Aims of the Morning
1. The art of listening to the body in stillness and movement; exploring the body as sensation and what this means psychologically.
2. Looking at the quality of our breathing and the difference between spontaneous breathing and when there is manipulation.
1. To come to the experience of the body as spaciousness and energy, free of the patterns of memory and to maintain it through posture work.
2. Allowing the space between breaths and to breathe free of reaction as a preparation for meditation.
Aims of the Afternoon
1. Exploring the essential teachings of the Upanishads.
2. Looking at how we can share this subject in yoga classes.
1. Coming to know ourselves better through understanding some of the key topics of the Upanishads.
2. Having confidence to share these teachings with a yoga class.
Teaching Material Used On The Day
Hand-outs of summary of the approach plus passages from the Upanishads and modern teachers to be discussed.
Methods of presenting the subject
Short talk, discussion, question and answer, demonstration, experiential, and group work,
About the Tutor
Billy Doyle qualified with the BWY in 1980. He has also studied Alexander Technique, Feldenkraise, Eutony and Cranio-Sacral Therapy. He teaches yoga in the Kashmir Tradition, which was brought to the West by Jean Klein who Billy worked with for 15 years.
He has a deep love of the Indian non-duality tradition Advaita Vedanta, and is author of a poetic book on the subject, "The Mirage of Separation”. He is also the author of "Yoga in the Kashmir Tradition: the art of listening”. This book follows closely the teachings of Jean Klein. He teaches in London and runs retreats in UK and abroad. He has been invited over many years to take workshops and IST days in different yoga groups throughout UK.
Outline plan for the day
10.00: INTRODUCTION Outline of the day and talk on the subtle body.
10.10: YOGA SESSION
Beginning with lying on the back and giving weight to the ground.
Listening to the body - exploring the body as sensation with the help of
Followed by a series of movements and yoga postures, lying, sitting,
standing and inverted. These involve forward, back and side bends
plus rotations, as well as shoulder and neck exercises.
12.10: PRANAYAMA AND GUIDED MEDITATION
12.40: FEEDBACK AND QUESTIONS
2.00: GROUP DISCUSSION, divided in groups to discuss
different passages from the Upanishads and modern teachers.
- What is the meaning and how it relates to everyday life?
- How can it be shared with a yoga class?
- What misunderstandings can arise?
2.45: Presenting this to the whole group.
Coordinating the discussion.
3.30: GUIDED MEDITATION / RELAXATION