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We’d like to welcome our wonderful guest teachers, Jane Craggs and Louise Tanner to Yoga Kula. We’ve taken some time to speak with them ahead of our Grounding Sutras workshop on October 21st. If you’re interested in the philosophy of yoga, this is fab workshop not to miss!

The first question we’d like to ask before we start exploring the philosophy behind them, is what are Yoga Sutras? 

The Yoga Sutras are one of a number of ancient texts, written around 2000 years ago. They are referred to as Darshanas (systems) which explain how we can realise our true self. The Yoga Sutras were written by Patanjali, and the teaching is based upon his life experience rather than inference. This means he has followed these practices and achieved all the advanced states of mental control he describes ultimately achieving enlightenment.

How important is knowledge of philosophy in everyday yoga practice?

The second chapter of the Yoga Sutras was written for people living ordinary lives – rather than living as monks. These are practices to support our everyday human experience, in particular the practices of yogic mindfulness to steady and focus our mischievous minds which can often distract us from our thoughts – and these practices can be used both on and off the mat.

Will the session be primarily theoretical or practical?

The session will be approximately three quarters practice and a quarter theory, which will be weaved into the practical elements of our session.

You mentioned Bhavana (yogic contemplation and visualisation) and sound in the workshop details. Will you be exploring this too?

In the Yoga sutras, Bhavana is understood to be recalling an actual inner experience of peace and serenity. It is not the same as imagining something one has never experienced. It is one of the inner mindfulness practices: it can be used along with the breath, sound or physical experience to intensify focus and create a positive shift in our mental state. This can develop mental stability and lightness, leading to the experience of personal integration, peace and a sense of wholeness.

What is an embodied yoga practice?

We often find our minds spend the majority of the time roaming, paying little attention to in the present moment. As a result, there is little focus on our body or breath.An embodied yoga practice uses the support of the breath to focus the mind into an integrated, present moment experience.

What inspires your yoga practice?

Yoga practices can be made available to anyone, regardless of their current physical and mental status.  It is accessible and open to all and that’s something really special to be a part of.

Does a student need to have previous yoga experience before attending? 

We would ask that students have experience of practicing yoga, as this session is aimed towards students wanting to deepen their current practice, as well as yoga teacher trainees. This time together will be spent developing an understanding of the methodology, technologies and art of this practice.

Can you sum up the afternoon in 3 words?

Wait and see!!

Click here to book your space on our Grounding Sutras workshop with Jane Craggs and Louise Tanner on October 21st at 11am.

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