with Dyana Wells
Dyana brings 30 years of investigation and teaching in Buddhist Philosophy, Yoga, Somatics, Kum Nye, and Anatomy & Physiology to her classes.
Dyana’s new home is Raglan. She will continue to share her deep commitment to the human journey, and support others in their desire to live from a good heart in the midst of daily activity.
Open Ground classes will begin on Tuesday 30 June
During the Tuesday and Thursday sessions we will look at how to:
increase your strength, fitness and vitality
cultivate awareness, concentration and enthusiasm
free yourself from unwanted tension and confusion
enjoy a full, more creative life
Exercises to increase freedom and vitality, based on neuromuscular insights into brain plasticity.
A Tibetan Yoga which works directly with the energy body through slow movement and meditation.
We make friends with our heart/minds by paying attention. Change is then possible.
Buddhist and Yoga Philosophy
How we understand our lives is reflected in how well we live them.
Meditating on the Body
A very good place to start meditating is with the body. We begin by coming close to the body, settling into the sensations, feelings, allowing the mind to soften and settle, allowing the mind to become focused and spacious. Progressing in this way we then turn our attention to the emotions, and thoughts, and finally of the nature of mind itself.
Through creative visualisation we discover the aspects of ourselves that can nurture and support us in times of difficulty. Humans have a tendency to focus and exaggerate the negative. Creative visualisation taps into deeper, more positive aspects of self to bring us back into balance.
Through meditation we bring to consciousness parts of ourselves that have been forgotten, pushed away, never known. We come to know ourselves in a much richer way, giving us choices about how we are in different circumstances. What we are conscious of, we can change. Meditation speeds up growth and enables us to transform suffering into wisdom.
Embrace our Humanness
Through meditation we discover new ways to embrace our humanness. We discover that happiness is readily available when we can welcome both our strengths and weaknesses, our successes and failures. There is a great freedom in this happiness.
PLUS! OpenGround workshops for later in 2020
The Five Elements and how to use their powers
All experience can be understood in terms of the elements. Our power for living comes from our emotions and the emotions are the energies of the elements. When these energies are purified and in balance we live creative compassionate lives.
These workshops are an opportunity to play, experiment and explore deeply in a supportive environment.
The Anatomy of Movement
This course is suitable for both yoga teachers, students and anyone with an interest in the human body.
You will understand how the body moves and what gets in the way. You will understand why pain arrives and how to find relief.
Book Launch mid-year 2020
My True Names, the third novel in Dyana’s autobiographical trilogy, will be published mid-year 2020.
Alice and Cornelius sail away on an adventure of a lifetime.
Alice learns the most important lesson in her life.
The Yoga of Sailing
Alice knows her wondrous mystical experiences don’t last, they don’t solve anything, but she’s stuck. Ordinary life seems mediocre and unfulfilling. She can’t let any of it go.
Buddha and a Boat
When Alice goes cycling around Vanuatu, she unravels esoteric teachings from her meditation retreats. She starts to see why she is the way she is – why her mystical experiences are so compelling and why her relationships are so difficult.
Best descriptions of sailing I’ve ever read.
Brings Buddhist wisdom alive for modern times.
Adventure and romance on the high seas.
More from Dyana
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Every so often I’ll provide a background piece on one of my activities.
Sailing is like writing. It allows me to pause. Facing into the wind is like facing the page on the screen. Extraneous story lines, which would twist me this way and that, often criss-crossing in contradictory ways, become irrelevant. I empty myself to welcome in...
We all create hypotheses and theories about life which we then test. If a hypothesis proves useful and make good sense of our experience, well then we adopt it as real. A hypothesis that leads to poor life outcomes and predictions is discarded. This is the way of...
PROLOGUE – December 2020 Buying Lalita I’d been talking about a van for a long time, peering around and inside the many parked along the Raglan foreshore, I’d even enquired about and inspected several old beasts for sale. What I wanted was clear – long wheel base,...