Yoga: What, When, Where, Who, How and Why?
7 - 9.30pm Friday 24 October 2014
What's yoga all about and what's it got to do with me and my life?
When, where and how does 'yoga' happen?
What are its origins? Who is it for? What is a 'yogi'?
And what about yoga 'practice'?
How and why does yoga work, and why is it important in our world today?
In this talk James will answer these questions and more, bringing the practical teachings of the yoga tradition clearly into the context of our lives today.
Themed Asana Exploration – Cultivating Balance and Harmony
10am - 12.30pm Saturday 25 October 2014
What are we really doing when we practice yogasana? Using the classical definitions of yoga and asana as our frame, we will explore how the meaning and symbolism encoded in the names of the asana-s can provide multi-layered practical guidance to inform and empower our practice as we use it to cultivate the experience of unity, balance and integration. This workshop class will unlock some of the beautiful layers of instruction within the Sanskrit names and terms for practice, and work with principles that can be applied to and enhance any style/modality of yogasana practice.
12.30 - 2pm Vegetarian Lunch
One of the key teachings of Yoga, emphasised in the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutra-s, is that practice is really everything we do. Here, we will consider eating as a joyful yoga practice transforming lunch into a nourishing exercise in mindfulness.
Discussion - The Eight Limbs & You: Astanga as a Frame for Life
2 - 4pm Saturday 25 October 2014
Always practical, yoga works with robust principles that can help us navigate the challenges of life and transform them into opportunities. The eight mutually supportive limbs – the astanga – provide a wonderfully inclusive framework and powerful lenses to help us live in a way that is in line with our true desires and highest interests. James will show clearly how you can work with the eight limbs whether you practice asana (postures) in any style or not.
Kirtan with James
4.15 - 5.30pm Saturday 25 October 2014
Join James in the blissful practice of Kirtan and experience it as a rewarding and powerful part of yoga practice. James will also speak briefly about Sanskrit as an energy based language and how Kirtan relates to other paths of yoga. Everyone's welcome, the chanting will be call and response - no need to know the words or hold a tune!
Themed Asana Exploration - Solar Power: Surya Namaskara
10am - 12.30pm Sunday 26 October 2014
The Surya Namaskara or Sun Salutation is a foundation practice in many yogasana modalities. Here, we will explore how it serves as a microcosm of the whole course of yoga practice and can be harnessed to help us skillfully cultivate the qualities that invite greater space, freedom, potential and harmony into all aspects of our lives.
12.30 - 2pm Vegetarian Lunch
Using another delicious meal as our support, we'll Focus on nourishing the centre, experiencing our meal as a means of holistic nourishment, transforming it into a practice to cultivate gratitude.
Discussion – The Bhagavad Gita and You
2 - 4pm Sunday 26 October 2014
Treasured in all yoga lineages, the Bhagavad Gita is set on the battlefield, the teaching given in the middle, between the two sets of armies. And this is where yoga happens, right in the thick of it, in the middle of the whirling wonder of life. The task of the yogic 'warrior' is to establish and then safeguard the peace. With images of arresting power and memorable beauty, the Gita tells us clearly how to do this.
In this talk James will focus on key, practical and inclusive teachings of the Gita: the 'secrets' of the yoga tradition; how we can transform difficulties into opportunities; yoga as balance and skillfulness; how we can work with the gifts of our bodies, senses and minds to live in deeper peace and happiness.
Kirtan with James
4.15 - 5.30pm Sunday 26 October 2014
Kirtan is the practice of using sound to facilitate a state of deep integration and relaxation, and its call and response chanting is a long way outside what many of us feel comfortable with. Explore beyond your comfort zone, stretch yourself and be adventurous!
James Boag: A Biography
James teaches yoga as a holistic life practice around the world, and is renowned 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. James' practice and teaching grow from their roots in the Shankaracaraya Vedic tradition and the school of Kashmir Shaivism. He's been teaching yoga and leading kirtan regularly since 2003 and teaching since 1993. Since 2008, James has spent over half his time in Mysore, where he completed an MA in Sanskrit in 2012, and where he also leads kirtan and courses on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras attended by international students of many of Mysore's renowned yogasana teachers.
Full Weekend £140 inclusive of lunch both days
Individual Day (Saturday/Sunday) £70 inclusive of lunch
Morning Session £40 (inclusive of lunch) / Afternoon session £30 / Kirtan £10 / Friday Night Session £30