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Yoga, Astrology and You 

Retreat in 2019

Dates to be announced

All inclusive cost: £450 (All single rooms, food, training, handouts and love!)

The concept of Prakruti is very central to Ayurveda and the idea seems very simple. Prakruti represents what many might call the “authentic self”. It represents your “original design” with innate strengths and weaknesses that make you, you. The goal of Ayurveda is to remove all the obstacles that stop you from being you because those obstacles create dis-ease.

            When our Prakruti is in conflict with the environment or is unable to sustain it’s uniqueness then we get sick. Our defense system takes commands from our Prakruti so each and every one of our cells knows its job, where it fits and who it belongs to. Once that is established, then what is not you is fought off and rejected.

            In Yoga, this concept of the individual awareness that identifies with a body and mind is known as Ahamkara or I- am- ness. Without this sense of I am there is no sense of self at all because in essence we are all part of one big cosmic soup so nature has had to find a way of differentiating.


            The most popular metaphor used to describe life these days comes from technology. Prakruti is akin to having a unique software that runs on distinctive algorithms or processes that are able to differentiate this from that and thus reinforce our uniqueness. In Ayurveda, these algorithms are the Doshas and though we all are essentially driven by the three fundamental forces of the three Doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, there are variations that make us unique and finding out what makes us who we are can really help to explain why we do what we do or don’t do and why we like or dislike what we do. Understanding our own Prakruti also helps us to understand and accept the Prakruti of others.


            How do you find out your Prakruti?

            Many of my students will have heard the story about my quest to understand my Prakruti from an Ayurvedic perspective. I visited three different Ayurvedic Physicians who were renowed for identifying Prakruti using Pulse and I got three different readings!

            This made me think that as powerful and useful as Pulse reading is, it is not reliable or at least the reader is not reliable. To make up for this lack of reliability, students turn to traditional assessment methods used in Ayurveda. The most reliable method is Pratyaksha which means Observation. What you see with your eyes doesn’t lie. Observation is incredibly important and can never be substituted however there is much going on below the surface that is not apparent and often missed by Ayurvedists.

            It struck me that Astrology could be an incredibly useful tool for uncovering these deeper layers of data. Astrology works with symbols so it takes a bit of digging around to get it right but once you do, then bingo, everything falls into place.

            Astrology has been around for as long as Ayurveda and is a huge field of knowledge that specializes in analyzing the relationship between cycles and events. Many events have Astrological data associated with them including earthquakes and other natural disasters but the data is not yet consistent enough to be relied on. A lot more work still needs to be done. In India, people still use Astrology to find suitable partners and the best days for auspicious events.


            In the field of Prakruti, Astrology can be hugely helpful. We are all creations of a idea in a moment of time. We are unique expressions of that moment of time. The Astrological birth chart maps the location of the planets and stars at a particular moment and then refers to what is already known about those patterns to help understand the processes or algorithms that come into play in that unique moment.


Does it work?

            Astrology shouldn’t work. There are too many variables that make it difficult to measure and science cannot yet explain it however, having used with it for over 30 years, I can tell you that it really does work. I don’t know why but it does. I don’t believe in Newspaper Astrology. I have never seen anything in it that tells me that particular technique works at all. I do however believe in using Astrology as a tool for Personal growth and Self awareness. It is the best tool I have ever come across to explain the complexities of ones unique Prakruti.


Why now?

            I used to teach Astrology classes back in the 90’s but then put it to one side and concentrated on Yoga and Ayurveda but I never stopped using it for myself and my clients. Of all the subjects and areas of knowledge I have taught and shared over the years, I have consistently found that students are most fascinated by themselves. Not in the narcissistic sense but a curiosity and awareness that the biggest secrets of existence actually lie within.

            By understanding Astrology, one begins to unravel the software that underpins the human condition. The pushes and pulls of life that that make us who we are, are exposed. Our chart can fill us with awe and humility and provide us with a level of self-awareness that nothing else can. I feel it is time to start sharing this knowledge again so that new generations of students can start to go deeper and contribute to that great pool of data that already exists but needs to be updated.


About us

Tarik Dervish is a Teacher Trainer for the British Wheel of Yoga and an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Tarik has been teaching Yoga since 1997 and practising Ayurveda since 2003. He studied with the Faculty of Astrological Studies and graduated with a Diploma in 1995. He has been using Astrology ever since in his clinical work. 

Anne Ashton studied Astrology at the Faculty of Astrological Studies for over four years in the 1990’s. She went on to offer personal Astrological Consultations and taught small groups.   Anne is also a fully qualified and experienced Psychotherapist and NLP practitioner and has been working with clients for over 30 years. To find out more about her work, please visit

 Here’s some feedback from previous retreats:

“The retreat met all my expectations. Anne and Tarik were very knowledgeable about the subjects and made a very good team. The delivery was interesting, motivating and very engaging. I was very inspired and came away with new tools that will enhance my mental and physical well-being. The whole experience from start to finish was wonderful.”

“I very much enjoyed the whole experience and feel more equipped to meet my new goal. More positive, inspired and relaxed”

“What a wonderful, enlightening surpise this weekend was. I would definitely revisit this course again.”

“Great information, Great experience. Great people. A fantastic experience.”

“I’ve gained new insight into myself that gives me a direction of travel for change. Lots of ideas to work on and tools to do that”.

“Absolutely brilliant”

 To book a place on the Retreat, please CLICK HERE and we will contact you to confirm your place and sort out the paperwork. 

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