Persistent blockages to personal growth and spiritual practice give us a feeling of being stuck or trapped. In order to resolve these blockages and find again the forward momentum of life, the approach to hatha yoga postures called Bhava Yoga, and the method of self-discovery called Focusing, offer powerful transformative tools for the body and mind.
Focusing is a process of emotional healing developed by Eugene Gendlin that involves bodily and emotional attention which allows access to valuable inner information. It involves an intuitive use of language and visualisation to shift the blockages that prevent movement towards our own fulfilment.
Bhava means a feeling of being. It is a profound approach to yoga posture that turns each pose into an opportunity to develop and free your body, mind, and character. The Bhava method of Yoga Nidra, a deep meditative guided relaxation practice, expands and strengthens your ability to re-shape your mind stuff and allows you to embody positive qualities.
These two key methods work together to give you ways of identifying and resolving blockages, as well as methods to expand and develop latent potential. Whether or not you have experienced yoga or focusing before, this 3 day retreat at Mandala Yoga Ashram, in the beautiful hills around the Brecon Beacons National Park, is an ideal opportunity for self-exploration.
Each day includes Bhava Yoga practice, Bhava Yoga Nidra, sessions on Focusing, meditation and karma yoga, as well as space to share and enjoy nature around the ashram. Through the skilful integration of all these practices, this retreat promises to be a joyful and enriching experience.
Isabel Ponce-Grosso MSc is a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and counsellor working with the NHS facilitating workshops and webinars. Focusing was the theme of Isabel’s masters dissertation where she applied it to resolving internal conflicts.
Swami Atma Gyanam is dedicated to inspiring others through the methods of Yoga and the universal truths they point to. He developed Bhava Yoga after fifteen years investigating the origins and applications of Yoga Posture, and has been teaching it for over ten years.