Towards Peace of Mind - The three Gunas
Tutor: Anna SEMLYEN
Date: 23rd October 2021
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Type of Event: CPD Event
Places Available: 23
Towards Peace of Mind- The 3 gunas and mental harmony
Aims of the Morning
1. Present and then discuss three translations of Patanjali's yoga sutra 2.18
2. Expand upon the Gunas with the use of questionnaires and handouts.
3 For Rajas I will facilitate a brainstorm on what yoga tools (such as asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, meditation, affirmation, relaxation) could help move towards sattva, or sustain a sattvic state.
1 To have compared three translations of Patanjali's sutra 2.18 on the Gunas
2. For participants to have considered the balance of the Gunas in their lives and which Guna most often affects them
3. To have considered, and practiced, hatha yoga postures, breathing, meditation and relaxation practices to overcome Rajas and move towards Sattva. To consider the effects that the practices have on themselves and whether they work
Aims of the Afternoon
1 For each of Tamas and Sattva, I will facilitate a brainstorm on what yoga tools (such as asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, meditation, affirmation, relaxation) could help move towards sattva, or sustain a sattvic state
2. Taking each Guna at a time, I will teach a practical lesson with appropriate hatha yoga practices to mitigate the Gunas of Tamas and Rajas and sustain Sattva
1. To have considered, and practiced, hatha yoga postures, breathing, meditation and relaxation practices to overcome Tamas and move towards Sattva or to sustain Sattva. To consider the effects that the practices have on themselves and whether they work
2 To learn lifestyle/life coaching advice to help students recognise and overcome the Gunas of Tamas and Rajas
3 To apply knowledge of the Gunas to teaching general yoga classes
Teaching Material Used On The Day
Programme for the day
Questionnaire on the Gunas from David Frawley's Yoga and Ayurveda for self completion.
Three translations of Patanjali's yoga sutra 2.18 on the Gunas
Notes by Anna Semlyen on practical ways to overcome Rajas and Tamas
Handouts of class plans presented on overcoming Rajas and Tamas as taught at Congress 2010
Methods of presenting the subject
One day training in the yoga for peaceful mental health. Using questionnaires on the three gunas to diagnose our mind state we will then work out which yoga techniques including asanas, breathing practices, meditation and relaxation methods, plus what general approach to practice is most likely to induce a sattvic (harmonious) state of mind
Subject is presented through definitions, quotes, brainstorming, question and answers, handouts of postures, demonstration of practices as well as actually doing postures, breath work, mantra, affirmation, meditation and relaxation, plus pairs work.
About the Tutor
Anna Semlyen (York, North Yorkshire Y010 4BH) began yoga in 1990, has been teaching since 1996. She qualified with BWY in 1999. Co-Author of Yoga For Healthy Lower Backs (Lotus Press) and Relaxations CD (www.yogaforbacks.co.uk). BWY Specialist Advisor on Back Care and Therapeutic research.
Anna has published yoga research as a treatment for low back pain with the University of York\'s Health Sciences Dept proving a 30% benefit of specialist yoga over usual GP care in one of the top five medical journals - Annals of Internal Medicine (http://annals.org/content/155/9/569.full.pdf+html) and in the Journal Spine showing how specialist yoga is cost effective due to 8.5 fewer days off work. There are three other related scientific publications.
Anna is a partner in the www.yogaforbacks.co.uk Institute with Alison Trewhela, which has over 400 trained teachers in back care yoga.
She teaches weekly classes in Yoga In York (www.yogainyork.co.uk) plus private lessons. She tutored at BWY Congress on Yoga and Dosha and the Seasons, the Gunas, Self Confidence and Energy.
Anna Semlyen has BWY Dip, BA (Oxon) MSc in Health Economics, Ayurveda Foundations Dip, Reiki 2. Fully CRB checked.
Her ISTs are on Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs, Private Yoga lesson teaching, Ayurvedic Dosha, Yoga for the Mind, 3 Gunas and Mental Health, Improving Concentration (focusing on energy, confidence and perseverance). See www.yogainyork.co.uk/workshops.htm for dates
Her other general days are on yoga for the eight limbs, weight loss, confidence and seasonal yoga.
She does many IST and workshop dates a year and enjoys travelling around the UK.
Anna is available as a day or weekend tutor.
She works for hf holidays teaching yoga www.hfholidays.co.uk
She has written extensively on Yoga for Spectrum and other magazines and has recorded 2 relaxation CDs.
Anna travels by train.
Outline plan for the day
Programme for the Day:
THE MORNING SESSION
10.30am Arrivals, welcomes, names/introductions..Discuss concerns with anyone who has medical problems. Venue, fire and toilet procedures. Give out programme for the day. Discussion of three translations of Patanajalis yoga sutra 2.18. Background to Guna theory. Ask participants to complete Guna Questionnaire from Frawley's Yoga and Ayurveda. Questions and answers on how to complete Guna questionnaires
11 toilet break
11.15 Brainstorm on what someone in a state of Rajas is like and how yoga can bring healing.
Quotes from Frawley on admixtures of the gunas eg rajasic sattva, satvic rajas etc
Practical teaching of yoga asanas particularly suited to people in a state of Rajas fairly gentle style of practice. Relaxation and gentle, diffusive practice style reduces turbulence in the mind. Hand out on postures / practices to reduce Rajas
THE AFTERNOON SESSION
1.45 Questions and answers on practice to reduce Rajas. Quote from Frawley on how the Doshas and Gunas interact eg describing a sattvic Vata type as opposed to a rajasic Vata type
1.55 Brainstorm on why knowing which postures suit each Guna is useful for yoga teachers - for instance to teach therapeutically
2.10 Brainstorm on what someone in a mental health state of Tamas is like and how yoga can bring healing. Teaching of how to modify the Rajasic reduction sequence to suit a Tamasic mind state. Hand out on yoga to bring a Tamasic mind state towards Sattva. More vigorous style of practice
3.15 toilet break
3.25 Questions and answers on sequence to bring Tamas into harmony
Teaching of how to modify the Rajasic and Tamasic sequences to suit a person close to Sattva. Reaching for more meditative, quiet, subtle style of yoga practices including more pranayama, visualisation.
4.20 Questions and review of learning, Feedback forms, signing of attendance certificates
Bring your yoga equipment (mat, block, blanket, belt)
Bring your lunch
Course is aimed at all levels.
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About Anna SEMLYEN
Est 1996. Gentle, effective, evidence based yoga classes & private lessons to help you feel healthy & whole. Beginners are welcome. I offer posture yoga classes, breathing, meditation, relaxation, back care, laughter yoga, workplace & private lessons. Will come to you.
BWY Specialist Advisor on Back Care and Therapeutic Research. www.yogainyork.co.uk, Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs book and relaxations CD author based on an RCT with the University of York - www.yogaforbacks.co.uk. Teacher training tutor on private yoga lessons, back care, improving concentration, mental health gunas, Ayurvedic Doshas (constitution), falls awareness. Hfholidays.co.uk yoga leader