Workshops

Exploring Yoga: Yoga Kriyas to cleanse the body plus chakra meditation

Saturday 15th January 2022, 10am - 12pm

at The Manor House in Dawlish

Cost £20

For anyone interested in exploring what the practice of Yoga is really all about.

The Yoga that we practice in the West is more properly called Hatha Yoga, which encompasses all the different styles you will find at any Yoga studio. But whereas many classes you may come across will focus on the physicality of the postures (asana) and on achieving flexibility and strength, these aren’t the only things Hatha Yoga is intended for.


Hatha Yoga can be translated as Forceful Yoga and is about self-realisation by perfecting the body. Looked at another way, the practice of asana, together with other techniques, can lead to improved self-awareness through turning the attention inward and quieting the mind. The ultimate goal of Yoga, therefore, is to work upon the mind by means of working with the body.


Other techniques that Hatha Yoga provides include:

  • body purification through breath techniques and muscular action (using the Devon School of Yoga kriyas)

  • breath control: pranayama

  • various meditative and visualisation techniques such as Yoga Nidra

  • the use of sound, such as with mantra, which is also an effective method for focusing mental energy


This is the second in a series of workshops that will focus on different elements of the practice of Hatha Yoga. This workshop will explore the Yoga kriyas as taught by the Devon School of Yoga.


The word kriya is a sanskrit word that means 'action' and the kriyas are activities that are used to purify and cleanse the body in preparation for the practice of Yoga. The kriyas that are taught through the Devon School of Yoga use breathing techniques and muscular action to cleanse the airways and stimulate the internal organs.


Some further details of the practice of Yoga kriyas can be found here, where a short-form version of the full Devon School of Yoga kriyas are described. The full kriya practice will be given in this workshop, which also combines with a pranayama chakra meditation.


The Yoga kriyas will be followed by a connected sequence of asana (yoga postures) followed by relaxation and meditation.

Contact me at philip.cross@gmail.com, 07966 163683, to book at place.