Course – Empowered Yoga

Empowered Yoga

Booking CLOSED – Should you be interested in future presentations of this course please let me know

Explore a range of yoga practices, gain confidence, learn new practices not usually covered in class, and meet new people.

A free yoga course. You will do the yoga you have come to enjoy in the weekly classes. In addition you will gain a deeper understanding about yoga than we are able to cover in the weekly class. For those who are keen you will have the opportunity and guidance to create a personal practice (if you so wish).

The five 4 hour workshops will be held in Crewe @ 14:00 on the following selected days : –

  • June 9th
  • July 14th
  • September 15th
  • October 20th
  • November 3rd

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How to use Yogic Texts

“Personally I think it is better to use the yogic texts (or other lofty writings) as a tool for self enquiry to access your own truth and wisdom, than it is to accept on face value or from an intellectual perspective what you see written. Really this should result in positive and healthy transformation into and towards your fullest potential. Our minds can limit us and experiences can open us up if we choose.”, first posted on my FB page.

In addition I would say this. First and with an open mind gain a familiarity with the text, or section of the text in question. Come to some sort of a personal understanding (which will mature over time anyway). Then make that understanding a change or a part of your honest and truthful experience of it. Finally try and share it with others if you are able to.


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Path to Freedom Pointers

The information below was originally shared for those attending the event to taught called “Path to Freedom” at the British Wheel of Yoga North West day of yoga (November 28th 2015). The information be useful for subsequent events or for students wanting some pointers to explore yoga for themselves.

[Note: 28th November 2015. The quotes used during the day of yoga have been added at the request of some of those students present.]

Areas of study and practice:-

 

Specific practices:-

  • Physical yoga postures
  • Mudras such as Chin mudra
  • Pranayama – Specifically in this context Nadhi Shodana also known as Alternate nostril breathing
  • Pratyahara – Shanmuki Mudra or possibly Bramari pranayama
  • Meditation – Specifically in this context Antar Mouna or Inner Silence
  • Karma yoga

 

Further reading (see book list for exact details):-

  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Gheranda Samhita
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – mainly chapter 1 and 2
  • Edge of Infinity – chapters 3, 5, 6 and 7
  • Bhagavad Gita – chapters 3 and 6
  • Yoga Darshan – Starting on pages 59, 87, 107, 226 until end of section

 

Quotes

99% practice 1% theory
(Sri K. Pattabhi Jois)

“Raja yoga is in practice an exploration and training of the mind. Ultimately this leads to complete mastery and understanding of the mind.”
(http://yoga-bija.me.uk/om/raja-yoga)

“Those who are enamoured of practice without theory are like a pilot who goes into a ship without rudder or compass and never has any certainty where he is going. Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of theory.”
(Leonardo da Vinci)

“The Yoga Sutra, is not a philosophy book to be studied with the intellect or ordinary mind, but rather it is an experiential workbook that is revealed by an open heart. Wisdom is by its nature, trans-rational and transconceptual — broader than any manmade conception or constructed thought wave, and Patanjali everywhere confirms that hypothesis. Wisdom as well as intellect comes from an innate sourceless intelligence of the universal boundless mind”
(Online PDF, reference available from yoga-bija.me.uk)

“The path of Karma Yoga gives us the possibility of expanding our awareness and deepening perception whilst acting in the world.”
(Edge of Infinity, page 223)

“Karma yoga means to perform work with awareness and to the best of our ability, without being attached to the outcome.”
(Edge of Infinity, page 223)

“In our daily life our minds are almost continually externalized. We see and hear only what is going on outside of us, and we have little understanding of the events taking place in our inner environment. The practice of antar mouna is designed to turn this around, so that for at least a short period we can see the workings of our mind and understand them. In reality antar mouna is one of the few ‘permanent sadhanas’ which can be practised spontaneously all the twenty four hours of the day by anyone who is really determined to know oneself.”
(Meditations from the tantras, page 211)

 

 


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Personal Practice Guidelines

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Asana and Meditation

When practicing postures (asana) it is most beneficial to try to cultivate concentration and awareness. Develop the ability to meditate on your body and posture whilst practicing asanas. Bring in the yamas and niyama (Yoga Sutras, 8 Limbs) into your practice. What are your attitudes towards yourself and your body when you are practicing? Are these attitudes positive or having a negative impact on your practice and being?

A couple of, off the cuff suggestions based on the list below for the 8 limbs.

  • When practicing there are times when closing the eyes is useful. This engages Pratyahara, although there are specific practices for Pratyahara also.
  • Ahimsa, can you stop trying to force yourself into a posture, and apply awareness to be a safe yogi?
  • Samtosha, can you be content with where you are, whilst trying to make progress instead of being unhappy with your practice?
  • Use a Drishti point. This is a steady gazing point such as big toe or a point on the floor in front of you which you focus your gaze on.
  • Can you learn to integrate bandhas, pratyahara, ujjayi and moolabandha to bring a more intense concentration and mediation into your practice?

The 8 limbs are:-

  • Yamas
    • Ahimsa – non-violent
    • Satya – truthfulness
    • Asteya – nonstealing
    • Brahmacharya – self control without disapating energies
    • Aparigraha – noncovetousness
  • Niyama
    • Saucha – cleanliness
    • Samtosha – contentment
    • Tapas – accepting the challenges of tranformation and letting go of the things that cause us pain and suffering
    • Svadhyaya – study of respected texts and healthy ways of living with respect to oneself
    • Isvara Pranidhana – Surrender to the mystery of the unknown in matters we can’t control or understand
  • Asana – the postures we do in class
  • Pranayama – breathing practices to control prana and energies in the body
  • Pratyhara – Sense withdrawl, or turning our attention inward.
  • Dharana – concentration
  • Dhyana – meditation
  • Samadhi

Namaste
Yoga Bija


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