Gain new perspectives and clarity on the practical applications of yoga and bring the teachings of yoga into all aspects of your life with the inspirational James Boag.
Yoga is all about achieving integration, harmony, balance and optimum health in everything that we do. Over this weekend you'll learn how to use the classical teachings of practical yoga philosophy as tools to support you in that.
Friday 10 April 2015
6.30 - 9pm Yoga: Hanuman and Leaping over the Ocean
Discover and deepen your understanding of the practical, real-life teachings of yoga with this evening of live storytelling and interpretation from the beating heart of the living yoga tradition.
Like Star Wars, the stories of the yoga tradition are set in a time far, far away, yet they speak vividly to us today. Really, they are set in the here and now of our lives: the colourful characters and fantastic adventures communicate timeless truths in ways we can relate to and draw support from as we navigate the challenges and opportunities of a human life.
Here, James will share and interpret one of the most celebrated episodes of the Indian epic Ramayana and unpack some of its rich wisdom in the context of our lives today.
Saturday 11 April 2015
Yoga and the Art of Living and Dying
Everything that is born will die. Death is intrinsic to life. Without the space of the exhale, there is no room for new growth. In contemporary mechanistic and material cultures, these truths are often shunned. The disregard for the basic laws of Nature is one of the key causes of the diseased imbalance we see in the world today. Yoga however, teaches us to pay attention and be more and more honest with ourselves, stripping away the veils that hide our unique, essential gifts. Here we will explore how a closer relationship with the cycles of nature in and all around us can help us find deeper harmony and satisfaction in all aspects of our lives.
10am - 12.30pm Themed Asana Exploration - The Art of Living and Dying
Working with principles to help ensure that our asana practice can be a sustainable support the length of our lives, we will explore how each asana and each practice session can be seen as a life cycle, and a means that can help us learn to embody the Art of Living and Dying: learning to meet the opportunities and challenges of each unfolding moment of life in ways that invite deeper peacefulness and integration.
12:30 - 2pm Vegetarian Lunch
2 - 5.30pm The Art of Living - Discussion, Meditation & Kirtan
'If you want to be spontaneous, you've got to be prepared.' David Hockney
What does it mean to live 'artfully'? How can yoga practices and principles help us to come to know ourselves more intimately and express our unique gifts more fully? Practical consideration of the artist in the context of yoga.
Sunday 12 April 2015
Yoga: Darkness and Light
In yoga and spiritual practices, we often hear about the importance of the light. However, as we practice, we discover that it is often darkness that gives birth to our greatest insights, the most beautiful things sprout in the dark and times of shadowy fear can push us into abiding growth.
10am - 12:30pm Themed Asana Exploration - Embracing the Darkness and Dccepting the Light ?
Yoga recognises that all of life is pulsation: expansion and contraction, opening and closing, darkness and light. Here, we will explore how we can work with the reality of the duality we experience in our lives and in ?sana practice to help us expand the space of the centre to access greater efficiency and completion in all we do.
12:30-2:00pm Vegetarian Lunch
2 - 5.30pm Learning to See in the Dark - Discussion, Meditation & Kirtan
The patterns that bind and limit us often reside 'in the dark' beyond our conscious awareness. Fear, our greatest enemy, uses the dark and the unknown, as its fuel. The yogic warrior, or spiritual hero, learns how to make friends with the dark, to explore the not so obvious places that have so much to teach us, and in effect to be able to 'see' in the dark, and so harness the power of dark times to incubate growth and evolution.
Profile of James
James teaches applied yoga philosophy around the world and is known for bringing the traditional, scriptural teachings of yoga to vivid life, in ways which make clear their relevance and practical application in our lives today. His powerful kirtans invite participants to bathe in rich sound; cleansing, energising, and heightening awareness of the depth and glory of our inner selves.
James' practice and teaching grow from their roots in the Shankaracarya Vedic tradition and the school of Kashmir Shaivism. His classes are infused with the 'ras' or flavour of joy associated with the devotional practice of kirtan, and of the bliss which is seen as underlying everything in the beautiful teachings of Shaivism.
He has been teaching yoga and leading kirtan regularly since 2003 and teaching since 1993. In 2005, while he was teaching English at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, James began studying Sanskrit. From 2008-2012, James spent about half his time in Mysore, where he completed his MA in Sanskrit, and where he continues to lead kirtan and courses on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras, attended by international students of many Mysore's renowned yogasana teachers.
Full Weekend £155 inclusive of lunch both days
Individual Day (Saturday/Sunday) £75 inclusive of lunch
Morning Session £45 (inclusive of lunch) / Afternoon session £45
Friday Night Session £30