Ruby Reed & Christabel Reed
Practicing for Peace Inside and Out
"We have deep respect and compassion for the Earth and for all of life. We know in our hearts what is good and what is right. We follow our hearts and seek positive solutions based on Love, basic goodness and common sense. Supporting these changes is our community".
To achieve peace in the outside world we must first achieve peace within ourselves.
While it is generally agreed that yogic practices do help develop a sense of peace and clarity within, maintaining this beyond practise is more of a challenge. Yet, from the perspective of the Bhagavad Gita it is our sacred duty to maintain harmony not only for ourselves, but in and for the world around us - even to reinstate order when disorder has arisen.
Drawing on the Yoga Sutras and The Bhagavad Gita, Ruby & Christabel will explore how we may enact our dharma through recognising the interrelated nature of our existence, the power of our actions as they ripple out across the intricate web of existence and our ability to cultivate positive attitudes, have clarity in action and develop stability and consistency within ourselves so that we may become part of a movement towards establishing peace within and without.
What can people expect?
Discussion, vinyasa krama, pranayama
Rewilding from Within
An exploration of the concept of Rewilding as a tool to recognise our deep connection to the natural world. By acknowledging this bond we can find the sacred within ourselves and the world around us, thereby healing the psychological split we have created and peeling back the layers that prevent us from flourishing in harmony with our authentic selves. Finding strength, awareness and openness through nature, we can invite great joy, love and the sacred into our lives. We will begin with a discussion circle and will move to work with the Breath through Pranayama and Sound, the Body through Asana, and the mind through Awareness.
What can people expect?
Discussion, chanting, pranayama, asana, meditation
Ruby Reed is a yoga teacher, activist and co-founder of the environmental and holistic wellbeing platform Advaya Initiative. She is interested in embodiment and nature connection as sources of healing and empowerment and believes in the power of Yoga to create social change.
Ruby is influenced by the progressive approach and breath-led fluidity of the Ashtanga practice, and the energetic attention and adaptability of Viniyoga. Her classes prioritise the breath as a tool for awareness, connection and healing, and integrate strong postures to build energy, resilience and vitality.
Ruby works to build community around a renewed sense of awe and wonder in life so that we may connect with our most authentic selves and thrive as we should in harmony with nature. Advaya have hosted over 40 events exploring topics from spiritual activism to plastic pollution, sustainable fashion to food waste, alternative economies to animal extinction. All events emphasise awareness as the means for evolution and empower individuals to realise their power to create positive change. Formats differ depending on the topic and include screenings, workshops, full day immersions, panel discussions, talks, dinners, pilgrimages and retreats.
Ruby is happiest when in water and has spent a lot of time beneath sea level over the years, whether teaching scuba diving in the Andaman Islands or training as a Free-diver. Before becoming a yoga teacher and activist, Ruby worked in the art world at auction houses, with private collectors and galleries. She has an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute, looking at countercultural artistic practices during the dictatorships of South America and Eastern Europe from the death of Stalin to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and another from Edinburgh University looking at ideas around the body and ideal beauty in Renaissance Italy. She was part of the 2014 Teacher Training at Triyoga and is currently completing a 4 year advanced teacher training with Colin Dunsmuir working towards becoming a Yoga Therapist.
Read more: www.advayainitiative.com // www.rubyreedyoga.com // email@example.com
Christabel Reed is an activist, yoga teacher and the co-founder of the environmental and holistic wellbeing platform Advaya Initiative. Christabel is currently completing a 4 year advanced teacher training with Colin Dunsmuir. Working towards becoming a Yoga Therapist.
Practicing yoga as a teenager helped liberate Christabel from years of chronic anxiety and the constructed narratives that limited her ability to fulfil her potential and really enjoy life. This transformation led her make the resolution to learn how she could apply these tools to others. During Christabel’s History BA at Manchester she went back to India to do her first TTC in Hatha Yoga. After graduating Christabel went on to do a second training in Viniyoga and Vinyasa Krama before beginning her Masters at SOAS, University of London, in The Traditions Of Yoga & Meditation.
Christabel’s thesis was on The Ecology & Ethics of The Bhagavad Gita - in which she lent academic support to the popular notion, much criticised by scholars, that the Gita is inherently an ethical and ecological text, in which the reader is led to gain clarity of mind, recognise the interdependent nature of existence and the individual duty to uphold harmony and balance while relinquishing the fruits of the enactment of duty to the greater good.
Advaya have hosted over 40 events exploring topics from spiritual activism to plastic pollution, from sustainable fashion to food waste, alternative economies to animal extinction. All events emphasise awareness as the means for evolution and empower individuals to realise their power to create positive changes in their own lives and the world around them. Event formats differ depending on the topic and include screenings, workshops, full day immersions, panel discussions, talks, dinners, pilgrimages and retreats.
Read more: www.advayainitiative.com // www.christabelreed.yoga // firstname.lastname@example.org