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A MORE SKILLFUL AND SUSTAINABLE LIFE
Learning more about yoga philosophy can help us to lead a more skillful and more sustainable life. This course (the first of a series of courses exploring yoga philosophy) will introduce Patanjali’s ‘eight-limbed path’. You will gain an insight into the values ancient yogis pursued, why meditation and breathing are emphasised so much and the importance of relaxing into your true self. This course is made up of a series of down-to-earth talks guiding you through the eight limbs with suggestions of applying these off the mat. These are followed by movement (asana) classes which give you the opportunity to apply your learning to the mat. Live discussions and Q&As compliment the recorded classes so you can explore deeper.
This course includes:
- 32 Classes (16 talks & 16 movement classes)
- 3 Live discussions and Q&As in the movers' group
- Discussionw with Vidya and Rakhee. All in the movers' group You can catch up now with Vidya's first talk and Rakhee's talk.
- Accompanying blogs and podcasts
WHAT TO EXPECT AND HOW TO PRACTICE THIS COURSE
During this course you will alternate between applying the yoga sutras to your daily life and to applying these on the mat. Each day you will be introduced to one element from Patanjali’s eight limbed path. After you listen to the talk, allow it to permeate through your day and see if you are able to apply any of it to your daily life. This is the same when it comes to your movement classes. We have specially selected classes that tie in with the talk posted in the previous step. Are you able to apply the principles to this class?
WHO WAS PATANJALI
The yoga sutras are 196 short pithy phrases or aphorisms relating to the theory and practice of yoga. It is believed that a sage called Patanjali compiled these sometime between 500 and 400 BCE. Someone called Patanjali also compiled a Sanskrit grammar and wrote significant texts about Ayurveda, but there’s no evidence that this is the same man. The yoga sutra draws on various traditions of the time and is the founding book of a school of philosophy known as ‘yoga’. The text covers many different things but one of the most significant is the ‘eight-limbed path’ we will be exploring over the coming weeks.
Watch this short video from Vidya to find out more about Patanjali and how we might apply ancient wisdom to our modern lives.
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The First Yama: Ahimsa
15:32 | Vidya Heisel
The first limb is Yama, and this limb is divided into five restraints. The first of which is Ahimsa, or non-violence. Vidya talks through what non-violence means and how it is practiced.
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Yoga For Happiness (4): Kindness
30:41 | Nikita Akilapa
In this gentle vinyasa yoga class, the focus is on ahimsa (non violence). In the body, we can work with soft negotiation rather than force or brutality. In the mind, we can be aware of the tone with which we speak to ourselves. Pay attention to what you ask of your body in today's practice; notice when you are forcing it to do something it doesn't want to do / ignoring or overriding body wisdom. Pay attention to the internal dialogue and notice the tone of internal dialogue. Make a note of any recurring thoughts. Finally, write a mantra, something supportive and loving, that you can repeat to yourself (e.g. you are perfect as you are).
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The second Yama: Satya
11:59 | Vidya Heisel
The second Yama is Satya, or truth. In this talk, Vidya explores this yama and how we can interpret it as a means to be vulnerable, be our true selves and see the world subjectively.
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Yoga For Happiness (1): Honesty
37:42 | Nikita Akilapa
This is the first class in Nikita's Yoga for Happiness Series. This is a nourishing and supportive, mindfully paced vinyasa flow yoga class. A perfect to start your day with mindfulness, openness and honesty. With slowness to the flow comes depth of feeling and depth of breath. This class isn't complicated, but it does require that you come to the mat being honest with yourself, your needs or your limits; the boundaries being set by the body. Enjoy a simple, well rounded flow class where you'll find you're able to build self-kindness and self-confidence through an honest acceptance of your body in the here and now. The Yoga For Happiness Series is designed to help us move towards self-acceptance - meeting ourselves where we are, as we are, without judgement. This set of nourishing and supportive classes will invite you to really see yourself, both on and off the mat.
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The Third Yama: Asteya
08:12 | Vidya Heisel
The third Yama is Asteya, which is non-stealing. This means we should not be taking for oneself other people's time, objects and ideas. Vidya also explores the idea of not coveting what others have and being dissatisfied with what you do have, and how we can practice the opposite of that.
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Flow and Restore 1
36:58 | Clive Fogelman
The perfect yoga class for when you need the benefit of an active flow and a restorative practice. It is ideal for when you're tired or overwhelmed and need to give yourself permission to restore, but the body and mind aren’t ready just to be still and lie down. Start with a replenishing, gentle, flowing movement practice and then transition into nurturing restorative poses.You will need a bolster and a block. Check out Clive’s second Flow & Restore class.
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The Fourth Yama: Brahmacharya
20:24 | Vidya Heisel
The fourth Yama is Brahmacharya, which means celebacy. Traditionally in India, young men would choose between being a wandering yogi or a householder, but today it is acceptable to practice a spiritual life and yoga, and be a householder. But how is this Yama relevent to our lives today in the West when celebacy is not a common way to live?
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01:06:00 | Adrianna Zaccardi
Although we may believe the restorative yoga is best before bed, this practice has been designed for you to practice first thing in the morning, so that you may experience the level of presence and vitality as it filter through your day. Granted this may be on the weekend, but do try it and experience first hand your vitality through this nourishing restorative practice.
The Fifth Yama: Aparigraha
09:43 | Vidya Heisel
The fifth and final Yama is Aparigraha, which means 'freedom from greed'. This is one of the key tenants of Buddhism; that we are suffering because we are full of desire. Our ego is always needing or craving something, but our true self is already whole. More things does not necessarily fulfil that hole inside of us!
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Effort Without Struggle
57:14 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
In doing yoga, we can learn from the Buddha’s wisdom of working with right effort. This practice will look at how we can move through a practice and learn to identify when we’re putting in healthy effort, or when our effort feels a bit more like a struggle! There will be some strong arm balances like one-legged crow (eka pada galavasana) where we can play our edge, but also moments of surrender. Hope you enjoy it.
The First Niyama: Saucha
17:30 | Vidya Heisel
The Niyamas are observances, the first of which is Saucha, which means purity. Both of cleanliness of the body and the space of around us, and purity of thoughts, intentions and behaviour.
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Balance Into Happiness
20:33 | Zephyr Wildman
Take this class whenever you need to ditch negative thoughts and move into positivity. Plenty of balances and stretches with peak poses of crow and shoulder stand, the rest is achievable for everyone!
The Second Niyama: Santosha
07:02 | Vidya Heisel
The second Niyama is Santosha, which means contentment. We can look at this Niyama in a couple of ways; to practice contentment with who we are and what we have, and to practice the Yama of Aparigraha, or freedom from greed.
|07:02||Vidya Heisel||All Levels|
Yoga For Happiness (2): Gratitude
34:30 | Nikita Akilapa
Adopting an attitude of gratitude is a game-changer for journeying into joy. Gratitude for your breath and your body; gratitude for your relationships and experiences; gratitude for who you are and what you bring to the world; gratitude for the opportunity to see yourself clearly and non judgementally. This beautifully paced and sequenced vinyasa flow yoga class has shoulder and upper back opening focus, great to release tight shoulders and stiffness in the upper back and perfect to open the heart to gratitude. This class is about shifting from our habitual responses. You will need two bricks.
The Third Niyama: Tapas
15:42 | Vidya Heisel
The third Niyama is Tapas, which means self-discipline. It also translates as 'burning' which can be looked at in a few different ways, including a burning passion for leading a spiritual yogic life.
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Transformation Through Tapas
01:09:27 | Kristin Campbell
A strong and empowering, spiritually uplifting, intelligently sequenced, alignment-based Hatha yoga class which will leave you feeling balanced, grounded and calm. With plenty of backbends, as well as balances and twists, this is a wonderful class to explore the full spectrum of a hatha yoga, whilst retaining aligment. Also wrist-free options. You may need a block.
The Fourth Niyama: Svadyaya
09:47 | Vidya Heisel
The fourth Nimaya is Svadyaya, or study. Traditional it relates to the study of the scriptures which resonate with you. But it also means self-study; contemplating ones own mind, motivations and human nature.
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Master Of Energy, Master Of Awareness
01:04:26 | Leila Sadeghee
Become a master of energy with this full-length prana-fuelling yoga class. Perfect for when life is challenging and you're looking for a deeper awareness to help you navigate. In these practices we're building a vessel to expand our awareness, so we can engage with life in a vibrantly creative way. This is a luscious and soulful practice that incorporates visualisation with the yoga. With plentiful planks and many long holds, you'll find your core fired up and your strength will be challenge! This is a challenging class but simply do your best to work on your personal power!
The Fifth Niyama: Isvara Pranidhana
14:16 | Vidya Heisel
The fifth and final Niyama is Isvara Pranidhana, or surrender to the absolute. This Niyama is all about how we respond to occurances beyond our control; are we a victim living in fear or can we see and embrace the beauty in the unknown?
|14:16||Vidya Heisel||All Levels|
Quiet Mind, Deep Surrender
23:10 | Lucy McCarthy
A meditative, peace-inducing practice to calm the busy mind and drop deeply into the body. Perfect for when there is inner chaos and a tired body. With a focus on breath-work, there are some standing poses to help harmonise body and breath and create an inner calm. A great class for before bedtime or towards the end of the day to start a peaceful evening. You will need a block & eye-bag.
The Third Limb: Asana
17:53 | Vidya Heisel
Patanjali's third limb of yoga is Asana, or the physical practice of yoga. Despite there being very little mention of yoga postures in the Sutras, asana traditional refers to the practicing of sitting for meditation, which then evolved to encompass the yoga poses we know today.
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The Psoas: A Workshop
53:54 | Catherine Annis
The psoas muscles are among the deepest muscles in our bodies. They are involved in almost every movement - from walking and running to sitting, and throughout our yoga practice. However, we often find it difficult to consciously feel them, or even know where they are within us. Join this class to learn where they are and some simple approaches to help with accessing this key area, and give it time and space to release. Working the Psoas be helpful for those with lower back pain, or who are feeling tired and lacking in energy. You will need a bolster and a belt.
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The Fourth Limb: Pranayama
14:48 | Vidya Heisel
The fourth limb of Patanjali's path is Pranayama which means life force energy. It is thought that the more of this life force energy we can cultivate, the more healthy, awake, alive and aware we will be, and the greater our longevity. Learn about some of the different types of breath work used to practice pranayama.
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Flow Towards Freedom: Vibrant Vitality
35:21 | Lucy McCarthy
A fabulous, uplifting, awakening yoga class to super-charge your life force energy! This class will leave you feeling bright, alert and ready for action. Including breathwork, kapalabhati breathwork some juicy core work, and the peak of royal dancer with a strap. This class is all about connecting to your life force energy, prana, and tuning into to its power potency, and is a wonderful class to get you moving in the morning!
|35:21||Lucy McCarthy||All Levels|
The Fifth Limb: Pratyahara
10:33 | Vidya Heisel
The fifth limb of yoga is Pratyahara which means withdrawal of the senses or turning inwards. This refers to the first step of meditation after laying the groundwork with the practices in the previous limbs. Withdraw from external stimulus by turning off your phone or retreating to a quiet room for a time and take your attention inwards.
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10 Min Meditation Break: Sensory Awareness
10:22 | Clive Fogelman
A short mindfulness practise focusing on the senses that can be done anywhere, anytime, any place. This is great for steadiness, grounding and relaxation.
|10:22||Clive Fogelman||All Levels|
The Sixth Limb: Dharana
08:50 | Vidya Heisel
Patanjali's sixth limb of yoga is Dharana, which means concentration. This limb is all about refining your ability to focus and concentrate, so your mind doesn't wander and resist the practice.
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Cultivating Our Inner Light
42:26 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
A beautiful flow to open the heart, warm the back and still the mind. In the Yoga Sutra, the busy mind is described as quieting down through a number of ways: lengthening the breath, concentration on objects, or on experiences in deep sleep or dream states. It is also suggested that the mind can be quieted by concentration on the ever-present source of light that is believed to dwell inside the human heart. This light grows brighter when we do practices – like polishing a jewel that begins to shine and reflects the light all around it. We’ll look at ways to work with sunlight and moonlight in this fluid vinyasa-based sequence, and help awaken the source of light within each of us.
The Seventh Limb: Dhyana
16:17 | Vidya Heisel
The seventh limb of yoga is Dhyana, or meditation. The eight limbs of yoga represent the path of meditation, which is considered to be the greatest tool in our yoga practice to help us experience Samadhi by understanding and mastering the mind to experience equanimity and balance.
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Meditation: Intimacy with Being Here
22:08 | Mimi Kuo-Deemer
In this mindfulness-based meditation, we will cultivate the intimacy of being here – continually present and awake. Sounds good, right? The problem is, we’re usually anywhere BUT here. Usually we are caught up in various stories, or contracted around our own set of problems. This is what the Buddha described as the I, ME, MINE condition. When we train our minds to recognise this happening, we can shift this state. When this happens, experience can open up again. We hear sounds around us, breath moving, body sensing and feeling. We can suddenly be here again, in the intimacy of things; awake to the miracle of being alive.
|22:08||Mimi Kuo-Deemer||All Levels|
The Eighth Limb: Samadhi
14:48 | Vidya Heisel
In this yoga philosophy class, we explore the concept of Samadhi. Samadhi is the eighth and final limb of Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga, and it means enlightenment. This can be quite a challenging concept for us to grasp, but it is often thought of as freedom from the limited sense of self.
|14:48||Vidya Heisel||All Levels|
Homecoming To Wholeness Relaxation Meditation
10:11 | Lucy McCarthy
A deeply relaxing meditation journey through the give layers to leave you deeply relaxed and holistically connecting you to your entire being. Wonderful as a savasana, or anytime you need to pause, re-set and relax.
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