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The Practice Of Embodiment Through Therapeutic Yin Yoga, Therapeutic Sound And Mindfulness Meditation

Teacher: Despina Forbes
Cost: 5 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
Dates: Sunday 19 February 2023 - Friday 24 February 2023

despina forbes2022Join Despina for 5 days of therapeutic yoga, therapeutic sound and mindfulness practice to cultivate well-being in a more informal manner. She will be offering two yoga classes per day in the studio which include meditation, breath practice and therapeutic sound (morning and afternoon) - with plenty of time to go at your own pace in between and to opt in or out of the guided practices. A daily morning meditation practice will be offered in the meditation hall. You are invited to join this retreat in supportive Noble silence. There will be scheduled time available for individual intentional discussion offered. Mindful body-awareness practices such as yoga and mindfulness meditation can help us cultivate somatic (body) intelligence and awareness of the sense of the body and how it moves. When we cultivate awareness of our felt sense of self, this provides an intuitive guide and possibilities for reflection that can support appropriate and healthy decisions in our lives. We will be exploring therapeutic yoga, drawing from yin and hatha yoga, breath practice, therapeutic sound and mindfulness practices.

Combining these practices of movement and relative stillness, with both therapeutic sound and quiet, creates powerful possibilities for insight, transformation and healing for the body, mind, and heart.

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Despina Forbes’ intention is to hold the space for facilitating well-being - drawing from nature, mindfulness/heartfulness, psychology, yoga, neuroscience, soundwork and sound healing as modalities for cultivating healthy change. She is a psychologist, mindfulness and yoga practitioner in Zululand, South Africa and online and is interested in facilitating cultivation of sustainable well-being. A trained MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) programme practitioner, she has trained and practised internationally, attended mindfulness trainings and programmes with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, the Centre For Mindfulness and Research in Bangor and The Mindfulness In Schools’ Project, UK. She studied her undergraduate and Masters degree abroad and returned to South Africa in 2004 where she continues to practise. She undertook the 200-hour Yoga teacher training under the guidance of Christine Withiel at Jivananda Centre For Well-Being in 2016, completed the Level 1 (100-hour) Insight Yoga training with Sarah Powers in 2017 and furthered her 300-hour training with Yogrishi Vishvekthu, Akhanda Yoga in Rishikesh, India, in 2019. You can find out more about Despina on her website: www.thewholesomspace.com