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18th - 21st July 2019 Official Programme

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CONTENTS CONTENT PAGES Welcome 4 - 5 Masters & teacher bios

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Family area 18 - 19 Family area teacher bios

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Article: Self Growth & Self Discovery

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Class timetable 26 - 29 Entertainment 30 - 33 Important information 34 Festival site map 35 Some Core Concepts Of The Gitananda Yoga Tradition

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Is Yoga A Science? 42 The Case For Choosing Organic Food And Ayurveda

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WELCOME... Dear friends, The World Yoga Festival has always taken its inspiration from Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati and the other great masters of authentic Yoga traditions and we seek their grace as we welcome you to the 4th World Yoga Festival. This year, the festival is starting to feel more mature and we are overjoyed. The wisdom traditions teach us not to seek happiness from the transient outside world, so why this joy? The pleasure is from knowing that the festival is able to continue to choose the very best authentic teachers from around the world who have proven to be so popular in the past and will continue to attract people in the future. This longer-term sustainability feels like our ‘little baby’ has finally started to walk and is no longer totally dependent upon us. We are taught to enjoy the experience of our actions rather than the result, for the result is not totally under our control. What an experience Sonali and I have had with the festival. We have found friends from all corners without whom the festival would not be here today; we have had the privilege to meet great masters and have them share their knowledge with us and finally, we have felt the love of so many of you who say or write to us that you are happier because of the festival. If one wants to leave a legacy, there can be none finer than love. The festival was created for people like you and you have shown your unwavering support by attending, to make it what it is today - self-sustaining with a total commitment to authentic teaching. Truly, this is your festival. With gratitude, we thank you for joining us in celebration and welcome you home.

Sonali & Ram Banerjee Festival Founders

All proceeds from World Yoga Festival are donated to the ARSHA KULA FOUNDATION, UK Registered Charity No. 1171708. The objective of the charity is to advance the education of the public in general on the ancient knowledge of India (including the 8 limbs of Yoga, Ayurveda, Jyotisha, Vaastu, Veda, Vedanta, etc). 4

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MASTERS & TEACHERS Swami Brahmavidananda Saraswati is a traditional and contemporary teacher of Vedanta. He believes that “Vedanta is not only for sadhus but very much for people who are living life to the fullest and who want more from life.” Armed with this understanding, for more than thirty years, Swamiji has taught and reached out to different groups of people– students of Vedanta, students and teachers of yoga, seekers and people across all ages and stages of life.

Friday: The Purpose of Yoga and Vedanta Saturday: Sadhana in Yoga and Vedanta Sunday: Moksha in Yoga and Vedanta Advaita

Swami Ambikananda began her Yoga studies forty-five years ago when she met her guru, Swami Venkatesananda, the world-renowned Sanskrit scholar and disciple of Swami Sivananda, founder of the international Divine Life Society. Swami Venkatesananda trained her in Yoga and Vedanta, encouraging her to find the inner meaning of ancient texts, mantra and asana by searching out the spiritual truths of each.

Yoga, HRV and the Inner Landscape with Swami Ambikananda Saraswati.

Swami Sarvapriyananda has been Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of New York since January 2017. Swamiji has given talks on Vedanta all over the world. His clarity and command of the subject has won him many followers. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Vedanta teachers in the West with an amazing ability to pitch his talks with precision and humour to almost any type of audience. This makes him a huge pleasure to listen to and his publicly available talks continue to prove extremely popular.

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Vedanta and Yoga Philosophy

In this class Swami Ambikananda will explore how our inner landscape impacts on our energy and health and how to become aware of that impact. It will contain asana, pranayama, dharma, darshana (philosophy) and some fun work in seeking out the Inner Landscape.

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Swami Svatmananda Saraswati has been a disciple of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati since 2003, and completed an intense study of Vedanta in a traditional three-year course in 2007. Swami Svatmananda has devoted his life to Vedic knowledge. He counsels individually and lectures to groups worldwide on hatha yoga, meditation, Jyotisha (Vedic astrology), ayurveda (Vedic medicine), Vastu (Vedic architecture), Sanskrit language and Vedanta.

Friday: Finding your purpose in life through Vedic Astrology Saturday: Beyond Yoga: What next? Sunday: Vision of the upanishads/Vedanta

Swamini Brahmaprajnananda Saraswati (Swamini ji) is a traditional Hindu monk and a contemporary teacher of Advaita Vedanta (knowledge of non duality/ oneness). Her greatest blessing was to be a studentdisciple of H.H. Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji (19302015), acknowledged as the greatest guru of Advaita Vedanta of his time. She received diksha, initiation into monkhood (Shankara bhagavatpada order of Dasanamis) from her guru on the banks of the Ganga, in India at the age of 40. A qualified psychologist, Swamini-ji’s teaching style seamlessly flows from areas of self growth to self discovery of the vision of oneness.

Self realisation - Knowledge or Experience? Meditation and the Meditator Discovering Love

Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani is Director of the Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER), and Professor of Yoga Therapy at the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry.

Wholistic perspective of yoga and yogatherapy Enhancing prana through mindfulness Inducing the relaxation response through Yoga

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MASTERS & TEACHERS Sri. Vijay Gopala is a certified senior Yoga Teacher from Mysore, India - the southern capital of the Yoga world. He has been teaching Yoga for more than 20 years and has completed a degree in science and two Master degrees - one in Philosophy and another in Yoga. Sri. Vijay Gopala has a unique expertise in bringing the Yoga philosophy as an experience on the Yoga mat. In 2012 he founded Yoga Gita to spread the message of ‘Yoga as it is’. This approach centers on the practical adoption of the ancient Yoga philosophy on the mat.

‘Practicing posture as posture. Get exposed to the missing link between philosophy and mat’. ‘Satsang: know and evolve. Question and answer sessions’. ‘Practicing Pranayama as Pranayama. Get exposed to the missing link between you and life energy around you.’

Dr. Hansaji Jayadeva Yogendra is currently the Director of The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, the world’s oldest organised Yoga center. She is also the President of International Board of Yoga and Senior Vice President Indian Yoga Association (IYA).

Four Attitudes in Life: Bhavas The relevance of Patanjali Yoga Sutra in modern times

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Yoga philosophy and practical approach in life

She is the leading face of household Yoga and has conducted over 100,000 theoretical and practical sessions of Yoga to date. Her significant contributions in areas like Yoga education, research, experiential learning, standardisation of Yoga practices have been widely recognised. A strong foundation based on Gandhian principles shaped her beliefs.

Garth McLean is a senior level Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher “CIYT” (Intermediate Sr III) a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Based in Los Angeles, Garth studies annually with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. He teaches yoga intensives locally and globally. In addition to regular intensives, Garth offers workshops on the positive effect of yoga on MS and other neurological conditions. Blessed with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 1996, Garth successfully manages his course of MS and a hectic schedule with a daily practice of Iyengar Yoga as presented by Yoga master, Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar.

“Transform the body, transform the mind.” Come explore the potential of personal transformation (parinama) as we joyfully embark on an inner journey through the koshas (sheaths of the body) in asana and pranayama...from the physical to the breath to the more subtle inner state of bliss that resides in all of us. Classes taught in the lineage of B.K.S. Iyengar.

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Dr. Omanand is one of the chief disciples of Yugpurush Mahamandleshwar Swami Paramanand Giriji Maharaj. His students are from 81 countries who become successful Yoga Teachers. He is simple, and compassionate. He is a merit holder throughout education & honored with various Awards. He is a scholar studied and realized various Ancient Scriptures. He guides Meditation-Yoga, Chidshakti Prakriya, yoga Therapy from small to large gatherings and has written 33 books on the topic.

“Being Blissful Meditation.” Using consciousness Awakening Techniques, wake up the Inner Powers through Chidshakti Prakria. Learn the secrets and rid yourself of life’s problems.

Dr. Parthasarathy is a practicing Ayurveda “Vaidya” (physician) currently unfolding the vision of Pujya swami Dayananda Saraswathi, Anaikatti, as the Chief Medical Officer. Responsible for unfolding the vision to give its realistic shape Dr. Parthasarathy, along with his partner Dr Sarinya Parthasarathy, has been closely involved with shaping this Temple of Arsha Ayurveda on the lines of authenticity and pragmatism. They are very keen to convey the sanctity of Ayurveda through their work with a range of “rogis” (patients).

Understanding the nuances of a day and a year from an Ayurvedic perspective including all the activities that we do from waking up until bedtime

Yogi Kamal Singh is known for his energetic and motivating Ashtanga classes at Tattvaa Yogashala, an inspired yoga hall overlooking the Ganges River in Rishikesh, India. A class with Kamal includes powerful adjustments which safely teach students the depths of each asana. Students come from all over the world to take his classes and commonly practice with him for one or more months at a time. The results are often profound, students have returned home with straighter backs and clearer minds.

A masterclass in astanga yoga

Ram Vakkalanka is an internationally known Nada Yogi, Yoga philosopher, Sanskrit expert and Meditation instructor. Ram belongs to the spiritual lineage of the ancient Yogi Dattatreya and is a master of Nada Yoga which teaches us to rise above the noise, go deep into our heart and discover an inexhaustible source of inner peace, health and strength.

Cleansing Mento-Emotional blockages through Nada Yoga. Revitalize yourself through Chakra-cleansing Sealing in the Energy through Mudras

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MASTERS & TEACHERS Sheila Whittaker is a sound healer, musician, gong master and teacher with a background in classical music. As a professional violinist having studied at the Royal College of Music, she had a thriving career in the mainstream classical music world for many years, both playing and teaching. Some 18 years ago she became a sound healer, obeying the call to use her musical abilities in a more focused, holistic way.

These gong sessions will highlight the male and female energy principles - the yin/yang, Shiva/Shakti, dark/light, sun/moon, and the interplay between these opposing energies, and bringing them into balance within ourselves.

Ram Banerjee is a Meditation and Vedanta teacher from the Arsha Vidya tradition who, since 2010, has run a weekly meditation and Advaita Vedanta group and provides regular talks and guided meditations to yoga gatherings. ​ Under the influence of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Ram started to study the Vedic teachings in depth. Recognising his ability to acquire and convey knowledge as well as achievements to date, Ram was honoured in July 2018 with the title of Arsha Vidya Yogashree by Swami Santatmananda, the resident head of teaching at the Swami Dayananda Ashram in Rishikesh, India.

Saturday: “Understanding Consciousness.” There is so much confusion around consciousness (or awareness as it is sometimes known). There is scientific research on what it is and every Guru has their own definition. It is important to be very clear about what consciousness is, since ultimately, it is ME.

Marc J Acquaviva is Director of Studies and founder of the AcquaViva School of Yoga. Marc has been passionate about yoga since his early childhood, and from 1991 he has been studying and practicing exclusively with people that have worked directly with Vanda Scaravelli, such as Diane Long and Sophy Hoare, as well as with the highly respected osteopaths and anatomists that have been called to further understanding of her work, such as Pete Blackaby and John Stirk.

Yoga Solutions - shift your perspective, transform your practice. Over the festival Marc will be running sessions on solutions to various common joint and spinal issues:

Friday: Masculine - yang, Shiva. With a focus on the strength and “doing-ness” of the male energy principle.  Saturday: Feminine - yin, Shakti. Today’s gong session will focus on the softer creative “being-ness” of the  female energy principle.

Sunday: “Understanding Enlightenment.” A term that is so misused that it has become almost meaningless. Yet it has a very good definition and can be achieved while living. How do they live and act? What does enlightenment feel like? How are enlightened people different from you and me? Clarity is required so that one is able to differentiate those who have achieved it from those who have not.

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Sandra Barnes, co-founder of The Yoga Tree, has over 18 years experience teaching yoga. Starting her yoga journey in her early 20’s in her home country, Argentina, and leaving not long after in search of the world’s mysteries. Sandra teaches a wide and varied clientele, and her fitness background brings an in depth knowledge of the workings of the body, enabling her to make asana variations available to all abilities, ages, bodies and backgrounds.

Sandra loves learning, and sharing her finds through her own dynamic and creative style, based on a Vinyasa Flow. Her unbounded energy and wealth of knowledge, makes each class an electic mix of many influences, woven together to create a unique and innovative style. She starts all her classes with a grounding, and culminates them with a deep guided, relaxing meditation, and a healing sound bath.

Lucy Crisfield asks burning questions about the Yoga Sūtras. Having studied Sanskrit for the past 10 years, and have taken her to the feet of Masters of the language: Satyanānda Shastri, Dr Stephen Thompson and Peter Harrison, who have all broken her down again and again as she tried to analyse the Yoga Sūtras and fit them into a box. Patiently they have tired her questioning mind so that she could feel the vast capacities held within the Sanskrit language.

Sanskrit & Yoga Sūtra immersion. What is it that makes Sanskrit a sacred language? What is its visceral connection to yoga? Explore the life force of the language through the vowel sounds and then delve into the sounds of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras and discover what they truly mean.

Nick Edge (Swami SatyaDaya) is a born seeker who brings a very meditative and reflective style to his practice and teaching. As a gyana yogi, his main path is gyana yoga (the path of reflection and insight). He has been fundamentally inspired by his time at Mandala Yoga Ashram under the direction of Swami Nishchalananda and through his contact with other inspiring teachers, and has now fully stepped into the role of teacher, guide and inspirer. He teaches in a clear and engaging way, which is liberally sprinkled with humour!

The Art of Meditation - Befriending the Mind

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Meditation is often wrongly assumed to be a method of controlling the mind by force. In fact the practice of meditation is the subtle art of befriending the mind as it is, moment to moment. That way the tensions held in the mind can slowly release and let go allowing us a greater sense of peace within and opening us up to the possibility of insight and realisation - the fundamental purpose of all meditation.


MASTERS & TEACHERS Debbie Farrar was introduced to asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation in the 1970s, and has enjoyed a daily practice for almost 40 years. Inspired by nature, her mother and Godfrey Devereux; she began teaching yoga in 1999 and completed her Teacher Training with Satya Premananda in 2004. She started work on an interpretation of the Yoga Sutras, an ongoing project that forms the basis of her yoga teacher trainings that began in 2012 in Lancashire under the name Feel Now Yoga.

Yogasana as somatic self enquiry. Becoming more intimate with the present moment through the felt sense brings with it a deepening appreciation of the simple wonder of our inner space.  A subtle moving meditation to guide you through the 5 koshas of deepening awareness.  

Laura Finch has long been the seeker of truth. Having attended the Greenham Peace Camp where she met Swami Ambikananda, Laura began to realise a spiritual path was changing the world and yoga was a revolutionary act. Swami Ambikananada introduced her to Traditional yoga and Vedanta books of knowledge. In 1996 Laura had a serious motorbike accident. Yoga became pivotal/central in her taking responsibility for her own recovery and future life.

Moving without force into an interconnected body. We will look at how to gain movement without causing tension in the body. When we work at this level we can free ourselves from patterns of tension that hold us captive.   Yoga is to return us to our essential nature and spirit. We can feel inside our bodies root and ground into the earth without being too mental, yoga brings us into the present moment.

Joe Hoare runs the Bristol Laughter Club, which is over thirteen years old and is the longest-running series of laughter yoga workshops outside India.. His own life changed when he ‘woke up’ about 25 years ago. He is the co-author (with the Barefoot Doctor) of ‘Awakening the Laughing Buddha Within’.

Sessions are dynamic, energising and life-enhancing!

Using Structure to Find Freedom. Structure and freedom in dynamic equilibrium. Refine your awareness of the body’s structure to find freedom at the joints in a dynamic yoga posture practice.  Using the lenses of sthira & sukha we will explore how the structure of the body can support the freedom of the breath.

Laughter yoga helps build resilience, reduce stress and anxiety, improve communication & connection, and increase mindfulness & happiness. Learn a natural, spontaneous, genuine approach.

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Angela Hope-Murray has been in practice for over 40yrs and is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Marmapuncturist Msc, Nutritionist MA., Osteopath BSc. She has written 3 books Healing with Ayurveda, Ayurveda For Dummies and An Outline of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Ayurveda. Angela gives lectures worldwide on Ayurveda in daily life.

Modern nutrition in light of Ayurveda

Michael Hutchinson is a yoga teacher, teacher-trainer and researcher with decades of experience. He is a living example of the power of yoga to maintain good health and is committed to spreading the teachings of Sri TKV Desikachar and his father for the benefit of others, regardless of their current or previous background.

Sessions with Andy-Curtis-Payne. Building direction and purpose into Yoga practice, and how this contributes to general well-being.

Kailas is a Sivananda teacher with many years of experience in teaching. He was a professional basketball player before becoming a full time member of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres founded by Swami Vishnudevananda. He has been teaching in the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ training courses in Europe and India for several years. He teaches asanas and pranayama with much energy, enthusiasm and attention to details. Kailas is the codirector of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in London.

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Rachel Lovegrove is an internationally renowned, certified Iyengar yoga teacher and mentor with over 25 years experience. Beginning in 1998, she trained to a high level in the UK and India with senior Iyengar yoga teachers and maintains her personal development with regular contact with Advanced senior Iyengar teachers such as Manouso Manos in California and Paxti Lizardi in Madrid. She recently completed advanced training in Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics in Los Angeles California with Manouso Manos, and every two to three years travels to India to study with the Iyengar family in Pune.

Rachel will be introducing Iyengar yoga to all levels including beginners. Iyengar yoga is adaptable to any type of person, helps with many physical and mental health conditions, fitness goals, posture, strength and mobility and generally keeps the body and mind on an even keel. As well as giving you a good insight into the Iyengar approach to yoga, join Rachel on Sunday for a fun and informative session which will be gently challenging and make you feel great!

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MASTERS & TEACHERS Kate Morsley is a senior teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga with over 20 hyears teaching experience. Kate recently qualified as a Breatheology Instructor with world free-diving champion, Stig Severinsen. In Kate’s session you will learn how to bring simple, yet powerful breath guidance into your classes and your life. She also specialises in teaching young people in schools.

Breathe Yoga - The Power of Simplicity

Mary Niker is a highly experienced and committed international yoga teacher based in the Thames Valley. She has over 20 years experience studying the Iyengar method of yoga with regular visits to India, including studying with the Iyengar family and B.K.S. Iyengar himself. Through this and her teaching in the U.K, and abroad, she has established herself as a vibrant, enthusiastic and inspiring teacher to the many yoga students she has taught.

Iyengar Family Yoga

Jo Nimrita has been practising and teaching Shakti Dance & Kundalini Yoga since 2005, and for the past few years has been training teachers in Shakti Dance. She is also a musician and visual artist.

Shakti Dance - The Yoga of Dance

Understanding the physiology of breath and the nervous system is key to mental and physical health. As teachers we have the opportunity to introduce simple and effective breath practices to not only calm the mind, but also improve posture and healing. In this class I will be offering simple systems of breath and movement which can be a complete method or incorporated into any yoga class to increase breath capacity, inner focus and improved performance in many areas of life.

Iyengar Yoga, named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, is a form of Hatha Yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama). The development of strength, mobility and stability is gained through the asanas.

Shakti Dance consists of 8 phases - tuning in, gentle flowing asanas, standing sequences, free dance, relaxation, movement meditation, stillness meditation and closing mantra. The journey through the 8 phases stimulates Kundalini Shakti to flow, bringing joy, deep healing, liberation, creativity, enhancing the meditative mind, opening the heart, touching the soul, balancing the chakras, uniting Shiva and Shakti within, and ultimately merging individual consciousness with universal consciousness. World Yoga Festival 2019 - Official Programme

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MASTERS & TEACHERS Johanna Nye teaches students the principles and practical implications of yoga, an ancient form of exercise with a specific phylosophy which aims to help people improve their mental and physical wellbeing. After following the two-year teacher training course with The Traditional Yoga Association, Johanna qualified as a yoga teacher in 2006. She has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and currenrly teaches a variety of group classes, one-to-one yoga sessions, yoga retreats and participated in Yoga festivals. She is also a volunteer teacher at The Reading Hindu Temple giving the local people in the community the opportunity to practice yoga helping people improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

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The class will cover Breath with Movement - with a focus on: - Breathing and body awareness during asanas - Doing asanas mindfully with peace and insight - Freeing ourselves from patterns of tension and tightness - Giving the opportunity to relax the body and mind - Being in the present moment.

Andy Curtis-Payne is a yoga teacher, therapist and teacher-trainer. He is an enthusiastic advocate of the power of yoga to change lives. His teaching covers all aspects of yoga practice and philosophy and is suitable for all ages and abilities. He is a member and the current chair of The Society of Yoga.

Sessions with Michael Hutchinson. Building direction and purpose into Yoga practice, and how this contributes to general well-being.

Vikki Phillpott has been teaching under the banner of The Traditional Yoga Association since 2005. Practicing for almost 30 years she finds yoga both grounding and incredibly uplifting. She teaches a variety of classes and one-to-one’s in South Oxfordshire.

Vikki feels that yoga is “truly for all! The diversity means there is a practice for everyone”. “Enabling students to find their own practice, to explore the way the body can move and change is a joy”. Her down to earth teaching reminds us to stay in the body, to remain present with each breath. There is a fun side to her teaching and always an encouraging reminder to smile, to yourself, your fellow students, your fellow human kind.

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MASTERS & TEACHERS Kimberley Soni is an avid cook, and an Ayurveda obsessionist, combinjng these two passions in her food. She believes in using food as a medicine, and sourcing local seasonal produce to enable nature to be a guide in terms of health and well-being. Kimberley has travelled to India to learn from the most authentic Ayurvedic teachers that she could find, and has trained as a chef in the UK.

Kimberley will be leading cooking demonstrations that reflect Ayurvedic principles to food and its preparation. These demonstrations will follow on from the Ayurvedic talks given by Dr Parthasharathy which will highlight the principles of Ayurveda as it applies to our lives including food preparation and consumption. Much of this knowledge rarely comes to the UK. After the festival you should become well conversant with the principles of Ayurveda and how to utilise its wisdom for your personal health and well being.

Luci Trendle began her yoga journey almost 20 years ago and it had such a profound impact on her life that she very soon became aware that it was a fundamental part of her well-being. Such was her enthusiasm she was inspired to study with The Traditional Yoga Association®. In 2006 she qualified to teach, under the wing and wisdom of Swami Ambikananda.

Friday: ‘The Seat of the Soul’. In this class we will safely and fully warm the quads, hips and hip flexors. Our vinyasa will then allow us to explore more deeply the flexion and extension of the hips and say ‘hello’ to the Psoas; the muscle otherwise known as the Seat of the Soul!

Yogachariya Jnandev is founder of the Yoga Satsanga Ashram in West Wales. Jnandev spent the first 33 years if his life in India, grew up in a Hindu household in rural Rajasthan. Jnandev studied Yoga academically acquiring an MSc in Yoga (gold medalist) and later became a sadhu for several years.

Sanatan Yoga for Health and Well-being. This session will include classical hatha yoga kriyas, asanas and mudras to restore our general health and well-being. This series is to activate our subtle energy channels known as Nadis and enhance the quality and flow of Pancha-Pranas in our pranamaya kosha and recharge and rejuvenate our body and mind.

Deepika has been a yoga practitioner for the last 25 years and is a senior teacher in the Gitananda Tradition. Deepika trained at ICYER, Ananda Ashram India in 2006 and after furthering her training their she is now one of the few worldwide 3000 hours advanced senior Gitananda Teachers who returns to the ashram yearly to assist with the teacher training courses.

Sanatan Yoga for Polarity Loma-Viloma Concept. This session will include guided meditation to recharge and balance our polarity, followed by Hatha Yoga -warm ups, kriyas, asana, mudra and pranayama to restore our polarity (loma-viloma, sun-moon, positive-negative, prana-apana, yin-yang) and then reverse their flow to attain union or oneness of shiva-shakti, leading us to balance and equanimity.

Sunday: ‘Good Morning Sun(day)!’ In this class, after warming through and waking our bodies, we will duly salute the rising sun, encouraged at a pace that suits you. Following this we will then engage in focused asana practice before resting into the start of your beautiful day.

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FAMILY AREA TEACHERS Gemma Alexander is the brain child behind Gotra Yoga and indeed the Family Area at World Yoga Festival. She is supported by Alexandre Rahir, her beloved, to co-ordinate the whole area, ensuring the families at the festival have the best selection of yoga teachers, playful and fun workshops and happy volunteers. Their baby, Anna, will experience the festival for the second time in 2019. Gotra translates as ‘Clan’. In the Family Area, we are uniting our Clan through yoga. Yoga is a lifestyle for Gemma. Before becoming a mama, Gemma has taught adult, family and child yoga in various parts of the world. Alexandre is a NLP practitioner and specialises in hypnosis. They both love creating, exploring and bringing people together! You can find Gotra Yoga on Instagram, Facebook and online.

Ellen Clinch is a qualified Primary School teacher with specialist training in child, special needs and teen yoga. After teaching yoga at a children’s refugee camp in Dunkirk, Ellen went on to complete special yoga training for children with ADHD and autism. Recently she completed her teen yoga training and she now works in a secondary school autistic unit, teaching pupils in one-to-one sessions. Ellen also works in pre-schools and primary schools, and runs weekly sessions for looked-after children. The World Yoga Festival has been instrumental for Ellen’s growth and passion for yoga.

Leah McGrath (Gro Yoga) is a registered (200 hours) yoga teacher with specific interest and training in yoga for women during the perinatal period and also for families and children. Leah believes that women supporting other women is the most powerful network when dealing with all the newness of being mother. Leah is a mother to three daughters aged 2, 4 and 8 and is passionate about introducing yoga to children as early as possible. Leah is also qualified in baby massage and children’s yoga. She has worked with many pre-schools, schools and families. Leah also enjoys running family yoga workshops with the lovely Ellen Connolly-Clinch. Most recently Leah has been working in an Forest School Outdoor Learning setting and has enjoyed introducing mindfulness and yoga practices there. 20

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FAMILY AREA TEACHERS Claire Hutchins (Chillax Kids) has been a primary school teacher for over 25 years and taught across the ages from 3-11. She is a qualified Mini Me Yoga Ambassador sharing with adults the wonderful benefits of doing kids yoga and mindfulness everyday with children. Claire enjoyed taking part in the Cosmic Kids Yoga Teacher training and completed the 27 hour Rainbow Kids Yoga training. Claire is also a Story Massage Practitioner. Claire really enjoys her weekly yoga classes at Addington Special Needs School in Reading, Berkshire, working with children who have autism, ADHD and physical difficulties. Claire loves to play the guitar, ukulele, clarinet and piano and teaches these instruments to children and adults. With these two loves, yoga and music, Claire set up Chillax Kids. Claire will be bringing yoga to children at the festival, in addition to playing music. She will also be running a Story Massage Workshop.

Sue Davies is a fun and passionate children, family and adult yoga teacher. Sue passes on her work and understanding through classes and books designed to help children and teens heal from adversity and trauma.

Sarah Smith and Giacomo Sandri are medical herbalists and holistic massage therapists. Both studied at the University of Lincoln and then went on to study and MTI accredited holistic massage course. Giacomo is based in Bristol and Sarah in Henley-on-Thames, they both run their own busy practices but started to run workshops together in the summer of 2018. Sarah returns for another year and is happy to welcome Giacomo to the Gotra family for his first year. Together, they will be running herbal workshops with the children, looking at how the elements represent different aspects of our personality and how we may use plants/herbs to support us on our journey through life as we grow and change. Each workshop will be interactive, some will include a ‘making’ activity e.g. cold infusions, incense sticks, or a ‘doing’ activity e.g. a herb walk to identify and forage common plants growing on the festival site.

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FAMILY AREA TEACHERS Genius Ideas (Lina, Jeff, Julie & Ross) are a group of volunteers from The Rising Sun Art centre in Reading who build wondrous things limited only by our imagination. We then use these weird and wonderful contraptions (such as giants and fantasy ships) in parades we arrange in town, as well as in-house or as part of other events.The Rising Sun Arts Centre is a small, independent arts centre in Reading, which for 26 years has been staffed and run by volunteers. Their programme includes a varied line up of high quality events and activities, all managed by volunteers without the benefit of core funding or full time staff. The centre’s aim is to create a space where creativity flourishes and people can come together to make things happen! Genius Ideas are bringing a Giant Yogi named Bob to meet all the families at World Yoga Festival.

Kate Shorey is a graduate from her Bachelor of Arts degree at Falmouth University, and has since been working for Reading Arts. She has previously volunteered for a surf therapy charity and currently volunteers at the Rising Sun Art Centre. She aspires to complete a masters degree specialising in art therapy and community arts, and is passionate about running arts workshops with a range of communities. Kate will be co-running art classes at the festival with Matthew Lawrence Mkulila. Matthew will also be leading some of his own hip hop sound meditations and musicality with our yoga teachers in the Family Area.

Katherine Smith is passionate about inspiring children to become confident artists and writers. She has a degree in literature and is a fine art student at UCA Farnham. Katherine has taught creative writing and art for the last 10 years, currently in small groups in Wimbledon as paintwritenow.co.uk. As an artist, katherinesmithart.co.uk, Katherine practises conscious making: making sculptures and paintings, focusing on the sensations, thoughts and feelings that arise in her interactions with the materials in front of her as she creates.

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FAMILY AREA TEACHERS Mal Alexander is an expert in storytelling - his daughter Gemma can vouch for that! Growing up he told Gemma and her four brothers stories of pirates, monsters, undiscovered galaxies and the aliens living there!

Alisha Greatorex is the Queen of the Glitter Fairies at World Yoga Festival. In addition to being a yoga enthusiast she is an a expert traveller, bringing her glitter kit around the globe. Alisha is also an Indian Head masseuse.

SĂŠbastien, Micha and Elea are passionate about yoga and meditation and this has led them to co-create the Happy Heart Bergerie in the South of France. It is a yoga and personal development centre with 200 acres of mountain, forest, streams and natural water sources. Micha is also a lawyer and teaches yoga and meditation through MforMeditation.com. SĂŠbastien is also a life and business coach at EverestCoaching.mc and an IT entrepreneur at Virtuo.mc. Together with Elea they will be sharing their skills with the families at World Yoga festival.

Dan and Els travel the world, working with local people as they go. They have extensive experience and joy in working with children and share this with all the team in the Family Area.

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Self Growth & Self Discovery About thirty years ago, when a person browsed in the book store in the self help section, the perception was that he really needed ‘help’. Now, if one sees a person reading a self help book or hearing a podcast on life matters, s/he is looked upon favourably as one wanting to maximise life. People are embracing self growth, self improvement and self help like never before. Hence, the growth in Yoga, Ayurveda, life coaching, healing processes, sustainable lifestyle, etc. This whole movement towards self growth begs the question, “What is self growth for?” People are likely to say, being strong and healthy, being productive, contributing to the family, caring for others, maximizing our potential, the cultivation of peace and balance. The next question, is, “...until when?” “Is self growth a goal to be reached or is it a moving goalpost?” It seems like a moving goalpost which always leaves us dissatisfied. Why? Because we expect the goal to offer complete fulfillment. No matter how much you improve in your communication, you could always do better. No matter how much you improve in your flexibility, alignment and balance in the asanas, you could always do better. No matter how much you are doing in 24

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your job, surely you could always read more and pick up one or two more skills. Ironically, all our attempts at self growth and self improvement are attempts to be free from growth and improvement! We want to reach a stage when we are totally acceptable to ourselves and hopefully to the world. We are expecting our finite attempts at self growth to result in a final stage of abiding in a state that is always happy, a state that has no limits, no boundaries. The Vedic tradition reveals that no matter how much self growth is there in the many areas of my life, I am still a ‘wanting’ person. The goal post of self improvement may change, but the wanting person I am. If the ‘I want’ continues as the background music in my life, I will always be dissatisfied. In the times that the drone of ‘I want’ resolves we are happy. And then we hear a statement that resonates with everyone – “This is only what I do. Inside I am much more.” Guess who said this... Spiderman! We instinctively see that we are much more than all our attempts at self growth. All wellness programmes and


by Swamini Brahmaprajnananda Saraswati processes of self growth focus on the person being the subject and hence in charge of his/her life, mastering emotions, managing productivity, having harmonious relationships. There are also times when the person is the object of other people’s actions towards him/her. Being laid off from the company, the partner seeking a divorce, appreciation from seniors actions by others towards us make us an object of their actions. There is a constant shift between the status of being a subject and object. Even the whole world of wellness treats you as the subject and the object. You assume the identity of being the subject (karta) with respect to your actions and hence there are many judgments, culminating in ‘I am not good enough’. Or you assume the identity of being the object (bhokta) with respect to other’s actions towards you and hence the judgments, culminating in ‘They are not good enough’. As long as these judgments continue, there is no respite from self inadequacy and sorrow. We either choose to become a ‘bhogi’ – seeking experiences of pleasure or a ‘yogi’ – seeking experiences of Samadhi and yoga benefits. Vedanta is different. It is a means of knowledge that deals with realities. The Bhagavad Gita, a

dialogue between the teacher and student is a reflection of the Upanishads (the end portion of the Vedas and hence Vedanta). It is a means of knowledge revealing that you are neither the subject nor the object. In fact, you are the limitless reality that is unchanging, a reality that cannot be negated. The Vedic tradition offers us a profound understanding of self growth and self discovery. While self growth is a matter of degree, self discovery is a matter of seeing that you are limitless being. While self growth is a matter of effort, self discovery is a matter of understanding. Which is better? The question itself is not valid. Adequate self growth helps us to glide into self discovery as you learn with a guru and assimilate the vision of yourself in the light of Vedanta. The qualities of self growth are referred to as adhikaritvam, preparedness. To see the vision, how much self growth do we need? Just enough self growth until we can see who we really are – pure limitless being having human experiences! The uniqueness of the World Yoga Festival is that it offers opportunities for both self growth and self discovery. www.discoveratma.com World Yoga Festival 2019 - Official Programme

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THURSDAY TIMETABLE

Thursday 18th July 2019 Time

Space Tent

17.00 – 17.30

Air Tent

Fire Tent

Gates Open to All Ticket Holders

Water Tent

17.30 – 18.00 18.00 – 18.30

18 : 30

18 : 30

18 : 30

18 : 30

18.30 – 19.00

Jo Nimrita Shakti Dance & Kundalini

19.00 - 19.30 19.30 – 20.00 20.00 – 20.30 20.30 – 21.00 21.00 – 21.30 21.30 – 22.00

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20 : 00

20 : 00

Dr. Hansaji Yogendra

Four attitudes in Life - Bhavas 20 : 00

Kailash Sivananda Yoga 20 : 00

Welcome Ceremony Followed by

Lucinda Drayton 17:00 - 18:00 (Chai Tent)

18:00 - 18:30 (Lakeside)

Meet the festival team

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FRIDAY TIMETABLE Friday 19th July 2019 Time 6.00 – 6.30 6.30 – 7.00 7.00 – 7.30 7.30 – 8.00 8.00 – 8.30 8.30 – 9.00 9.00 – 9.30 9.30 – 10.00 10.00 – 10.30 10.30 – 11.00 11.00 – 11.30 11.30 – 12.00 12.00 – 12.30 12.30 – 13.00 13.00 – 13.30 13.30 - 14.00 14.00 – 14.30 14.30 – 15.00 15.00 – 15.30 15.30 – 16.00 16.00 – 16.30 16.30 – 17.00 17.00 – 17.30 17.30 – 18.00 18.00 – 18.30 18.30 – 19.00 19.00 - 19.30 19.30 – 20.00 20.00 – 20.30 20.30 – 21.00 21.00 – 21.30 21.30 – 22.00

Other Activities

Air Tent

Space Tent 7 : 00

Garth Mclean

Iyengar masterclass 1 9 : 00

7 : 00

Dr. Hansaji Yogendra

Relevance of Patanjali Yoga Sutras in modern life 9 : 00

9 : 30

Kamal Singh

Astanga masterclass 1 13 : 00

7 : 00

8 : 00

Lucy Crisfield - Yoga Sutras 9 : 00

9 : 30

Dr. Omanand

Sw. Ambikananda

Session 1 11 : 00

11 : 00

11 : 00

11 : 30

Dr. Ananda

Ayurveda masterclass 1

14 : 00

Sound journey 1 15 : 30

16 : 00

Garth Mclean

15 : 30

Ram Vakkalanka Session 1 17 : 30

Vijay Gopala

18 : 00

Session 1 19 : 00

Kirtaniyas

Kirtan Concert 15:30 - 16:30 (Chai Tent)

Angela Hope-Murray

Ayurveda and Modern Nutrition

Session 1 15 : 00

15 : 30

Sw. Brahmaprajnananda Session 1

17 : 00

Iyengar masterclass 2

20 : 00

Sw. Svatmananda

15 : 00

Key:

10 : 00

Joanna Nye

13 : 00

13 : 30

Dr. Parthasharathy

Jo Nimrita

Beginners Yoga

13 : 00

Ayurveda masterclass 2

8 : 30

Mary Niker

Session 1

13 : 00

7 : 00

Sandra Barnes

11 : 30

11 : 30

Dr. Parthasharathy 13 : 30

Sika Deer

Water Tent

Nick Edge - Befriending the mind

9 : 30

Sw. Sarvapriyananda Session 1 11 : 30

Fire Tent

17 : 00

17 : 30

Sw. Brahmavidananda Session 1 19 : 00

Luci Trendle 14 : 30

Marc Acquaviva 16 : 00

Jnandev 17 : 30

Joe Hoare

Laughter Yoga 19 : 00

Advaita Vedanta (Non-Dual Teaching)

Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound)

Sound Therapy

Asana (postures) and Pranayama (Breath control)

Meditation

Yoga Philosophy

Ayurveda (knowledge of life and longevity)

17:30 - 19:00 (Chai Tent)

Kimberley Soni Ayurvedic Cooking 1

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19:00 (Lakeside)

Joe May (Mr. Wow) Bubble Show

15 Minute Changeover 22:00 (Water Tent)

Sandra Barnes Yoga Nidra & Sound bath

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SATURDAY TIMETABLE Saturday 20th July 2019 Time 6.00 – 6.30 6.30 – 7.00 7.00 – 7.30 7.30 – 8.00 8.00 – 8.30 8.30 – 9.00 9.00 – 9.30 9.30 – 10.00 10.00 – 10.30 10.30 – 11.00 11.00 – 11.30 11.30 – 12.00 12.00 – 12.30 12.30 – 13.00 13.00 – 13.30 13.30 - 14.00 14.00 – 14.30 14.30 – 15.00 15.00 – 15.30 15.30 – 16.00 16.00 – 16.30 16.30 – 17.00 17.00 – 17.30 17.30 – 18.00 18.00 – 18.30 18.30 – 19.00 19.00 - 19.30 19.30 – 20.00 20.00 – 20.30 19.30 – 20.00 21.00 – 21.30 21.30 – 22.00

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Space Tent 7 : 00

Garth McLean

Iyengar masterclass 3 9 : 00

Air Tent

Fire Tent

7 : 00

7 : 00

Andy Curtis & Michael Hutchinson 9 : 00

9 : 30

9 : 30

12 : 00

Nikki Slade Kirtan 13 : 30

14 : 00

Sheila Whittaker Gong session 1 15 : 30

16 : 00

Garth McLean

Dr. Parthasharathy

Ayurveda masterclass 3

11 : 30

Sw. Brahmaprajnananda Session 2 13 : 00

Dr. Parthasharathy

Ayurveda masterclass 4

Sw. Brahmavidananda Session 2

15 : 00

15 : 00

15 : 30

15 : 30

Ram Vakkalanka

Ram Banerjee

Session 2

Session 1 17 : 00

17 : 00

17 : 30

17 : 30

Vijay Gopala

Sw. Svatmananda Session 2

19 : 00

20 : 00

14:00 - 15:00 (Chai Tent)

Abbie James My natural menopause

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Mary Niker

Beginners Yoga 13 : 00

13 : 30

Session 2

Bharatanatyam Dance by Vibha Selvaratnam followed by Manish Vyas & Band

Vikki Phillpott

11 : 00

13 : 30

18 : 00

10 : 00

Session 2

13 : 00

Iyengar masterclass 4

108 Sun Salutations

9 : 30

11 : 00 11 : 30

8 : 30

Dr. Ananda

Session 2

11 : 00

Joanna Nye

9 : 00

Dr. Omanand

Session 2

7 : 00

Deepika Hatha Yoga

KYM Pranayama and Chanting

Sw. Sarvapriyananda

Water Tent

19 : 00

Sandra Barnes 14 : 30

Laura Finch 16 : 00

Debbie Farrar 17 : 30

Kamal Singh

Astanga masterclass 2 19 : 00

Advaita Vedanta (Non-Dual Teaching)

Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound)

Sound Therapy

Asana (postures) and Pranayama (Breath control)

Meditation

Yoga Philosophy

Ayurveda (knowledge of life and longevity)

15:30 - 16:30 (Chai Tent)

Trish Tucker May Life changing Nutrition

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17:30 - 19:00 (Chai Tent)

Kimberley Soni Ayurvedic Cooking 2

15 Minute Changeover 22:00 (Water Tent)

Sandra Barnes Exploring Our Inner Oceans


SUNDAY TIMETABLE Sunday 21st July 2019 Time

6.00 – 6.30 6.30 – 7.00 7.00 – 7.30 7.30 – 8.00 8.00 – 8.30 8.30 – 9.00 9.00 – 9.30 9.30 – 10.00 10.00 – 10.30 10.30 – 11.00 11.00 – 11.30 11.30 – 12.00 12.00 – 12.30 12.30 – 13.00 13.00 – 13.30 13.30 - 14.00 14.00 – 14.30 14.30 – 15.00 15.00 – 15.30 15.30 – 16.00 16.00 – 16.30 16.30 – 17.00 17.00 – 17.30 17.30 – 18.00 18.00 – 18.30 18.30 – 19.00 19.00 - 19.30 19.30 – 20.00 20.00 – 20.30 20.30 – 21.00 21.00 – 21.30 21.30 – 22.00

Other Activities

Air Tent

Space Tent 7 : 00

Garth McLean

Iyengar masterclass 5 9 : 00

7 : 00

Andy Curtis & Helen Macpherson

Fire Tent 7 : 00

Nick Edge - Befriending the mind 8 : 00

KYM Pranayama and Chanting Lucy Crisfield - Yoga Sutras

9 : 30

Kamal Singh

9 : 00

9 : 00

9: 30

9 : 30

Dr. Omanand

Astanga masterclass 3

Ram Banerjee

Session 3

11 : 00

Session 2 11 : 00

11 : 00

11 : 30

12 : 00

Ayurveda masterclass 5

13 : 30

13 : 30

14 : 00

Sheila Whittaker Gong session 2 15 : 30

16 : 00

Garth McLean

11 : 30

Dr. Parthasharathy

Sika Deer

Sound journey 2

15 : 30

Ram Vakkalanka Session 3

Sw. Svatmananda Session 3 15 : 00

17 : 30

Vijay Gopala

18 : 00

Session 3

14:00 - 15:00 (Chai Tent)

Phillip Sweeney Hemp - the seed of life

Session 3 17 : 00

17 : 30

Sw. Brahmavidananda Session 3

19 : 00

19 : 30

Closing20Ceremony : 00

15 : 30

Sw. Brahmaprajnananda

17 : 00

Key:

Kate Morsley 10 : 00

Laura Finch

13 : 00

13 : 30

15 : 00

8 : 30

Beginners Yoga 3

13 : 00

Ayurveda masterclass 6

Luci Trendle

11 : 30

Session 3

Dr. Parthasharathy

7 : 00

Rachel Lovegrove

Dr. Ananda

13 : 00

Iyengar masterclass 6

Indian Classical Dance by Ragasudha followed by Adrian Atma and his Music

Water Tent

Vikki Philpott 14 : 30

Joe Hoare Laughter Yoga 16 : 00

Debbie Farrar 17 : 30

Marc Acquaviva 19 : 00

19 : 00

Advaita Vedanta (Non-Dual Teaching)

Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound)

Sound Therapy

Asana (postures) and Pranayama (Breath control)

Meditation

Yoga Philosophy

Ayurveda (knowledge of life and longevity)

15:30 - 16:30 (Chai Tent)

Trish Tucker May Nutrition for self-care

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17:30 - 19:00 (Chai Tent)

Kimberley Soni Ayurvedic Cooking 3

15 Minute Changeover 19:00 (Lakeside)

Joe May (Mr. Wow) Bubble Show

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ENTERTAINMENT

Lucinda Drayton’s music has accompanied some of the best spiritual teachers across the globe - if you have ever attended a yoga class, if you are a meditator or have ever received healing, the chances are that you will have heard Lucinda Drayton of Bliss. It is profoundly powerful music that changes the atmosphere and opens hearts. As a Rai Yoga practitioner herself, Lucinda has the ability to sing whilst within the aura of yoga and take the audience on a spiritual journey. Reconnecting with the authentic self and touching the divine. Lucinda is also a consummate musician, performing since the age of 15 in venues as diverse as Wandsworth Prison to Wembley Stadium. She will be accompanied by her partner, top London session musician Marcus Cliffe. He has played with many of the great artists including Al Green, Marc Knopfler The Manfreds and Emmylou Harris. Marcus has also created music for many films produced the music for Lucinda’s last 5 albums. 30

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Kirtaniyas are a global collective of energetic, multitalented artists based in California, USA. These twenty-somethings grew up in a Vedic culture of song, dance, philosophy and devotion between ashrams and temples both in India and the western world. Vijay Krsna, band leader, studied devotional Indian folk music known as “Kirtan” in the sacred village of Vrindavana, India. This rare traditional art form is an ancient call-and-response mantra chanting practice, that originated in the Indian subcontinent over 5000 years ago. Joined together with the musically gifted Sarasvati, soulful vocalist Rasika and drummer Nitai, Vijay formed the Kirtaniyas in 2009. They have since travelled the world to over 15 countries infusing new life to these ancient chants with youthful spirit and energy.

Adrian Atma performs incredible solos with a loop station, acoustic instruments, beatbox, and voice. He plays guitar, sitar, violin, bansuri, and duduk. Adrian can be called a real “One-Man-Orchestra”. His creativity and inspirations are connected to Indian music, Gypsy style and sounds from the Middle East. Originally from France, Adrian has been traveling all over the world for several years and got inspired by different kinds of traditional music. Being a yogi and adept of meditation his music is infused by his practice. “Not only music, it’s a journey toward inside.”


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Nikki Slade is a leading pioneer in the field of chanting, core voice and sound work in the UK. Nikki has inspired thousands of individuals to chant and has led chanting workshops for many corporations including M&C Saatchi, Deutcshe Bank and Cisco. She has also taken her cutting edge approach to working with the voice into Wandsworth men’s prison and she is the resident voice facilitator at the Priory hospital in North London where she has impacted the recovery of hundreds of addicts over the past 13 years.

Manish Vyas is a composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Having learnt Indian music since his childhood with respected Indian Maestros, his music reflects the deep feeling of an ancient mystical India, touching the heart of the listener. The feeling behind his music is that of joy, meditation and silence. The range that him and his band cover through vocals and Indian instruments gives raise to different flavours: from devotional prayers, mantras, and songs of love; raising up the rhythm to Kirtan music, followed by uplifting dancecelebration music – to finally return to the meditative shanti (peaceful) music. In this way, covering the whole range of emotions through the musical expression: a reflection of a balanced life: going outwards and coming back inwards. Manish is one of the few authentic kirtan and mantra singers who has the true deep understanding of Indian music and keeps its authenticity most gracefully, with true respect to Indian music.

Sika Deer leapt into the UK music scene over 20 years ago, emerging at the forefront of tribal music in the 80’s, and was immediately recognized as a gifted Didjeridoo player. Through merging ancient and contemporary instruments, Sika’s music crosses the lines between world, ambient dance and acoustic trance, with a deep sense of reverence. His instrument bundle includes the Didjeridoo, Taos Drum, Shells, Ocarinas, Rattles and Shakers, Hoop Drums, Native American Flutes, as well as synths and electronica. Sika’s life is based on the medicine wheel teachings, emphasising that we are here to walk in balance and beauty within ourselves and nature. In his shows and concerts, Sika shares anecdotes and stories based on personal experiences, plus a wealth of information, facts and wisdom relating to the instruments and the cultures they originated from.

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Ragasudha Vinjamuri has learnt dance under the tutelage of Guru Dr Umarama Rao in Hyderabad. She is Associate Lecturer at the University of Sunderland in London and has performed across the UK at different venues and occasions, including at Resurgence, Festival of Well-Being at Bishopsgate Institute, India Centre in Wales, Consulate General of Birmingham, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Nehru Centre, Houses of British Parliament and at the European Parliament in Brussels. She has been using dance for environmental advocacy and raising social conscience, and has distinction of presenting dance on niche themes. Her name has been entered into the Limca Book of Records 2018 in the Performing Arts chapter.

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Vibha Selvaratnam trained in Bharatanatyam from a very early age from her mother Kiran Ratna. Her outstanding talent has propelled her onto the international dance scene. She is regularly invited to perform at the NADA Nrityotsava at the VRC Academy of Music & Dance in India as well as performing throughout the UK. She has been highly praised for the choreographic innovation shown in her works such as Nayika and experimental collaborations with The Fusion Project. Vibha has cochoreographed and performed in many productions with India Dance Wales, most recently taking the lead role in the dance drama “Shakuntala”. She heads India Dance South West (a branch of India Dance Wales est. in 1993) and continues to choreograph and perform regularly and is involved with collaborations to explore her art form further.

Joe May (aka Mr Wow) creates an original style of street-theatre performance, where a character moves beyond just tricks. He uses mask, physical theatre, clown, mime, juggling and acrobatic/physical tricks to tell stories, creating play and laughter as well as a deeper human recognition. The Mr WOW show is exactly what it says. This bendy foolish chameleon like clown loves anything that makes him “WOW”! Highly infectious and ridiculous.


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Emma Checksfield been singing for as long as she can remember and playing the acoustic guitar for 25 years. She spent many years performing in duos in the sea-shanty town of Deal, on the south east coast; her home town. Her influences range from the Celtic sounds of Cara Dillon and Fairground Attraction’s Eddi Reader to the beautiful mantras of Snatam Kaur and Deva Premal. A trip to Amma’s Ashram in Amritapuri, India led her to a temple one evening where women were chanting by candlelight, and her love of Bhakti yoga was born. She now shares this with two friends in offering kirtan on a monthly basis in her small town in Warwickshire.

Ortus are an instrumental acoustic duo featuring twin brothers Dan and Tom Digweed on acoustic and lap slide guitar. With influences encompassing traditional and modern folk artists, rock, world music and ambient stylings, Ortus draws on these inspirations to create a sound that possesses intensity, yet with a sense of stillness. Based in Newbury and having played with various local musicians of the area, Ortus are currently working on producing their first EP.

Joe Hicks was raised in the rural market town of Newbury. The English singersongwriter blends pop, blues and folk influences, combining intricate guitar composition with classic pop song-craft. Picking up the guitar at the age of 8, Joe has been able to build a highly individual musical identity, spending his earlier years as a guitar player in numerous varied stylistic projects following a childhood of classical training. Hicks released his first solo single at the start of 2017 and soon after was made ‘BBC Introducing Artist of the Week’, receiving extensive radio play across the U.K and a CLASH feature. Since then the songwriter has built up a sizeable online following (+600K Spotify streams) and 2018 saw him support BRITS critics choice winner Sam Fender in Oxford, play a slot on the BBC Introducing stage at the Big Feastival and over 15 Sofar Sounds shows. 2019 has seen him release single ‘Cold’ and perform in Germany for the first time.

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USEFUL INFORMATION Medical & Welfare Please find a steward for help or visit the First Aid Centre in the Information Tent. Stewards For assistance, please ask anyone in an orange World Yoga Festival T-shirt. Food & Drink Food/drink is provided by different food outlets in the main area and Chai Tent. All food is 100% vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free options also available. Please inform the servers if you have any food allergies. World Yoga Festival does not sell alcohol anywhere on-site. Please remember to keep hydrated throughout the day. Recycling All bins accept recylable items which are sorted and recycled off-site - 100% is recycled and nothing goes to landfill. Mobile Phone Charging Subject to availability, limited mobile phone charging is available from the Box Office for a fee. Toilets & Showers Toilets are situated in all arena and camping areas. Shower facilities are situated in the Camping area. Valuables Please look after your valuables. The festival cannot take any responsibility for lost/stolen items. Cash Cash is available to withdraw from the Box Office for a fee (limited availability). 34

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Swimming Swimming in the lake is entirely at your own risk and may be dangerous. Sharp rocks/stones/ shellfish may cause injury. Dogs/Pets With the exception of assistance dogs, animals are not permitted onto the festival site. Lost Property Please visit the Information Tent for lost property. Train Times The nearest train station is Pangbourne, and the last train for London leaves at 23.36 on Friday, 23.00 on Saturday and 22.39 on Sunday. Please visit the Information Tent for more details. Local Taxi Numbers Southcote Taxi (AAA Cars): 0118 950 4030 Pang Valley Private Hire: 0118 984 1000 Chrissie’s Cabs: 01491 682412 Murdocks Taxi: 01491 872029 Shuttle Service A minivan shuttle service will operate at the following peak times between Pangbourne train station and the festival site for a donation of £2 per journey. Please visit the Information Tent for more details. Thursday: 5pm - 9pm Friday: 8am - 11am and 6pm - 10pm Saturday: 8am - 11am and 6pm - 10pm Sunday: 8am - 11am and 6pm - 10pm Leaving The Site Please leave no trace when vacating the campsite.


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Some Core Concepts Of The Gitananda Yoga Tradition In modern times when the grandest art and science of Yoga has been often reduced to a skeletal manifestation of mere physical postures with a little breath manipulation and some so called meditation, Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri’s contribution to the development of Yoga in the past century and his codification of these ancient teachings in a modern scientific manner is unparalleled. Pujya Swamiji’s teachings like him are huge and are seemly never ending in their depth and multidimensional manifestation. This short article presents some core concepts that are unique to this living tradition, now known worldwide as Gitananda Yoga or Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga tradition. 1. YOGA IS A WAY OF LIFE Yoga is not something you do but a way of life to be lived 60/60/24/7/365/x. It is the conscious transformation from a state of “doing” to a state of “being”. This requires immense introspection, consciousness, awareness, dedication and determination. Many will exclaim that this is easy to say and tough to do but Swamiji has “walked his talk” and showed us how to do it by his magnificent example and it is now unto us to follow him. 2. CREATE GURUS NOT FOLLOWERS Swamiji never desired huge numbers of students, a multitude of ashrams, name, fame or a vast organizational empire. All that mattered to him was the growth of the student and he aimed to help manifest their inherent potential even if they later hated him for it! Each and every one of Swamiji’s students became “the best” they could have been in this lifetime. Each one of them

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is truly an individual and Swamiji brought out the best in each one. No stereotyping or mass mould production at all. In fact, I would venture to say that Swamiji made them all so aware of their inherent Divine nature that many a time they actually forgot him!! 3. BREATH IS LIFE Though there has been some interest in Pranayama in recent times, no other system seems to even come close to Swamiji in terms of the vast repertoire and depth of his Pranayama teachings. He was truly a grand master of this intricate and detailed science of subtle energy. In this tradition, great emphasis is placed on learning how to breathe properly and the students start with the Vibhagha Pranayama and then step-bystep build up towards the knowledge and practice of more than 120 intricate Pranayamas. All of this is done so that Prana, that vital cosmic catalyst may naturally fill each and every one of our trillions of cells with life and light. 4. NO OPTION YOGA Swamiji termed Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga as the “No Option Yoga” and placed great importance on a deep understanding of the Yamas and Niyamas which are the firm foundation upon which the real Yoga life can be built. “You wouldn’t build a colossal building without a foundation but you want to do it with Yoga?” he would ask numerous easy going aspirants who wanted some ‘quick fix’ Yoga. 5. STEP-BY-STEP APPROACH Every aspect of Swamiji’s teachings follows a step-by-step, structured approach that is

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easy to follow, detailed and methodical. Emphasis is placed on learning and re-learning the proceeding steps until the teachings are well digested, before proceeding any further on the path. “No shortcuts please” was his constant refrain for it is always better to be slow and steady, than fast and sorry. Great emphasis is placed on growing into the practice rather then forcing oneself into it thus enabling growth to occur at all levels. This is one of the reasons why the use of props and other contraptions that have made modern Yoga so costly today have never been part of this tradition. 6. LOVE FOR INDIAN CULTURE One of the major issues facing Yoga in the West is the fact that Yoga has been cleaved away from Indian Culture (Sanathana Dharma). Without an understanding of the Indian (Hindu) culture and the way of life from which Yoga originated, it is very difficult to find answers for many questions confronting the sincere seeker. Swamiji tried to inculcate in his students a deep love and understanding of the ancient living culture from which Yoga has sprung. Our most loving Ammaji has continued by enriching this tradition by her unique contribution to the cultural renaissance nationally and internationally. 7. BOUNTIFUL PRACTICES Scores and scores of practices and techniques are part of this tradition that has numerous Hatha, Laya and Jnana Yoga practices for the sincere aspirant. Polarity practices and the Mantra Laya deserve special mention as also the Laya Yoga Kriyas. To the best of my knowledge, the intricate and in-depth understanding of the twelve Chakras, Nadis and Bindus


by Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani etc gleamed from the Dakshina Marga Tantra tradition of Yogamaharishi Swami Kanakananda Brighu is not found elsewhere. Each of these practices and concepts have multiple levels for the sincere seeker and those who have gone deep into them understand that they are not mere playthings at all, for they are indeed very powerful and life transforming. 8. YANTRA, IN TUNE WITH NATURE In this Paramparai there are three important sciences, namely Mantra, Yantra and Tantra. Yantra is the mystical science of number, name and form and is a method by which one can live to learn “in tune” with the cycles of the universe rather than be “off tune” with those very cycles. According to the Yantric concept as taught by Swamiji each number has a special quality to it and is not merely a measure of quantity as is usually presumed. Every aspect of life goes through a phase of Nines. This phase may be nine years, nine months, nine weeks or even nine days. This concept can be further extended both ways to go up to nine milliseconds on one hand and nine lifetimes on the other. 9. MUDRAS, DIVINE COMMUNICATION One of the main features of the Gitananda tradition is the detailed exposition and understanding of Mudra, the ancient Yogic art and science of gesturing and sealing vital Pranic energies. These advanced techniques designed to improve neuromuscular co-ordination, culture human emotions and still the restless mind are a means of non-verbal communication that is subtle and refined. They enable us to communicate intra-personally with our inner self, interpersonally with others and trans-per-

sonally with the Divine. The Oli Mudra teachings as well as the usage of Hastha Mudras in the Vibhagha and Pranava Pranayamas are unique to this tradition. Pujya Swamiji was in tune with the Akashic record (the cosmic living storehouse of wisdom) as there is no other way one can explain the phenomenal and limitless knowledge and wisdom that sprouted forth through his eloquent roar of truth. “Health and happiness are your birthright, claim them and develop them to your maximum potential as you evolve towards liberation”. This message of Swamiji is a firm reminder that the goal of human existence is not health and happiness but is Moksha (liberation). Most people today are so busy trying to find health and happiness that they forget why they are here in the first place. The art and science of Yoga truly helps us regain our birthrights and attain the goal of human life. May we always be worthy of these great teachings and may his blessings always be with us as we traverse the e volutionary path he envisioned for us. Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani (MBBS, MD [AM], FIAY, C-IAYT, DSc [Yoga]) is Director CYTER of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth and Chairman ICYER at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, India. www.sbvu.ac.in | www.icyer.com

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Is Yoga A Science? by Swami Ambikananda Science is the new religion and scientists the new priesthood ~ which might be why Yogins are rushing to assure us that Yoga is a science. Those who make this claim usually go to the Latin source of the word science: scientia ~ ‘to know’. Is that not what Yoga is: ‘to know’? We are familiar with one concept of knowledge in Yoga: jñāna. It appears no less than 18 times in the Patañjali Yoga Sūtra-s. However, it is important to understand ~ as the sage pointed out ~ that jñāna stands for all kinds of ‘knowing’ or cognition ~ irrespective of whether they are true or false. For example, at one time in our history we absolutely knew that the earth was flat ~ it was jñāna, ‘a knowledge’ ~ and we held onto that until we absolutely ‘knew’ it wasn’t! Since the 17th century the scientific method adopted in the exploration of our physical and natural world has required rigorous procedures of systematic observation and measurement of 42

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an object by a subject. Such measurement tests every hypothesis and requires repeatable demonstration of its conclusions. This is ‘science’ and ‘scientifically demonstrable’ reality. Thus, wonderfully, courageously even ~ science remains well within the boundaries of thought! However, the Sage Patañjali pointed us to another kind of knowledge, the knowledge the Yogin seeks: pramā or prajña ~ knowledge that is unchanging ~ because that which knows and the act of knowing (pramāna) are one. The way to pramāna is through jñāna, but we can see how tricky it is. Perhaps that is why Yama ~ the first teacher of Yoga ~ called it ‘the razor’s edge’ in the Katha Upanishad. Yoga too is a search, a questioning about our being and Being, about our essential reality, but unlike science, Yoga is the continuous reaching for the limitless beyond the limits imposed by measurement. Yoga

has always held that knowing this ‘more’ requires a state of consciousness beyond thought. “Yogaś-citta-vrtti-nirodhah” the Sage Patañjali says in his second sutra as he defines Yoga: “Yoga is the stilling of the movement of thought”. Patañjali, in his Sūtra-s is pointing us to a much greater ~ and deeper ~ reality that is beyond the measurable, that was before science and that will never be proved or disproved by measurement. A reality that we experience when subject and object are no longer our reality because all division has ceased “and wholeness ~ which is holiness”* ~ is restored. Swami Ambikananda Saraswati www. TraditionalYoga.org Reference: * Swami Venkatesanandaji


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The Case For Choosing Organic Food And Ayurveda Ayurveda places nutrition at the heart of its methodologies for the optimization of life and longevity. If we are to take health seriously one of our first considerations should be our diet. With this in mind in 2018 the WHO stated that “pesticides are potentially toxic to humans and can have both acute and chronic health effects depending on the quantity and ways in which a person is exposed.” This article speaks to the current farming methods, which use pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and fungicides and are causing the accumulation of such substances in our bodies and are creating toxic residues that are known as ama in Ayurveda. According to Vagbhata a well-respected Ayurvedic physician from Sindh province in the sixth century stated that ama can be defined as “The first dhatu (rasa) which by weakness of (digestive fire) remaining uncooked and vitiated accumulates in the stomach and small intestine is known as ama”. The signs and symptoms of ama in the system are clogging of the channels, a sense of heaviness, lack of energy, restlessness, indigestion, congestion, accumulation of the 3 wastes products of the body, (which are faeces, urine and sweat), a loss of taste and sexual debility. Mental ama on the other hand is created by unexpressed emotions, which is less relevant to the topic although frustration about the quality of our food may add this dimension. When Agni, the energetic force behind all activity in the body is disturbed a process known as pathogenesis, which is the manner of formation of a disease begins to take place. If a channel or a tissue element known as a dhatu has impaired Agni then ama

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can accumulate at the site. This leads to the onset in our bodies of generalized symptoms, which have just been described above. Robust health is possible when Agni’s qualities are optimally is hot, sharp, dry and subtle. This can be ensured, first and foremost, by consuming fresh, nutritionally rich, warm and cooked food. Nutrition that has had minimum exposure to artificial processing, pesticides and herbicides as these will diminish the digestive fire and block the srotas or channels of the body. The number of scientific studies supporting the consumption of organic food for the maintence of good health increases every year. Only last month the Centre of Research in Epidemiology and Statistics in Paris looked at data from 70,000 French adults and concluded that the rates of post menopausal breast cancer were 21% less likely and the incidence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was 73% lower in those whose dietary intake consisted of mostly organic food. It also suggested that “because of the lower exposure to pesticide residues it can be hypothesised that organic food consumers may have a lower risk of developing cancer.” Ayurveda teaches us that taste of food is as nutritious as the substance we are eating, when you consciously select the appropriate tastes in your activity, drink medicine and food you will become more satisfied and happy resulting in an overall sweetness in your life. The Sanskrit word for flavour thoroughly embraces this concept of taste and is known as Rasa, Monier-Williams dictionary informs us in that the root is ‘ra’, which means to feel, perceive, taste, relish to love and desire. Then when added to the suffix ‘sa’ the meaning extends to encompass the best part of anything, any liquid, primary juice called chyle, the prevailing sentiment in human character, disposition of the heart

or mind, religious sentiment, pleasure and desire. It goes on to describe six flavours of which there are 63 combinations besides the original ones. It would seem that in our world of factory produced processed food that this fuller definition of flavour needs to be embraced to give us full satisfaction from our daily intake of food. Underuse of the sense of taste is one of the causes of disease mentioned in Ayurveda, it can be attributed to a number of causes namely, pesticide contamination, where residues on food are becoming a widespread problem and involves drinking water, meat, fish, vegetables and milk. Those using them and manufacturing them are at greatest risk but others in the general population are also affected, these substances include organo-phosphates, organo-chloride and Carbamate pesticides all of which can cause neurological problems. Pesticide exposure has been associated with persistent bitter and metallic tastes in the mouth. Zinc deficient soils are also related to widespread organo-phosphate use, which incidentally, leads to loss of taste in the mouth anosmia. So what are the benefits of eating organic food? There is still an argument on both sides of the situation which is mainly based on a meta-analysis published in 2012 by Stanford University, which supported the idea that there in no difference in the nutrient content of organically grown food and food stuff produced in the conventional way. What was highlighted in their investigations was the fact that organic food was free of pesticide residues and antibiotic resistant bacteria. Now lets look at one of the main culprits in the chemical realm called Roundup/ Glyphosate. It is a powerful herbicide, which


by Angela Hope-Murray blocks the Shikimic metabolic pathway that is the only growth route for plants, killing 99% of known flora. This is why when you walk in the arable farmland now the land is sterile supporting only monoculture. Inadvertently leading to the diminution of the biodiversity of both flora and fauna. Roundup ready accounts for most of the GMO species of crops and allows for these crops to be sprayed many times during their growing period suppressing all weed growth without harm to the plant. So why doesn’t it affect animals and humans? The reason is that we utilise the metabolic pathway known as Mevalonic system which it is unaffected by glyphosate. So here we come to the crux of the matter in that Glyphosate was developed and patented as an antibiotic thus it kills bacteria. So it not only kills beneficial bacteria but it also kills our gut symbiotic bacteria, which makes up most of our immune systems. Further, Glyphosate is a strong mineral chelator and it binds minerals rendering them unavailable for absorption by our bodies. In the old days you would have said wash the vegetables before use but because the herbicide is systemic this option is not available for protection.Before we leave this subject other harmful effects, which have been recorded in the utilization of this substance, are that it can influence breast tissue by damaging oestrogen receptors, alters genetic oestrogen regulated gene expression, depletion of several amino-acids, inhibition of liver P450 enzyme giving reduced ability to detoxify. This all results in a build up of ama in the system and could be part of the reason for the recent explosion of autoimmune conditions and allergies. Alongside, the use of Dichlorophenols, which are substances used in pesticides and chlorinated water.

So what are the potential benefits or eating organic food? It appears that the level of polyphenols is significantly higher than chemically sprayed ones. There appear to be greater concentrations of anthocyanins, flavonols, flavones phenolic acids and stilbenes in organic produce. These are plant-based anti-oxidants, which have been linked to the reduction of a number of diseases and an inhibition of the aging process by protecting the body from free-radical damage. A study in 2007 by Risk et al. suggests that after adjusting for diet and lifestyle factors that the content of rumenic acid, which is a congegated linoleic acid found in cow’s milk (that has been linked to the suppression of coronary heart disease and some cancers) is significantly higher in lactating women who consumed an organic diet. Finally, is the most important reason for adopting this way of eating is the effect that organic farming has on bio diversity of the environment and especially since the fact that the soil is home to 25% of the species living on the planet. Sterile soil gives us plants, which are low in trace minerals, the water holding capacity is much reduced and there is increased chance of flooding. That in turn increases the need for irrigation. While run–off from fertiliser causes an algal bloom, depleting oxygen and killing fish. I will look at strategies for managing the situation in my festival talk but you could make a start by growing your own vegetables, even herbs in a window box would be a start whilst remembering that we are nature not separate from it and that the environment is crying out for love.

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