APRIL 27 – MAY 4, 2019
Dharma AND VINYASA Yoga retreat
with Ellie Steel AND DAVID RAMCHARRAN
Ellie’s classes start with a calming breathing practice followed by a short grounding meditation to prepare body and mind for the physical practice.
4pm – 2hr opening ceremony and practice.
Every morning – Early morning pranayama and mantra chanting+
2hr Dharma Vinyasa yin yang class
4.30pm – 90 min workshop where we break down some of the inversions, backbends and arm balances
2 evenings in the week we will offer after dinner evening Yoga Nidra and psychic development class
Ellie Steel – BIO:
Ellie was first introduced to yoga whilst travelling in India in 1996 during which time she developed a deep self- practice and love of yoga. In 2006 she began to teach yoga which for her was a natural progression from her extensive background in alternative therapies and sports therapy.
Ellie is passionate about sharing the knowledge she accumulated over the past 20years of study, practice and teaching and her teaching style reflects her knowledge of anatomy and the physical body as well as the spiritual aspects of yoga.
Ellie first practiced and studied Dharma Yoga with Sri Dharma Mittra in 2006 and this was the turning point in her life and yoga practice.
After training in Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga, Ellie then took her studies further and undertook an advanced 500hr Dharma Yoga training under the guidance of her Guru Sri Dharma at his New York studio.
Ellie continues to visit her guru in New York when she can and in London she practices regularly with her mentor Mark Kan.
She believes that yoga is a constant journey of learning; Ellie is a senior yoga alliance registered teacher and has teaching qualifications in Rocket yoga, Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga as well as a 500hr advanced teaching qualification in Dharma yoga, she is also trained in sports therapy.
In all of her classes Ellie encourages all her students to relinquish any expectations of what yoga practice should or shouldn’t be and to simply be at one with your breath and with your body, allowing the yoga to flow through you making your practice into your moving meditation.
DAVID RAMCHARRAN – BIO:
David’s first memory of yoga was when his father did a headstand and he clambered next to him in his diaper trying to imitate him. For many years, he practiced with his father who has never attended any studio classes and has had a steady daily self-practice to this day.
After many years of competitive running for school and college, David developed many injuries from not stretching properly. His physiotherapist at the time suggested that he try hot yoga, which he did for a few years until he yearned for a more spiritual side to the practice. In 2012, he was introduced to dharma yoga which is based on a system of classical Hatha-Raja Yoga which is a devotional practice emphasising good health, a clear mind and a kind heart.
David went on to complete his first teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, South India and then travelled to New York where he completed his 500-hour advanced teacher training in dharma yoga with the legendary Sri Dharma Mittra.
The year 2015 was a defining one for David, when he left he left his job in the city to focus on teaching yoga and helping others find the amazing benefits of having a regular yoga practice. He has since completed several trainings in yoga, pranayama and meditation to further develop his practice and improve his knowledge of how the body works. David is also a bodyworker and a certified advanced Thai massage therapist. He incorporates some elements of Thai massage in his teaching style, especially when adjusting and helping students achieve some of the more challenging asanas.
David personally believes that yoga is beneficial for all, no matter how old you are and that the only limitations are the ones we set for ourselves.