The Yama and Niyama on and off the mat
Tutor: Ade Belcham
Date: 23rd May 2020
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Yoga Bones (3) - The Yama and Niyama on and off the mat
Aims of the Morning
This workshop is one of a series seeking to explore some of the key ideas presented in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Each of the Yoga Bones workshops aims to bridge the gap between the intellectual engagement with philosophical ideas and the practical integration into our practice and lives.
Using an asana focus, we will undertake practical explorations that encourage a personal understanding relevant to our yoga practice and modern life.
This workshop series is for people who:
• Have studied Patanjali previously and would like to explore further or can’t see the relevance to modern yoga
• Are relatively new to yoga philosophy
• Would like to learn ways to introduce the wider concepts of yoga to students.
Aims of morning
To provide an overview of the Yama and Niyama as described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali in the context of the eight limbs of yoga.
To encourage the development of a personal perspective regarding the interpretation of the yama/niyama by considering them practices rather than prescriptions
To begin to consider a variety of ways of thinking and talking about the yama/niyama in ways linked to yoga asana practice and teaching.
Students will be able to give examples illustrating the range of relevance of the yama/niyama to asana and life
Students will be able to provide an explanation of the yama/niyama and their general context within the philosophy of the Yoga Sutras.
Aims of the Afternoon
To continue to consider a variety of ways of thinking and talking about the yama/niyama in ways linked to yoga asana practice and teaching.
Students will be able to evaluate their own relationship to the yama/niyama
Students will be able to understand how to use the concept of the yama/niyama to skilfully engage with their own yoga practice.
Students will be able to understand how to use an awareness of the yama/niyama to respond skilfully to their students’ needs in the context of yoga teaching.
Teaching Material Used On The Day
Powerpoint images are used to support learning throughout the day.
Course note summaries are available for download by participants from the tutor's website following the event.
Methods of presenting the subject
The day will be a mix of tutor presentation, group discussion and practical exploration involving individual asana practice and group work. The day promises to be a day that provokes reflection and provides inspiration and innovation for your practice and/or teaching.
About the Tutor
Quite a long time ago in deepest darkest Wales, Ade was born on a warm June evening, a child of the moon and the sea. He has lived several lives since then including one as an environmental tutor, father of two and part time nomad. He currently spends his time working as a Rolfer, Craniosacral therapist, and yoga teacher.
His yoga story is centred around a daily ashtanga yoga practice begun in 2000 and involving many months over the years at the feet of the dark queen Nancy Gilgoff on the mythical island of Maui.
He has been sharing stories about yoga since 2004 mostly from a barn in the Black Mountains of South Wales. He continues to do so from his new home in a cowshed in Sussex and via workshops in other UK venues. He loves a good tale!
Welbourn Village Hall
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