Ashtanga Yoga with Graeme & Leonie Northfield

Dates:

21 – 26 February 2016

Price:

$330 plus GST where applicable
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Teachers:

Graeme Northfield & Leonie Northfield

Book Course

graeme & leonie balancing in padmasana

Focus on Legs and Core

This workshop will concentrate on activating and strengthening the legs, from the feet up into the lower back and abdominals. In addition, improved flexibility and alignment can help restore and maintain the healthy function of the knees, hips and spine, enhancing a greater feeling of youth and agility.

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 and 24 years later, I remain committed to Graeme and the practice and teaching of Ashtanga.

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 lovingly played Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

Then ‘movement’ and Sumarah meditation entered my life. The movement was something free and marvellous and expansive after so much form. Sumarah, with its take-your-time gentle approach, began teaching me about guidance and surrender. Unexpectedly, I learned to open my throat to sing and now chanting serves as a beautiful offering and dedication of practice at the beginning and end of class.

Permaculture, growing my own fruit and vegies, sustainable ways of living and sharing these things with others are important in my daily life. My view is simple and holistic: to bring people back into balance through their connection to their bodies and the Earth.