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Rhythm, Ashtanga Yoga and Drums

April 4, 2022

Our Drum circles are coming soon! These are energising, joyous, stress relieving, confidence-building and great fun!

Over the past two years I have been deepening my drum training and working towards facilitating Drum Circles. This follows on from my Sound Therapy training with Drum, Himalayan Bowls and Crystal Bowls a few years ago. Recently I joined my fellow students and our teachers for a 4 day training and assessment to complete my Drum Circle Facilitator course! 

Because our Drum Circles will be facilitated they will be for everyone from complete beginners and children to experienced percussionists. Absolutely everyone can drum, we all have a heartbeat and we are naturally inclined to fall into the rhythms we can hear.

I will provide you with a drum or other percussion instrument (or you can bring your own) and will lead the group into exploration and expression of rhythms. This is a safe non-judgmental space where people of mixed ages and rhythmical expertise are guided together to a very high level of spirited rhythmical exploration and expression.

Our Drum Circles will be family-friendly, connecting with each person with their own unique gifts.
Why Drum Circles?
Our bodies and minds love strong consistent rhythms, they help us to feel l that we know what is coming and this makes us feel safe, and our bodies and minds are able to sustain health when we feel safe. 

When we embody a rhythm shared with other humans either by moving to a rhythm or creating a rhythm or both (!) we also feel connected. We feel that those around us understand us and we understand them and we are supportive of each other - so we feel even safer, which is a primal need. When we feel safe we let go of physical, emotional and mental tension.

This strong collective embodied rhythm is one of the (many) reasons I love Ashtanga. Drum Circles that are facilitated are another way to experience the benefits of embodied collective rhythm. 
As well as offering the sessions in our space, I hope to offer Drum Circles to young men, older people whose movement is restricted and as a Parkinsons and Dementia intervention and in communities that would benefit from more cohesion.

More about Drum Circles: https://www.themandalapreston.com/other_classes/drum-circles/

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