Ashtanga Yoga with Graeme & Leonie Northfield

Dates:

19 – 24 March 2017

Price:

$ 330.00 plus GST where applicable
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Teachers:

Graeme Northfield & Leonie Northfield

Book Course

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IGNITE YOUR FLAME

Practicing with Focus and Energy

Energy follows attention. 

In learning to expand the breath and awareness throughout the entire body, you effectively generate enthusiasm and increase life-force.

Be inspired and uplifted in this week of Ashtanga Yoga with Graeme and Leonie and feel the benefits of increased fitness, strength and relaxation.

Teachers

Graeme & Leonie  live, breathe and work on the land in rural Australia, inspiring a very down-to-earth approach in their lives, outlooks and practices.

Together, their wealth of experience, depth of wisdom and abundance of passion and motivation for practice are embodied in their teaching.

Yoga Therapy

Ashtanga Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga Therapy) addresses practice from a therapeutic perspective. The understanding and development of strong foundations through postural alignment, strengthening of the neuromuscular system and joint stability, leads to steady and enjoyable progressions, whilst minimising pain and the risk of injury.   

Workshop Schedule

Sunday: 6:45-8:45am

Monday-Friday: 5:45-7:30am

 

About Graeme Northfield

Graeme has been a dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga for over 30 years and continues with passion and enthusiasm. He maintains an insightful and investigative approach to practice and teaching and is always excited to share his depth of experience and knowledge with others.

In 1976, after attending a lecture on meditation by a Tibetan Buddhist monk, Graeme felt deeply inspired to seek answers to his many questions about life, death and dying through the exploration of Eastern spiritual practices.

Graeme qualified as a registered nurse in 1980. In the ensuing years, whilst working in a Hospice for the dying, he was introduced to Siddha Yoga which eventually led him on a journey to India. But instead of Ganeshpuri, Graeme was drawn to Mysore. In 1982, that first memorable meeting with Shri K Pattabhi Jois would ignite a life-long study of and passion for Ashtanga Yoga. He completed the 4th Series in 1991 and was certified by Pattabhi Jois to teach Primary through to Advanced B Series.

In 1996 he met Laura Romano from Solo, Java, who introduced him to Sumarah Meditation. This practice of Sumarah has added further dimension and awareness to Graeme’s approach and understanding. Sumarah means ‘surrender’ and places a strong emphasis on contacting deeper states of relaxation.

When not out travelling and teaching workshops or retreats in Australia and overseas, Graeme enjoys being home on the land in the Nambucca Valley working with permaculture principles.

About Leonie Northfield

My first Ashtanga class was with Graeme in Lismore, August 1986. Those next 18 months of practice, and Graeme himself, had a huge impact on the way I was to move through life. The place from which I now practice and teach has been influenced and informed by many modalities and passions.

In earlier years I qualified as a Registered Nurse but working in the medical field only served to deepen my interest in alternative health and healing. I soaked up studies in naturopathic medicine, herbalism, homeopathy, massage and traditional Chinese medicine and studied Tai Chi and Qi Gong with masters in Sydney, China and Penang.

In the early 90’s, Amerta Movement and Sumarah meditation entered my life. After so much form, the movement was something free, joyful, expansive and profound and I have been fortunate to study with two master movement artists, Christina Stelzer from Germany and Suprapto Suryadarmo from Java.

Sumarah Meditation has its roots in Java, and Laura Romano has guided me in this daily-life approach that cultivates relaxation, acceptance, simplicity and surrender – trusting in and being lived by life. Yoga, Amerta Movement and Sumarah Meditation are invaluable gifts for anchoring and navigating my path in life.

I am presently undertaking a 3-year training in a fascinating new method of learning and self-discovery called TaKeTiNa. This is a unique musical group process, founded by Reinhard Flatischler, for activating musical and human potential through rhythm. It combines rhythmic knowledge that has been available in many cultures for thousands of years with the newest findings from music, rhythmical research, communication, brain research and chaos theory.

Permaculture, growing organically, sustainable ways of living and sharing with others are important in my daily life. The view i offer through teaching is simple and holistic: to inspire people back to balance with practices that reconnect body, mind, heart and spirit together with the nurturing powers of Nature, Rhythm and Mother Earth.