Tutor: Sabine DAHN
Date: 23rd October 2021
Time: 10:00 - 15:45
During this day of presentation, discussion, reflection and practical experience, Sabine shares her experience of working with students with mental health difficulties. She bases her work firmly on the Yoga Sutras deriving practical tools for the classroom from these philosophical foundations teaching diverse groups in and around Brighton,
Sabine (BWY, AYS) says, ’Following the teachings of TKV Desikachar, I respect the individuality of my students and their respective needs, encourage them to integrate compassionate self-observation into their asana and breath work and to create a link between their yoga practice and their everyday lives. Many of my students deal with mental health issues and my presentations are based on this experience.
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My teaching follows the tradition of T Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar of Chennai, India. Yoga, here, is understood to be a committed practice to maintain, or possibly restore, good health and wellbeing, to develop a clear, focussed mind and experience peace and contentment in our hearts. This understanding of yoga expresses itself in the use of simple practices and respectfully and skilfully adapting them to the needs, abilities and wishes of the individual. In posture work careful attention is placed on coordination of movement and breath, modifying postures according to need and effect, using postures in their dynamic as well as static applications, and carefully sequencing postures to achieve specific effects. Breath work, simple meditation practices and chanting can also form part of the practices. The Yoga Sutras define this approach to yoga as ‘Viniyoga’, the ‘appropriate application of yoga’.