Ganesha: Remover of Obstacles 

Friday 4pm to 8pm
Saturday 11am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm
Allerton Park, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire
£120  incl. audio recordings of the complete course

Known as the ‘great remover of obstacles’, Ganesha is the field of our higher consciousness which reconciles many apparent contradictions and dilemmas in our lives, whether that between playfulness and seriousness, stability and change, structure and freedom, or being and doing. Ganesha gives us the confidence to attract what we need and to solve problems in a simple way.  
Depicted as a playful young boy with an elephant’s head, he embodies the childlike spontaneity and vast wisdom of a mind free from negative or obstructive habits. He teaches us how to fully take in and enjoy the sweetness of life, and removes the obstacles which prevent us from living the lives we want or fulfilling our potential. 
Ganesha is one of the main gods of India, who from the yoga viewpoint are not only beings of myths and legend, but are personifications of our inner consciousness. In visualising their forms or reciting their mantras, we actually have an encounter with our own wisdom, which can then manifest in our daily lives. So we can understand Ganesha as the latent power of the mind to clear away whatever mental habits continue to obstruct us.
During the course we will learn a few Ganesha practices, working with meditation, mantra and visualisation. Ganesha energy is very playful  and creative, and we will engage this in celebratory ceremonies, including puja - a special ceremony in which we make offerings to this aspect of consciousness in order that we come into a deeper connection with it.
There will also be some theory to orient you to Ganesha, including teaching on the mythology and iconography. We will talk about the role of visualisation and mantra and why we approach the fields of higher consciousness in this way.

COURSE REQUREMENTS: This course is suitable for those with some previous experience of meditation, yoga or a related personal development discipline.