s Xhoir project, which happens in New York and Berlin.