With six weekly classes, plus weekly handouts including extra information on the postures, breathing and meditation techniques, as well as in-depth articles by me about the eight limbs of yoga (Ashtanga means ‘eight limbs’, see below), this course is guaranteed to give you a solid foundation if you’re a complete newbie and some fresh insight if you already practice yoga. The next course is:
Wednesdays 14th Sept – 26th October 2016, 6 – 7pm (NB no class on 19th Oct)
The course is £40, or weekely classes £8 each.
Not sure whether ‘eight limbs’ means you’ll need to grow an extra pair of arms and legs?! This is the term used to describe the eight aspects on the path to yoga (yoga meaning union, as in union of mind, body and soul). Essentially they are:
- Yama – Moral Guidelines
- Niyama – Guidelines for self-purification and study
- Asana – Physical posture work
- Pranayama – Breath control
- Pratyahara – Sense withdrawal
- Dharana – One pointed focus
- Dhyana – Meditation
- Samadhi – Blissful self-realisation
The classes will involve:
- Asana: Physical posture work (starting from the very beginning, Ashtanga yoga will challenge you physically, but it is also adaptable and modifications will be given!)
- Pranayama: Breathing techniques including ujjayi (breath with sound), breath counting, alternate nostril breathing
- Meditation: We use simple breathing techniques, including the Focus 12 meditation as taught to me by my teacher and Ashtanga-legend, John Scott.
- Discussion: In a beginners course, it is important to make time for discussion and questions. This could be about any of the above, but also about the key themes included in the first two aspects of Ashtanga Yoga, the yamas and niyamas, and also about yoga life-style and methods to begin a self-practice at home.
Contact me if you have any questions at all, or click here to book.