Learn Yoga? An Introduction
Date/time: TBC – do get in touch if you’d like to attend one
Yoga is not about being flexible! This is for anyone who would like to learn a few basics about yoga & then join a class. Or you can be practising yoga already and be interested to find out more about this particular tradition.
A pupil recently gave me a card that started with ‘Yoga is not about touching your toes’ & later ‘calming the mind is yoga’. This is a chance to put yoga in context and learn a little background philosophy, basic principles and try out a short practice suitable for all (everyone will be able to practice to their ability). This will include body movements and positions, breathing practices and a short quiet time.
At the end we can discuss which weekly class would be suitable for you. My classes include gentle chair yoga.
The card from a pupil also said ‘Yoga has been known to cause health and happiness’! I teach Vinyasa Krama Yoga from the Krishnamacharya tradition, the movements are slow, co-ordinated with steady breath.
Yoga Philosophy and Practice – Parts 1, 2, 3
Venue: More dates coming early in 2020
- What is Vinyasa Krama yoga & its lineage
- What is the meaning of yoga, the goal & its 8 limbs
- Benefits of basic breathing practices
- Putting a practice together
- summarising & picking up from previous material and expanding on the goal of yoga
- the 5 Kleshas – ‘afflictions’ or causes of pain & how yoga can help us with these
- How to use the Vinyasa Krama practice manual & more on putting a practice together
- Mudras – some of the more important positions that have a greater effect
- summarising & picking up from previous material and expanding on the goal – what is meant by ‘liberation’
- some principles in Samkhya, an ancient philosophy from India that describes the nature of the universe and consciousness. It is closely aligned with Yoga philosophy.
- different components of the mind and how the mind is involved in these principles
- is yoga spiritual/religious? And how it fits in with Eastern/Western philosophies/beliefs.
- general points/advice for getting a balanced life/responding to life & applying yoga principles in the challenge of daily lives
All these workshops will have short practices that you can take home & start to develop a practice that fits the time you have.