Yoga in Totnes
Time to Breathe
Community Meditation/Mindfulness Class
Every Monday 12:30- 1:30pm
Follower: “Which way should I follow?”
Ramana Maharshi: “Go back the way you came.”
We are Adam & Sabina, two 500 YTT trained yoga and meditation teachers based in Totnes. We offer weekly hatha yoga classes and community meditation/mindfulness classes in the heart of Totnes.
Our classes are offered on a sliding scale (or in the case of Time to Breathe, by donation), to make yoga and meditation as affordable as possible for the Totnes community.
Defining ‘yoga’ in an all-encompassing way is not simple. There are many branches, overlapping aspects, philosophies, practices and nuances that fall under the umbrella of yoga. The Sanskrit root of ‘yoga’ is ‘yuj’ meaning to ‘yoke’, ‘bind’ or ‘join together’, also indicating ‘oneness’ and/or ‘union’. At the deepest spiritual level, yoga is about revealing our essential nature. Through Self-revelation we realise that there is no separation between anyone or anything – everything is One. This tenet of yoga is known as ‘advaita’, meaning ‘non-duality’.
The profundity of Oneness is not something that can be truly understood by the rational mind. The yogic path is principally based on direct knowledge and for most people this involves the regular practice of yogic techniques that purify the body and mind, such as meditation and hatha yoga. This is very much the spirit in which we practice and share at Kalyan Yoga. We hope you feel inspired to learn meditation and yoga with us.
“What we are looking for, is what is looking.”
-St Francis of Assisi-
Yoga in Totnes
We offer guided hatha yoga classes in and around Totnes. Check out our current classes!
The style of hatha yoga we practice, named ‘Hridaya Hatha Yoga’, is for everyone; from those with a budding curiosity to those who have been practicing for years.
Hridaya Hatha Yoga is a form of classical hatha yoga practiced in a contemplative style. The practice is performed with the eyes closed and we generally hold the asanas for longer than other styles of yoga. This helps us to interiorise and connect with the more subtle aspects of our being such as the energy centres, (chakras), and our true essence that can be perceived as a dynamic stillness.
We often describe this style of yoga as ‘meditation in motion’, a bridge between being and doing.
Yoga does not discriminate, and this style is inclusive of all bodies.
Meditation in Totnes
Meditation has always been the core of our practice. We were both deeply inspired after completing meditation retreats, and have continued a deep exploration into meditation.
Once we have started on the path of meditation, it is impossible to ignore the indescribable richness that meditation can bring to all areas of our lives.
We share meditation workshops and retreats around the UK, as well as free online meditation meet ups, to share this passion with others. Our workshops and retreats are ideal for beginners, as well as advanced meditators. Each workshop and retreat is comprehensive, you will be guided through meditation sessions and presented specific techniques, all designed to guide you in a journey of self re-connection.
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Sabina's first encounter occurred spontaneously in 2007, when she attended a satsang at a Sri Chinmoy Centre in Auckland. The monk shared about nirvana and samsara and revealing our ‘buddha nature’. Even though she didn’t understand everything he was sharing, the monk’s words lit the spark in her heart and was the beginning of what was to become a lifelong journey exploring the path of meditation.
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It was a search for lasting happiness that brought Adam to yoga. Having searched for happiness outside of himself, going from one high to another, through substances, travel and other sense stimulation, it became clear that the craving of the senses could never be completely satisfied through searching outside of one’s self.
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“Adam and Sabina are wonderful, insightful teachers who share from the heart. I attended one of their 2 day workshops on the fundamentals of meditation, where we were introduced to the wonders of this practice. They provided us with a friendly and nurturing space in which to learn and I hope to be a part of another workshop in the future. Thank you!”
“Through his calm and loving presence, Adam creates a space where one really feels at home and his classes mirror the depth he has reached in his own practice. Such a gift to be able to go on this journey inside with him. Sabina emanates so much love and motherly care in her classes and through this really makes it easy for her students to go deeper and fully let go, meeting the present moment in a loving embrace.”
“The way that Adam and Sabina explained each meditation technique was absolutely brilliant. It was clear and easy but with a very deep knowledge. The level between theoretical and practical matters was ideal to all of us (beginners and with experience). Adam and Sabina are so genuine and peaceful human beings, with so much light that they spread to all of us. They spoke from their heart and that is the most beautiful way and technique to learn from someone.”