It’s time to move beyond a predetermined understanding of anatomy from the outside in and get to know it from the inside out. Your experiences in exploring the subtleties of your energetic and fluid bodies will bring you to understand your own physical body in a different way. Then we can explore the individual nature (beyond assumptions and standardised approaches) of Yoga alignment and the powerful nature of embodied practice in asana, pranayama and meditation.
Most Yoga classes are limited to practices based on the sutras relating to the first four limbs of Patanjali’s eight-limbed approach to Yoga, ignoring that the sage spends the bulk of the Yoga Sutras detailing meditative practices far beyond those preparatory steps. We’ll explore and experience the oft-neglected third chapter of the Yoga Sutras in this course, along with a backward glance at the depth of heart-knowledge found in certain key passages of the Upanishads and the Vedas.
It’s time to move past the glass ceiling created by engaging in an endless cycle of perfection-oriented asana and pranayama practices. Of course we won’t abandon postures and breath work, but they’ll fall into the place that Patanjali intended for them, as preparations for the “real deal” that is Meditative Practice. We’ll explore the practice of Ritual, Mudra and Gestures, Prayer and Invocation, Chant and Mantra, and how they help us change our mental-emotional structure to drop into Meditative states of mind.
Have you ever felt frustrated in teaching, that you cannot quite express your experiences directly to students to help them shift? When we teach from an ordinary state of mind, our effect on students can only ever be ordinary. Which is enough for many, but what if a shift in your consciousness, as the person guiding the class, could bring about a new way of teaching? We will explore what happens when we teach from the heart, when a new language evolves to help us express our inner voice and guide our students to practise from theirs.
While you will be teaching, assisting, observing and giving/receiving feedback throughout this course, we reckon you’ll find it doesn’t feel like when you’ve done these things before. Why? Because we’ll open in vulnerability together and play as a community, finding what way is right for all of us to express and receive. We’ll discover how to enjoy the raw and beating heart of Yoga.