"Do not think of yourself as a small, compressed, suffering thing. Think of yourself as graceful and expanding, no matter how unlikely it may seem at the time." ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

Course 1: Yoga Foundations

 

In course one we delve into the study of yoga darshan, one of the six major schools of philosophy of India and how it relates to our asana, pranayama, and meditation practice, on and off the mat. We reflect on yoga as a Sadhana, that is a practice in our life. Yoga is truth. Health and vitality come with it. A holistic vision is innate in the approach. Foundational principles are explored to include: - the 5 great elements (earth, water, fire, air, and space); theYamas (great universal observances); the Kriya (acts) and the Marga (paths). Foundations in yoga asana, pranayama are unfolded to offer you stability and expansion when you practice, in class or on your own.

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Course 2- Inner World, Outer World and Jnanendriyas.


The organs of perception may act as a yoga bridge connecting the inner world and the outer world and vice versa.How we experience both the outer and inner worlds through yoga may be transformative.

 

In this course we expand upon this idea, and witness it in life, along with the practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation.The five organs of perception- jnanendriyas, are the eyes, the ears, the nose, the tongue and the skin. They each hold a power of perception that draws us out or when cultivated, lead us inwards. The yoga techniques associated with bringing them inwards are key to the practice of yoga, and required for pranayama and meditation. 

 

In everyday contemporary life the organs of perception have become overstimulated. This may be due to increased screen time or over flavored food. In this course we learn to relax and sooth the jnanedriyas thru correct yoga practice, and ayurveda, and then witness the transformation in life.The niyama- five personal observances for wellness of the self, are explored as they pertain to the organs of perception. Readings from Tree of Yoga and videos accompany this course.

Course Book - The Tree of Yoga,  BKS Iyengar

“The sky is finite as well as infinite. None can touch it, yet we are in contact with it at every moment of our lives. Similarly, you and I have to use finite means- body, mind, intelligence and consciousness- to reach the infinite seat of the soul which is the Mother of all these things. In this way we remain ever fresh, ever peaceful, and with ever growing intelligence.”"