Practical Philosophy: Yamas + Niyamas




20th December

Image by Eugene Golovesov

About the Course

To know some of the the Yogic principles is to know why exactly you are doing these movements in the first place. In other words, the ideas that are inherent in the Yogic scriptures give us some context for all this content.

In this workshop we'll be looking at the Yamas and Niyamas which are in important component of the Ashtanga Yoga system propounded by Patanjali 2,500 years ago. Now if you've never heard of them, don't worry. No previous knowledge is required. Infact, no previous knowledge is probably a better place to take this in!

For now all you need to know is that the Yamas & Niyamas are 10 points or truths about how we live our life and interact with the world. Sometimes you'll see it sold as a set of do's and don'ts, but to be honest this isn't always very prodcutive nor true to the deeper meaning behind it all (in my humble understanding).

The workshop we'll be as follows:

  • we'll look at each Yama & Niyama in the form of discussion

  • discuss there wider meanings outside 'morals'

  • see how we can take them into our daily life, into our current mood, into our realtionships.

  • complete some journaling exercises as a way to set the intention to bring these principles into the new year

  • have a short physical practice to feel these teachings as they unfold within the movement

This will be 90 minutes to 2 hours. You'll need a pen, notepad, cushions, cup of tea and a yoga mat! If you have any questions please feel free to ask.