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About Us Ealing Yoga, Meditation and Philosophy Centre dates back to 1991, when Peter Glover founded the UK branch. The Centre aims to help individuals lead a happier, more natural life and so discover how to evolve spiritually. EYMPC offers courses and retreats on hatha yoga, breathing & relaxation, meditation and practical philosophy, with an emphasis on a traditional, authentic, no-gimmicks ethos firmly rooted in the Himalayan spiritual heritage, whilst at the same time drawing inspiration from diverse traditions.

About Yoga Philosophy


What is Creation?

What is my relationship to Creation?

Who has not asked these questions?

To explore these fundamentals the Institute holds weekly presentations and discussions that draw upon the spiritual knowledge of different traditions, both from the East and from the West. We explore how the practical applications of these traditions can illuminate and enhance the quality of our daily working lives.

These studies include Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads, and other texts.  As well as the group discussions, practical work will be included such as meditation, breathing and mindfulness exercises. We explore how loving, considered and skilful actions can be naturally expressed in practice.

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347834_orig-0516bTypically our mind is restless and confused, jumping from one thought to another making it difficult to find balance and rest. Meditation is a systematic and methodical practice that, even from the beginning, helps us find stability and calmness.

Meditation can give you the ability to improve your health, your relationships, and the skill and love with which you engage with life. Meditation is suitable for everyone.

With regular meditation you can realistically expect to find new levels of energy, relaxation, calmness, and relief from stress. Ultimately it will lead to realisation of one's true self.

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Meditation involves a type of inner attention that is quiet, concentrated, and at the same time relaxed. The word used in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras is "Dhyana". It is defined as "the liberation of the mind from all disturbing and distracting emotions, thoughts and desires."

About Hatha Yoga


Yoga means 'to yoke' or 'to join'. Through knowledge and skilful practice hatha yoga aims to harmoniously unify body, breath and mind in such a way that the body becomes an instrument for treading the path to enlightenment.

Hatha refers to the relationship between the differing energies in our body, breath and mind. Ha and tha are symbolic syllables used to indicate the flow of breath in the right and left nostrils. Hatha yoga exercises are designed to awaken and harmonise the energies of our internal states.

The term 'Hatha Yoga' is a generic one, and it covers all styles of physical yoga such as Astanga, Viniyoga, Iyengar, and Sivananda Yoga.

Here at the Himalayan Institute our teachers' backgrounds and approaches differ slightly, but they are all influenced by the Himalayan practice of Hatha Yoga as taught by Swami Rama.

Yoga postures are a remedy for the whole person. They promote health and energy. There is no achievement level or competition. Each person works within their own capacity, and it is for this reason that yoga is beneficial to all regardless of age, gender, body shape or previous experience.

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EYMPC Retreats & Events

The Friars Retreat 2022 We are delighted to announce that we have a venue and dates which will enable us to revive our annual retreat event. The venue is The Friars at Aylesford Priory, Kent, and the dates are Saturday 2nd-Sunday 3rd July 2022. Places are limited to a maximum of 20 and accommodation will be in single occupancy rooms on the site. The programme is still to be decided but will include the usual mix of yoga, relaxation, philosophy, chanting and meditation. We will have a large meeting room available, which will double as a yoga studio. The cost of the weekend includes accommodation, meeting room hire (with projector and screen), breakfast on the Sunday, lunch on both days, supper on Saturday (and possibly Sunday) and tea/coffee/biscuits. We have opted for a vegetarian menu. The venue is fairly easy to get to from London, by car - approx 90 minutes on the M25/M20. There is also a train service (just under 1 hour) from St Pancras International. Cost per head is £147.75 (with supper on the Sunday) or £137.85 (without supper on the Sunday)* . A £20.00 (non-refundable**) deposit is required to secure a place, and the balance is payable by early May 2022 (date tbc). *Our programme will start around 11.00 am on the Saturday and is likely to finish late afternoon on the Sunday. You have a choice as to whether you would like to stay for supper or not and you can confirm this on paying the balance. Most of the places on this retreat have now been taken, but there may be the possibility of some additional accommodation if there is a demand for it. Please e-mail Lisa at : enquiries@ealingyogamedpc.org.uk to register your interest. Do have a look at The Friars website for more information : https://www.thefriars.org.uk/ The Friars - Aylesford Priory, Maidstone, Kent Set in the heart of Kent, England, The Friars - Aylesford Priory - is an ancient religious house of the Order of Carmelites dating back to the 13th Century www.thefriars.org.uk