‘Balancing your Chakras’ workshop at my studio in Stellenbosch: 10 December 2011

Leli and I got such great feedback after our recent ‘Balancing your Chakra’ workshop in Stanford, that we are planning another one in December, this time at my studio in Stellenbosch. Full info below. All welcome but space is limited so please book ASAP if keen.

Balance your Chakras – a yoga workshop with Leli Hoch and Nicci Annette, Certified Yoga Teachers
Saturday 10 December 2011 | 9-11h30am | Stellenbosch
R 140pp

Imagine – A peaceful setting in this historical town. Intense yoga practice, quiet breath-work, meditation, relaxation. Unwind and relax in the frenetic run-up to Christmas. And afterwards, enjoy tea, Leli’s famous cake and like-minded company.

We invite you to invigorate your body, soothe your soul and discover a deeper and more profound notion of your Self.

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel, and these seven “wheels” were thought of as spinning vortexes of energy, arranged vertically from the base of the spine to the top of the head, where we receive, absorb and distribute life energies.

Each chakra is associated with particular functions within the body and with specific life issues and the way we handle them, both inside ourselves and in our interactions with the world. Through external situations and internal habits, a chakra can become either deficient or excessive—and therefore imbalanced.

In our extended yoga class, we will focus on balancing all chakras through specific asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises) and relaxation.

We teach a gentle Vinyasa yoga, inspired by a variety of powerful, lovely and humorous teachers. The yoga we believe in is fun. Above all, it is transformative, fascinating, and, at times, a challenging mixture of focused breath, asanas and meditation, a way of holding space and moving through it. We are on that journey ourselves and probably always will be.

Our classes are suited to all levels: from beginners to intermediate students, young and old, male and female, from the frenzied urban mind to the chilled green soul and everyone in between.

What yoga seeks is union: a union between the body and mind, a union between friends and enemies, right and wrong, hot and cold and light and dark. Helping two forces, forces that at first appear so different, to form a harmonious connection. This is yoga.

The studio at Yoga With Nicci is on the banks of the Eerste River in Die Laan, opposite the beautiful mountain walks and dam of Coetzenberg, and just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, the Botanical Gardens and a whole lot more. See www.yogawithnicci.co.za for full directions.

Spaces are limited, so please book ASAP:

Nicci 078 563 8152 | nicci@yogawithnicci.co.za

Balance Your Chakras Invitation

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Countdown to Chakra-time

Less than 24 hours from now, my friend/fellow yoga teacher, Leli Hoch, and I will be just coming to the end of presenting our first joint yoga workshop. I am so looking forward to it! We did our teachers training together at Ananda Sanga in Somerset West but even though we have the same theoretical background, our personal styles are quite different and I think they will complement each other beautifully. We are expecting about 15 people so there will be a wonderful energy. Ooh, I can’t wait!

The theme of the workshop is ‘Balancing your Chakras’ and we have put together a sequence of mini-classes that will talk to each chakra individually, including specifically chosen pranayama and meditation for each one.

We are presenting it at the beautiful Stanford Valley Guest Farm http://www.stanfordvalley.co.za/and I am looking forward to getting out to the Overberg almost as much as I am doing the actual workshop. If I wake up early enough, I will take the coastal route via Clarence Drive, which surely has to be one of the most scenic routes in the world. It is one of the things that makes my heart swell with pride at being South African. The Amalfi Coast in Italy is breathtaking and the Pacific Coast Highway via Big Sur in California is absolutely spectacular, but I still think that this takes the cake. Of course I am biaised! But I am allowed to be. Surely that’s what being patriotic is all about?

The last time Leli and I did something together was when we attended a Southern Africa Yoga Safari retreat with the awesome Cheryl Lancellas in early October. It was at the Blue Butterfly Retreat centre just outside Tulbagh, and a truly memorable experience (more about that in another blog). Our dear friend and fellow teacher, Nicole Shea, also attended with us, before coldheartedly abandoning us to join her husband in Malaysia (we miss you, Nicole). It was not just a wonderfully restorative weekend but also huge fun getting to know each other a bit better, and I really look forward to the next one.

Who knows, maybe if this workshop is a success (as I am fully expecting it to be), Leli and I will be able to roll it out internationally… Malaysia here we come!