I will be giving a series of talks on yoga philosophy in my private studio. Please contact me ([email protected]) if you would like to attend.
26 Jan, Thurs, 7-9pm: Swadhyaya
When you approach the teachings of yoga in the spirit of right inquiry (vichara), at the right time (especially the start of a new year), you make it possible for a deep and long-lasting change to take place within your being. Our discussion will look at how yoga is based on direct, personal and living experience.
Feb, Thurs, 7-9pm: Chitta-Vritti
Yoga is the state you are in when no thought waves are disturbing your peace, the state that you experience when your patterns of consciousness are stilled. We will look at this state in more detail and also at yoga as the techniques by which you can settle your mind into silence.
9 Feb, Thurs, 7-9pm: Abhyasa-Vairagya-Tapas
Control of your thoughts through regular, steady practice (abhyasa) with an attitude of detachment (vairagya) may be best achieved through self-discipline (tapas). This talk will (hopefully) inspire you to do things that previously seemed difficult in order to purify and strengthen your mind.
16 Feb, Thurs, 7-9pm: Mantra and Japa
A look at specific sound vibrations that provide powerful auditory assistance in sharpening and expanding your spiritual wisdom – and how to use them. Mantras can help you to restore balance within the microcosm, i.e. your mind and body, and aid you in bringing yourself into harmony with the macrocosm.
23 Feb, Thurs, 7-9pm: Ishwara-pranidhana
The last of Patanjali’s five niyamas is perhaps yoga’s greatest challenge. Ishwara-pranidhana consists of letting go of your embedded persona and opening your heart to the higher purposes of your being.
1 March, Thurs, 7-9pm: Brahmaviharas
You will probably find your mind becoming more serene as you focus on the qualities of friendliness, compassion, delight and equanimity, the four “vehicles” which take you to the realm of inner peace. This talk will include guided meditation and ample opportunities for you to ask questions.
8 March, Thurs, 7-9pm: Santosha
This often understood niyama is actually an optimistic state of mental well-being in which you attempt to focus on the positive aspects of all situations and all beings. Contentment brings with it great inner joy and serenity. Your thoughts become steady and peaceful; you are more able to better concentrate on your practice by being in the present moment.
15 March, Thurs, 7-9pm: Saucha
With the coming of spring, we will look at the first of Patanjali’s niyamas which advocates purification on all levels: the physical cleanliness of washing your body, maintaining an orderly home, eating healthy food – and also mental clarity, and speech that refrains from emotionally-charged obsessions and addictions. Saucha enables you to find greater balance in your life, a pre-condition for experiencing the fullness of yoga and inner peace.
If you are running a teachers training programme, you may want to have your students attend these classes – or, I can personalise a philosophy module to fit your needs.