YOGA ĀSANA AND PHILOSOPHY – HAṬHAPRADĪPIKĀ
Mysore 7.30-9.30 Theory and Philosophy 9.30-12.00
Bristol Yoga Space, Princes’ Place, Bishopston, BS7 8NP (just off Gloucester Road)
cale vāte calaṃ cittaṃ niścale niścalaṃ bhavet ।
yogi sthāṇutvam āpnoti tato vāyuṃ nirodhayet ॥ Haṭhapradīpikā 2.2
When the breath is unsteady, the mind is unsteady. When the breath is steady, the mind is steady, and the yogi becomes steady. Therefore one should restrain the breath.
Caroline and Ruth will work closely with you, exploring the richness of Ashtanga self-practice in the tradition of Śri K Pattabhis Jois.
Theory and Philosophy Workshop
In this workshop we will chant, explore the history, ideas and practices of haṭha yoga through the lens of the Haṭhapradīpikā. We will play with ideas through lecture, contemplation and getting our tongues around thoughts.
This workshop is open to all and no prior knowledge is required. Sections of the text will be provided. All you need to bring is inquisitiveness. If you would like to look at the full text before the session please get hold of Brian Dana Aker’s The Hatha Yoga Pradipika published in 2002 by YogaVidya .com
The Haṭhapradīpikā is a watershed text in the history of yoga. Compiled around the 15th century it gives an account of the theory and practice of yoga as we understand it today. It enriches classical meditative practices and severe physical mortifications with tantic ideas. It teaches calming the mind through stabilizing the breath or life-force, prāṇa. It details recommendations for diet, posture, breath work, cleansing techniques, energy locks and visualizations. These transformative technologies generate heat and pressure. They purify liquid to distil the nectar of immortality. The Haṭhapradīpikā describes sublime meditations of dissolving into sound.
Ruth is Authorised Level Two in the Ashtanga Yoga lineage. She holds a Masters’ degree with Distinction in Indian Philosophy and Religions from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs philosophy workshops at Ashtanga Yoga London and teaches history and philosophy modules on yoga teacher training courses.
Price: £35 for both sessions /
300 Gloucester Road – 9am-4pm
The only KPJAYI Certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher in the UK, this is Hamish’s fourth annual visit to Ashtanga Bristol.
The day will include Mysore class (with a choice of start times) and afternoon workshops.
More details coming soon. For now, please save the date!
Thursday 19th April – Monday 23rd April 2018: Sharmila Desai
This is a very special opportunity to study with an inspiring Ashtanga Yoga teacher. This week will include Mysore classes, led primary and yoga philosophy. More details to follow, please save the dates.
October 2018: Harmony Slater
Details to follow.