with Gregor Maehle
Covering asana, kriya, pranayama, meditation and much more…
Yama and Niyama: The yamas and niyamas are the foundations of yoga. Why are they important? What is the difference between applying them from the outside and experiencing them from the inside out? Why some traditions do not mention them? What happens if we over- or under-emphasize them?
Asana: Why classical vinyasa yoga is the ideal foundation for Patanjali yoga and why vinyasa-less yoga is not based on scripture. What are Ashtanga Vinyasaʼs connections to the Yoga Sutra in its sequential and simultaneous applications?
Sanskrit Chanting and Mantra: Sanskrit is the sacred, ancient language of Yoga. The yogis say that knowledge is encrypted in sound. Correct pronunciation will lead to yogic knowledge because Sanskrit is encrypted yogic knowledge.
Kriya: The kriyas (shatkarmas) have two functions: firstly they are powerful methods of purification of the body and secondly their advanced versions are important ancillaries for the process of raising Kundalini. As purification exercises they support the work of the postures and are especially important for people who live in large cities.
Pranayama: Pranayama is the prime yogic method to achieve radiant health and spiritual fulfilment. It is the link to connect posture practice with meditation and it is the axial limb of yoga. We look at the fundamentals required to establish a successful pranayama practice (asana, mitahara, Bandha and Kriya) and trace pranayamaʼs sources in yogic scripture.
Pratyahara: How is pratyahara related to the yamas, niyamas? Various techniques of pratyahara based on asana, pranayama and meditation are introduced.
Mudras: Mudras are a large group of yogic techniques that are designed to divert subtle energy (prana) into a particular direction for a particular yogic purpose. They are powerful tools to achieve success in asana, pranayama, kundalini raising and meditation.
Dharana and Dhyana: We will enquire why Kundalini is not mentioned in the Yoga Sutra? Kundalini is the coiled life force and engine of spiritual evolution. If left resting at the base of the spine we are enslaved by our urges and desires.
Samadhi: What are the exact differences between dharana, dhyana and Samadhi? What are the various ways of attaining Samadhi (Bhramar, Yoni, Nadanusandhana etc) and what are the main avenues (Jnana, Karma, Bhakti)?
Gregor teaches an anatomically sophisticated interpretation of traditional vinyasa yoga, integrated into the practice of the higher limbs in the spirit of Patanjali and T. Krishnamacharya.
£180 for 12 hours (£160 earlybird before February 28th)
Saturday June 1st, 11.00am-2.00pm and 3.30-6.30pm
Sunday June 2nd, 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.30-5.30pm