Philosophy of Yoga Workshop
A theoretical-practical workshop to enter the world of yoga philosophy, focusing on the teachings of one of the essential books of yoga, the Yoga Sutras. We discover the text, explain the broad terminology, and delve into the path of the 8 steps. Looking at the methodology described, and its way of understanding the world and the purpose of yoga practice. Contextualize the work, its origins and how it applies today. A 3-hour workshop, where you start with the theory and debate about the Sutras and finish with a practice that puts it on the mat. A workshop aimed at all those who wish to understand yoga, beyond the physical.
The practice of yoga is not just a series of postures linked together through sequences. It has a whole philosophical basis behind making it more of a way of life, a way of understanding the universe and explaining some of the most relevant questions of human existence: What is there after death? Why am I here? How can I achieve permanent happiness?
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
We will focus on the study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the ancient classical Indian text that is one of the essential teachings of yoga, recognized by all schools of yoga and the basis of many later works such as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
Through its scarce 196 aphorisms hides the millenary wisdom that we can take to our daily life. To understand what our essential nature is, something more than the limitation of the physical body, time and mind. What is the origin of suffering and how to feel at peace.
The text covers all aspects of life. It begins with a code of conduct, as well as the advice and virtues of those who seek their spiritual path. It explains the relative importance of asanas and the profound importance of breathing and silencing the senses. They end with a study of meditation, of how the mind is brought into a state of harmony and equilibrium. Because that is the objective established by Patanjali: Yogaścittavṛttinirodhaḥ yoga is to silence mental fluctuations.
In order to encompass the complex terminology of the Sutras, we will address an overview of the Veda worldview. And, how the Sutras explain one of the multiple paths to break the infinite circle of karma: Raja Yoga. We will then explain the essential parts that determine the path of the 8 steps: ashtanga yoga. This leads us to meditation and from there to the state of absolute contemplation: Samadhi.
Practice: Hatha Vinyasa
To understand the relationship between today’s more physical classes and the ethical basis presented in this book, we will then conduct a session of hatha vinyasa. Emphasizing the concepts explained in the theory part. This will put into practice the qualities and precepts that make each posture an integral work that involves the mind, behavior and intention of each yogi. In this way the tradition explained in the ancient texts can be reflected in the asana and pranayama exercises of modern practice. To leave the impression that yoga is not something physical, it is something that transcends postures, but is the search for our essential nature, which is divine, eternal.
Let us reflect on all these essential questions in order to find greater self-knowledge and inner peace. Then apply all this theory in a physical practice in order to experience yoga in a complete way. By understanding the deeper meaning we protect ourselves from falling into irrational, unhealthy or disrespectful acts. Yoga Sutras help us to understand and face the obstacles that stand in our spiritual path. And so what happens in the mat translates into health and peace for the body, serenity in the mind and recognition of our essential nature, the eternal happiness of consciousness.
Students paying by direct debit 15€
15 November from 17h to 20h
In MAMAYOGA (C/Pere Serafí, 29)