All About Yoga: Patanjali's 8 Limbs
This course is an opportunity to learn more about yoga; to understand that yoga is a way of being and is so much more than yoga poses, breathing and deep relaxation (although these are covered too!).
This course is broken down into chapters so you can dip in & out as time allows. Including some reflection time, the whole course should take just under 4 hours and includes:
- a definition and explanation of yoga & what it is, and an introduction to Patanjali, who wrote the first ever yoga manual about 1500 years ago
- a discussion of Patanjali's 8 Limbs of Yoga
- explanation of the yamas and niyamas, the brakes and accelerators that move us away from or towards a state of yoga
- two short asana practices, to explore how the yamas & niyamas can be woven through our formal practice,
- a simple breathing technique (pranayama) that can be altered to bring about quick, effective changes in our physiology & mood
- a 25 minute guided deep relaxation which may allow you to withdraw from your senses and experience pratyahara, (that slightly floaty but awake feeling)
- a technique to improve concentration (dharana), which you can do in stages, depending on how long you have
- a discussion on the final Limbs of dyana (meditation) and samadhi (realisation or bliss), and how they may one day lead us to moksha, true freedom.
The course will be emailed to you as a website that looks like a workbook, which you can print off for taking notes and writing down your reflections if you like. This workbook contains some brief notes for each section and nearly 3 hours of videos that you can pause whenever you like. You can set aside a morning, afternoon or evening, or do the course in sections as & when you get the chance.
The first few sections are me chatting, so find somewhere comfy & relax. If it's sunny & warm, roll out your picnic rug and get outside! Later on you will need a bit of space to do some yoga and then lie down.
You can watch the videos as many times as you like, and as they're on YouTube, they'll never expire like our classes do on Zoom. In the asana section, I actively encourage you to repeat one of the simple practices every day for a week and note down how you feel doing the same thing on different days. And I would definitely recommend using the deep relaxation video! A lot ;-) I think that learning to relax properly is one of the best things we can do to counteract all the rushing and busy-ness of modern life!
So, all of this amazing knowledge and a variety of quick & easy asana, breathing and meditation techniques you can learn & repeat until you know them well and can use them whenever you want or need them. I hope that all sounds fantastic!
I will be pricing this course at the cost of an online morning workshop, with the bonus that you can keep it forever and repeat any part of it as many times as you like. As I'm excited about this whole idea of online courses, and because I want to encourage as many of you as possible to try this course, you can buy it for the reduced price of £15 until I go on holiday - Wednesday 29th June.
After that it will go up to it's forever price of £25.
If you would like to buy this course, Send me an email or text to 07846 807 980 and I will get you started!