In a previous article of mine, YogaFestival | Milano, i mentioned how whilst in London i would attend someone’s workshop…yup you guessed it…the pic above kinda gave it away huh?
On Nov 6th, my yogi friends & I, Ana Lucia Romero, JV Yupangco-Russell and Natsuko, attended Danny Paradise’s 3hr 30min workshop on “Chakras: Balancing Life Force, Yoga, Shamanism + Aging: Approaching Transition With Vitality, In Clarity + Peace”.
It was incredibly interesting and did not pan out as many other workshops i have attended. To start there was a discussion on shamanism and aging, death, fears…he gave us some sheets:
1. a list of books he suggested we read;
2. some pranayama exercises;
3. the full primary series
4. the intermediate series II
5. surya namaskar a & b
I had no idea what to expect to be honest….there seemed to be a lot of people who had been to his workshops before, addressing him as Danny when asking him a Q. The gentleman next to me had been practicing yoga for the past 21 years, and told me that Danny was an old family friend. He attended many shamanic gatherings, which i was told, were quire rife in the UK…hmm who knows if there’s some in Italy too?
We began with surya namaskar a & b – i believe we did 4 of each…which i thought was interesting, i’ve always either done 3 or 5…anyway, minor details…we then started going thru the primary series but at some point the class just went off onto a totally different tangent…Danny just chose some asanas, some from the primary series, some from the intermediate one, and we just attempted doing them, some with more ease and grace than others (i.e. me!)…it was interesting because i got to try out some new poses that i’ve never ever tried…and some i got better than others, for sure, but some, for the life of me, i just could not do.
Shavasana was well deserved i must say…it felt like i was lying there for what seemed like forever…i felt sooooo relaxed and rested and at ease….it was pretty amazing. It was bliss.
One thing i can say, is that if i could, i would definitely go to Danny’s workshop in Thailand at jungleyoga…he is doing one next year from jan 28 – feb 8…for whoever was interested in joining or going along, you can get more details from his website: http://dannyparadise.com/…i was thinking about it, but have now decided that perhaps next year is not the year….there’s a special trip i want to do…and i am still not sure that it’ll go ahead for certainty, but if it does, you will most definitely hear a lot about it…if it doesn’t, i may have to move it again !
Its getting pretty late here so i should probably get some zzzz’s…sweet dreams everyone nite nite xxx
Christiane has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her yogic journey began in 2000 as a student of Swami Nirmal (now at the Satyananda Centre in London) at the Fitness First gym in Kensal Rise, London. She experienced various teachers in different Fitness Firsts in Central London and around Clapham Junction before changing gyms and meeting Alexa Kho at LA FItness in Piccadilly Circus, London. Christiane attended Alexa's Anusara classes as well as her workshops.
In January 2011 she enrolls in a 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training course with Rebecca Ffrench at YogaLondon. Vinyasa Flow is a modern form of yoga that comes from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and follows Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She quickly become passionate of this discipline and wants to deepen her knowledge; this brings her to meet and attend many workshops with Stewart Gilchrist, Shiva Rea, John Scott, Danny Paradise...all very famous teachers around the world. Being in the presence of such teachers is a significant experience for Christiane, in terms of her yogic journey, personal transformation and growth as well as understanding of yoga.
After 11years in London, she moves to Milan to deepen and continue her journey. In Milan she teaches privately (1:1 and group classes) as well as in various yoga and dance centers. Milan is where her love for Ashtanga Vinyasa deepens and grows, bringing her to attend workshops with Lino Miele, Sharath Jois and most recently Kino MacGregor...all original students of Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. All of this culminates with a long awaited and long overdue trip to India, the birthplace of Yoga. Here Christiane deepens her practice and knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga by doing a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa TTC with Yogi Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh India. After the monthlong course, her travels take her around India practicing with various other world renown teachers, namely with Sri V. Sheshadri in Mysore and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa.
In 2013 Christiane decides to embark on yet another yoga adventure, this time in Aerial Yoga! The course was divided into two weekends: level I in April and level II in June, after which she becomes a qualified Aerial Yoga teacher.
Teacher and student of yoga, writer, adventurous soul, creative mind, curious world traveler & lover of the outdoors. Current HQ: Milan, Italy.