— 4-Week Yoga Course —
8 Simple Limbs of Yoga for a Simple Life
(This course has already begun, stay tuned for future dates!)
"The essence of Yoga is to be easeful in body, peaceful in mind and useful in life. The aim of Yoga is to make the body healthy and the mind tranquil and pure. With a pure mind and a healthy body we become a useful instrument for all living creatures."
[based on a quote from Swami Satchidananda]
The philosophy behind the practice of Yoga can be quite dense to understand and it might take a while to absorb the information in such a way that we can see it fitting into the reality of our daily lives.
One of the most essential books known to be the foundation of yoga is The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This is a book of 196 aphorisms where Patanjali explains the reality of suffering, the root of why we suffer, and most importantly, what we can do about it.
This is where the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga are born.
The purpose of these limbs is to provide guidelines to live a purposeful and meaningful life. Both the Yoga Sutras as well as the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga have the intention to teach us how to avoid suffering. These guidelines have the intention of helping us understand our own suffering and take the steps and make the changes necessary to go beyond that.
Why take this course
This subject might come in handy in the current times, which are so full of uncertainty and fear. This program is designed to bring peace amidst the chaos, and a more positive view of life. Additionally, it will give simple tools that can benefit our own lives and the lives of those around us.
The objective of this program is to learn about the 8 limbs in the simplest way, so that we can easily understand them and apply them in our daily lives and in the way we approach and treat others and all living creatures. Special attention will be placed on how these principles can be applied in the way we interact with Mother Nature.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This 4-week course has two major components. The first is individual study — participants will be given a course booklet with information and practice tips and six yoga history and/or philosophy videos which go over the 8 Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. The second is four ~90-minute live, group asana practice sessions on Zoom.
DATES + TIMES
The first email with course information will go out upon course registration. Each week's material goes out on Fridays. Asana classes are on Sundays at 7am (PST) / 10am (EST).
- October 4, 2020
- October 11, 2020
- October 18, 2020
- October 25, 2020
This 4-week course is free! Donations are welcome, suggested $75 USD/course.