Yoni Shakti: Yoga and the Ten Wisdom Goddesses -
Women Yoga Workshop, Amsterdam
This experiential workshop explores how the potent power of the ten great wisdom goddesses can be experienced through yoga. Meet the great wisdom goddesses and celebrate every stage of women’s lives, from menarche, with the luscious Sodasi, the sixteen-year-old goddess, through to the crowning wisdom of Dhumavati, the grandmother goddess. Learn how the Dasa Mahavidyas can support the experience of the female siddhis: initiatory experiences granting insight, wisdom, and empowerment.
The intention is to provide practical experience of breath (pranayama), rhythmic and restorative yoga postures (asana), gestures (mudra), heart-based meditations (yoga nidra) and deep, joyful heart songs (kirtan) that celebrate every part of being a woman. The program is open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending.
It is open to all women and to yoga teachers/ yoga therapists/ health care practitioners/midwives/doulas who are interested in attending, either for themselves personally or for their students and clients.
The DATES: 21 February 2020
TEACHERS: Uma Dinsmore Tuli & Sivani Mata Francis
St. Laurentiuskerk / Yogatoday
Friday: 10:00 - 17:00 hrs
Please download the information document below for the detailed class schedule.
Early bird: €100
Regular rate: €110
Early bird price is available for the first 20 bookings only booked and paid in full before 1 September 2019.
UMA DINSMORE TULI
Uma was first introduced to yoga at the age of four by her mother and began meditating at nine on a pilgrimage with her maternal grandmother. Yoga and meditation have been part of her daily life ever since. As a naturally curious and enquiring yogini, she has engaged passionately and critically with a variety of quite different schools of yoga, most especially Satyananda Yoga and Iyengar Yoga.
After completing the Yoga Biomedical Trust Diploma in Yoga Therapy in 1999, Uma has continued to find the fully integrated approach of yoga therapy to be the most practical route to the healing power of yoga. She further trained in Structural Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy with Mukunda Stiles, and works as a yoga therapist with special expertise in women’s health. Uma has a PhD in Communications and is a recognised teacher of the British Wheel of Yoga. She has been a training tutor in Yoga Therapy since 2001 and also teaches British Wheel of Yoga In-service training days. As a mother of three, she has been both personally and professionally engaged with the development of pregnancy yoga, yoga for birth and postnatal recovery, and family yoga, and has been training teachers in this field since 2002, when she first tutored for the Birthlight Trust. Since then she has delighted in creating her own courses to promote excellence of teaching in this field, including Well Woman Yoga and a uniquely responsive Integrated Mother and Baby yoga teacher training. With the intention of widening access to pregnancy and postnatal yoga, she founded Sitaram Yoga with her husband in 1998, and it continues to offer pregnancy and postantal yoga classes in London, including at King’s College and St Thomas’s hopsitals.
The heart of Uma’s daily personal and therapeutic practice is yoga nidra, which she believes to be the most powerfully transformative of all yoga techniques. She first encountered the technique at the Satyananda Yoga Centre in 1995, and has been exploring all aspects of it with fascination ever since. She has studied a variety of different approaches to the practice both in India and the UK, with nationally renowned exponents including Swami Muktidharma (Satyananda Acharya, New Zealand), Mukunda Stiles, and Richard Miller. She has refined a range of particularly feminine therapeutic applications of yoga nidra, including its use for the promotion of fertility, positive birthing, postnatal recovery and conscious menstrual health a source of spiritual empowerment. She has taught yoga nidra to hundreds of people, in every conceivable environment, from nursery schools, hospitals and airports, to giant geodesic domes filled with yogis sheltering from wild storms at yoga festivals and gatherings. She has been sharing the technique with teachers from all lineages on Yoga Therapy training courses and retreats since 1999.
Uma leads retreats and courses worldwide, sharing the approach to yoga therapy set out in her CDs, DVDs and books: Mother’s Breath, Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth, and Feel Confident: Yoga for Living. Her new book Yoni Shakti is about the evolution of feminine spiritual authority through yoga and tantra. Uma is currently refining Womb Yoga through a series of international workshops and retreats.
SIVANI MATA FRANCIS
Sivani Mata has been using Yoga Nidra, the sublime practice of “yogic sleep” as a daily practice for many years now, and in April 2013 she completed the Total Yoga Nidra teacher training with Nirlipta Tuli and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, and is now able to share this invaluable practice which has aided her healing process over the years.
Sivani Mata is also a student of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love and devotion) and began her journey with this practice through attending various Kirtan (chanting) evenings in London and on her travels. Particularly with family band GOMA, who inspired her to live in trust and bhakti spirit in all aspects of life. She began to lead Kirtan after spending New Year 2009 with Jai Uttal on his Kirtan camp, followed by a Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico at the Yandara Yoga Institute, where an incredible resident kirtan band, Jaya made chanting a key element. Since then Sivani has been running chanting circles and gatherings in the UK and has released three kirtan albums produced by bhakti musical magician Tabla Tom: I AM (2012), Shakti Live (2015) and Surrender (2016). As well as her most recent release Jasmine Garden (2017) produced by the amazing Turkantam which blends Kirtan with mystic poetry. Having fallen in love with the path of Bhakti Yoga, Sivani organized the UK’s first ever Bhakti Music Festival (in August 2011), which brought devotional musical practices from various traditions together as one, in the spirit of universal love and devotion. Following on from this she now organizes BE LOVE ~ 11hour Bhakti Immersions in London. Inspired by her Bhakti Practice, Sivani also shares Yoga Nidra, Women's Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Shakti Dance with bhakti spirit, centering these practices in the heart to unveil one's true nature.
Inspired by her Bhakti Practice, Sivani shares Yoga Nidra with bhakti spirit, centering the practice in the heart to unveil one's true nature, and often including mantra as part of the practice.
Sivani Mata feels incredibly blessed to have found this divine practice and be able to share it with others
We are gathering at the beautiful Sint Laurentius Church, owned YogaToday in Amsterdam-Weesp, only a 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam Central Station. The stunning church is transformed into a fully equipped yoga studio, offering you all the comfort you need for this training. During your lunch break, you can have a stroll along the picturesque canals in Weesp. There are different lunch options and stores, or you can enjoy the weather sitting on one of the terraces by the water.
Download the information document for the full route description and address.