Online Eight Limbs of Yoga Series - ASANA
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About The Event
This is an online event. Via Zoom.
Patanjali's eight-fold path offers guidelines for a meaningful and purposeful life. Delve into this prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline.
In Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means "eight limbs" (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one's health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.
3. ASANA - Posture
The physical aspect of yoga is the third step on the path to freedom, and if we’re being honest, the word asana here doesn’t refer to the ability to perform a handstand or an aesthetically impressive backbend, it means ‘seat’ - specifically the seat you would take for the practice of meditation. The only alignment instruction Patanjali gives for this asana is “sthira sukham asanam”, the posture should be steady and comfortable.
While traditional texts like the Hatha Yoga Pradipika list many postures such as Padmasana (lotus pose) and Virasana(hero pose) suitable for meditation, this text also tells us that the most important posture is, in fact, sthirasukhasana – meaning, ‘a posture the practitioner can hold comfortably and motionlessness’.
The idea is to be able to sit in comfort so we’re not ‘pulled’ by aches and pains of the body, or restlessness due to an uncomfortable position. Perhaps this is something to consider in your next yoga class if you always tend to choose the ‘advanced’ posture offered, rather than the one your body is able to attain: “In how many poses are we really comfortable and steady?”
*** Dates for all the "limbs"***:
PRATYAHARA - 16 MAY - 10 - 12.30pm
DHARANA - 6 JUNE - 2 - 4.30pm (afternoon time)
DHYANA - 18 JULY 2 - 4.30pm (afternoon time)
SAMADI - 19 JULY 10 - 12.30pm
Fee for 1 workshop: £10
All workshops will include:
- yoga practice (relevant to the limb), breathing, meditation and discussions about the particular limb.
Any questions please ring 0121 679 6055.
- Only ASANA limb£10£100£0