The original intention of yoga was not centred around a yoga mat! The goal is to be permanently free of suffering. Whether we see that as achievable or not, the good news is that any step we take towards this goal will improve our experience of life. However, we must be sure our steps are based in correct knowledge and understanding, together with reflection and feedback.
The frameworks of Patañjali’s Yogasūtra are predominantly concerned with the mind: how it works; its different levels and modes; and, its role in the journey towards this peaceful freedom. In life, we may be able to escape or avoid an external situation, but we can’t escape the effects of our own thinking. So, we must carefully tend the garden of our own thoughts.
Learning a few key sūtra-s is a great way to help us progress, as they can be a tool for reflection as well as for practice. One important sūtra concerned with emotional well-being through positive psychology practices is sūtra 33 of Samādhi pādaḥ (the ch...
Super-flexible yoga teacher training/further studies program on the Gold Coast!
The module-based program gives you the flexibility to attend any number of stand-alone modules in your interest area, meaning you're not locked into a program and teacher that may not fit with your expectations and goals.
This is a flexible, module-based program with a strong supportive, mentoring focus. It is open to both qualified yoga teachers AND unqualified yoga students or practitioners who can:
a) choose any module as a stand-alone training, or
b) complete all modules to gain 150 hours of Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.
Current yoga teachers may choose to upgrade their teaching level with the full 150hrs of training, or complete individual modules to meet CPD requirements. You will be supported and encouraged to question, experience, and deepen your knowledge, and to practice and/or teach from a place of authenticity and experiential understanding.
Just because the Yogasūtra of Patañjali is an ancient text doesn’t mean it’s merely an interesting historical backdrop to yoga. With proper guidance, it is a relevant and comprehensive practice pathway - more psychology than philosophy - offering deep insights for positive self-transformation.
When we begin practising yoga, the first thing we need, according to Patañjali, is tapas. Why? Because when we start to make positive changes, we naturally experience some discomfort as our past habits (saṁskāras) resist change. Our effort to overcome that discomfort is tapas, the first word in the first sūtra of the second chapter. But why start at Chapter II?
Patanjali’s Yogasūtra is a treatise on sāṁkhya-yoga philosophy, presented in 195 concise sūtras contained in four chapters. The Sāṁkhya Kārikā tells us ‘what’ and ‘why’, and the Yogasūtra tells us ‘how’. Although the yogasūtras are concise to enable memorisation and oral transmission, they are fully explained in the main commentary of Vyāsa...
Who is this training suitable for? Should I come? What will I learn?
After an enquiry about the program’s content this week, I thought it might be helpful to offer some insight into what to expect from traditional teachers of authentic yoga traditions, and how to get the most out of these five days.
Is it suitable for me?
This five-day training is for you if:
a) you are a yoga teacher or practitioner with many years’ experience, or
b) you have little or no yoga experience but a desire to create some changes that will lead you to a life of better health, happiness, clarity and contentment
How can it be suitable both for beginners AND experienced yoga practitioners?
As an experienced practitioner, you will have existing knowledge and practice of asanas. In the practice sessions there is minimal instruction on HOW to perform the poses because the focus at this level is to guide you on the deeper, more subtle aspects of yoga.
Are you a yoga teacher, teacher trainee or dedicated practitioner of yoga? Then at some stage you'll want to study Patañjali's Yogasūtra from an authentic base.
Considered by Sri. T. Krishnamacharya as the most important text on Yoga, the Yogasūtra should be studied with the key Sanskrit commentaries.
The last short course study group I am teaching in 2017, this course starts Tuesday 3rd October and runs for one hour each Tuesday throughout October.
Further courses will be offered from February 2018.
You will learn:
* The depths of meaning in the sūtras by reference to the commentaries of Vyāsa and Swami Hariharananda
* How this ancient text is relevant to us in the modern world
* How to apply this knowledge in yoga practice and in our daily lives
* Sanskrit pronunciation
* How to recite the sūtras
* Traditional opening and closing peace chants
You'll find this course engaging, relevant and accessible.
Five one-hour classes | Tuesdays @ 11am
Starts 3rd Oct 2017 | Finishes 31st Oc...
Starting 1st August 2017 | An introductory course in recitation of the Yogasūtras of Patañjali. This seven-week course is for Yoga students and teachers wishing to learn how to recite the Yogasūtras, and to develop a deep appreciation for their significance.
Study in a traditional and authentic way; learn peace chants to open and conclude the class; fundamentals of the Sanskrit alphabet; importance of correct pronunciation; group recitation of the Yogasūtras; using sound as a tool for meditation, and the role of sound in bringing about the state of sattva.
This course allows registered teachers to accrue CPD points.
7 week course: Tuesday 1st August – Tues 12th Sept 2017 from 11:15am - 12pm
Total cost: $99. Held in Mudgeeraba.
I look forward to sharing my passion for this discipline with you.
Saturday 10th June, 2017. Arrive 8:15am to start at 8:30am. We will finish at 10:30am and then share morning tea. We'll begin with mantra. Learn the 'why' behind integral components of asana - conscious breathing, the use of sound, mental concentration and inner attention. Do a little practise to bring these components together. Fine-tune your movement appropriate to some important asanas. Move into a self-directed one-hour practice. Finish together with pranayama and mantra meditation.
Saturday 11th May, 2017. Three-hour workshop followed by Ayurvedic vegetarian lunch. A practical approach to Yoga as self-care, including techniques to improve thoracic mobility, re-educate the nervous system and experience the feeling of 'release'. Some simple, daily Ayurvedic self-care routines. A reminder of concepts introduced in the last workshop including Yogic mindfulness, breath-based asana, the use of sound, peace chants. Morning tea & lunch included - $60.
I met somebody this week who, on learning that I teach yoga, said “I’ve never actually done it before, but isn’t it about being peaceful?” I was pleased by this perception, because more often the response is something like “Isn’t that about being really flexible?”
In fact, yoga leads us to peace of mind (sattva = state of peace, balance, clarity). In the first chapter of Patanjali’s Yoga-sutra, we are told what yoga is: yogah citta vrtti nirodhah (yoga is the restraint of the fluctuations of the mind).
So how does this relate to yoga as we perceive it today?
A.G. Mohan expands:
“All the practices of yoga are oriented towards this state of sattva. Asana practice [the physical poses], for example, should reduce the rajasic, or hyperactive, tendencies of the body and the mind and lead to a state of sattva. It’s also true of the pranayama and other practices. Nowadays, yoga has become asana, and asana can be rajasic. Any exercise program can reduce the inertia component in the body and mind...
Saturday 22nd October 2016. This workshop runs from 9am to Noon, includes morning tea and is followed by an Ayurvedic vegetarian lunch. Yoga philosophy; Yogic mindfulness; Breath-based asana practice introducing sound; Peace chants; Morning tea & lunch. Topics include: understanding thought and behaviour patterns as they relate to body, breath, senses, food, relationships and environment. Introduction to the wisdom of the Yogasutras of Patanjali and how this wisdom can be applied to our lives today.