Practical Philosophy

Practical Philosophy Autumn 2024/Spring 2025 series:

•Yoga and broader Indic perspectives
•Veda and Upaniṣad-s, Yoga and Tantra, Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā, Mythology and Teaching

Deepen your understanding of foundation principles of yoga to empower your work with yoga techniques and all aspects of Life.

Sessions are open to everyone. Each session works as a stand alone body of teaching. It is highly recommended to commit and attend the whole series.

These sessions also constitute part of the Yoga Immersion/Teacher Training/Two Year Yoga Education Program

September Sessions

September 2nd

Let’s begin - the ‘opening mantra’ The ashtanga ‘opening mantra’ - vande gurūṇām + ābāhu puruṣākāram

In this session, we’ll learn how to pronounce the opening mantras with clarity, confidence and feeling, exploring their rich layers of inviting meaning and how they can serve to empower and expand our practice.

September 23rd

Zero, One, Two, Three, Pūrṇamadaḥ

Consciousness, Nature and the Human Experience.

The yogic vision and understanding of where we have come from.

Cultivating oneness, connection in this world of duality, nuance and multiplicity.

Fullness and Emptiness, Totality and the Void, with reference to the pūrṇamadaḥ peace mantra from Īśa Upaniṣad

September 30th

Three is a Magic Number

Guṇa-s, Doṣa-s, Three-fold definitions of reality: saccidānanda, satya-ṛta-bṛhat, kriyā yoga: tapaḥ-svādhyāya-īśvarapraṇidhāna, three-fold path: karma, jñāna, bhakti.

October Sessions

October 14th

Four Aims and Stages of Life

Puruṣārthāḥ – four aims of life, four stages of life, and freeing ourselves from karmabandhana – the binding influence of action

October 21st

Five Acts of consciousness

Working skilfully with the gifts of incarnation.

Five Tantric āgama-s, pulsation, cycling, everything is the means

October 28th

Six Schools of Orthodox Indic Philosophy and How Yoga works

Six Schools of Orthodox Indic Philosophy and How Yoga works with and links them all Darśana-s – perspectives, yoga – perception, learning, knowing Pramāṇa: means of valid knowledge and the cultivation of deepening discernment.

Orthodox Vedic and non-Vedic ‘schools’.

November Sessions

November 4th

Seven days a week

The nature of yoga practice, with reference to Yoga Sūtra and Bhagavad Gītā.

Working with cyles. Qualities of the days/planets for practice.

Tailoring a sustainable, evolving practice.

November 11th

Octopus Yoga

Eight Limbs, One Body and Passing Through the eye of a needle.

Introduction to the aṣṭāṅga yoga from Yoga Sūtra

November 18th

Eight Limbs Continued

The essential practice, the aṣṭāṅga as the elaboration of principles already encoded in Chapter One of Yoga Sūtra.

Pratipakṣabhāvana – what to do when tendencies that would pull us away from yoga rise up

November 25th

Navarasa, Nāṭyaśāstra and Nāṭarāja

Yoga: Cultivating dynamic equilibrium in the dance-drama of Life.

Rasa and Bhāva, feeling, flavour and drinking deep from the cup of Life

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