Graeme & Leonie Northfield Weekend Workshop – “Focus on Inversions”

Dates:

30 October – 1 November 2015

Friday 30th       5:00 – 6:30pm
Saturday 31st   12:00 – 5:30pm
Sunday 1st       11:00 – 4:30pm

Price:

$240 + GST where applicable

Teachers:

Graeme Northfield & Leonie Northfield

 

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Graeme and Leonie will delight us again with a weekend workshop, this time focussing on inversions and relaxation.

Graeme and Leonie Northfield have been dedicated practitioners of Ashtanga Yoga for over 32 & 28 years respectively, and continue with heartfelt enthusiasm.

They maintain an insightful and investigative approach to practice and teaching and are always excited to share their depth of experience and knowledge with others.

They inspire their workshops with passion and understanding, not only of the physical mechanics of asana practice but of the body-mind-heart connection, believing everyone can benefit from directing more attention towards simplicity, honesty and conscious relaxation.

 

Workshop Content

Inverted poses work with strength, balance and presence of mind and body.

Inversions help to strengthen the lymphatic, circulatory and nervous systems; stimulate the thyroid and glandular system; and assist the diaphragm and abdominal organs to relax more naturally.

Friday 30 October 5:00 – 6:30pm FREE class
Saturday 31 October 12:00 – 5.30pm
Sunday 1 November 11:00 – 4:30pm

 

Friday 5:00 – 6:30pm Guided Meditation – FREE class
Saturday 12:00 – 2:00pm Led Primary Series
Saturday 3:30 – 5:30pm Focus on the preparation, practice and benefits of inverted postures (see below)
Sunday 11:00 – 1:00pm Led Primary Series
Sunday 2:30 – 4:30pm Focus on the preparation, practice and benefits of inverted postures (see below)

In Saturday’s and Sunday’s afternoon classes the focus will be on the preparation, practice and benefits of inverted postures; including shoulder stand series with variations [Sarvangasana]; headstands & variations [Sirsasana]; handstands [Adho Mukha Vrksasana]; and forearm & arm balances.

 

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.