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6 DAY YOGA COURSE
The 6 Day Yoga Course is several years in development. Recognising a long time ago that drop-in classes were fruitless in teaching a true yoga practice, Donny began working a course that could be taught in one week and would provide a firm foundation as a personal practice.
Yoga is no different from any language; first you need to understand the foundational components and learn to practice them consistently, in a systematic way. Then you can build deeper levels on top of that.
The goal is that the student leaves the course with all the tools and understanding necessary to continue practicing and studying on their own, for years to come.
The Six Day Course includes theoretical lectures and discussions in the history and practices of Raja and Hatha yoga, daily instruction and workshops in kriya (purificatory exercises), asana, pranayama and meditation.
The main components are:
WHAT IS (TRADITIONAL) YOGA AND WHY WE NEED IT…?
Understand basically what the central aim of yoga is, what the difference between traditional and non-traditional yoga is and what problems a yoga practice can help to address both in our personal condition and for the good of others, and our planet.
A (VERY) BRIEF HISTORY OF YOGA
Yoga is a vast tradition with many different branches, approaches and practices. We will briefly zoom out to talk about Pre-Classical Yoga, Classical Yoga, Tantra and Hatha Yoga before zooming in on the two main areas we will concentrate on; the Classical Yoga of Patanjali (outlined in the Yoga Sutras), and the traditional practices of Hatha Yoga.
THE LIMBS OF RAJA & HATHA YOGA
Breaking down the main elements of practice as outlined in the Yoga Sutras and Hatha Yoga texts.
ESSENTIAL SUTRAS OF PATANJALI YOGA
A selection of the most pertinent sutras from this classic text and a discussion about their meaning and application in your own practice and daily life.
THE THEORY OF TANTRA, HATHA & KUNDALINI
A brief introduction to these terms and their actual meanings which are largely misunderstood, and how they inform our practice, especially later in our yogic development.
The six purificatory practices are: neti, kapalabhati kriya, nauli kriya, (vaman) dhauti, laghu shankha prakshala (basti) and trataka.
In the Level One Course you will learn the correct technique for:
(jala) neti: cleaning of the nasal passages and sinus with saline water.
kapalabhati kriya: a breathing technique performed before pranayama to prepare the body and mind for practice.
nauli kriya: a technique of ‘churning’ the abominal muscles to massage the internal organs.
ASANA, including UJJAYI BREATHING, DRSHTI & BANDHAS
Most people are familiar with the yoga asanas. Daily practice of yoga asanas has many benefits including strengthening the musculoskeletal system, improving flexibililty and mobility, improving the tone of the nervous system action, developing awareness of the body on a deep level, developing superior control of the breathing muscles, toning and bringing superior control to the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles and developing concentration.
It is important to note that although the physical benefits of yoga are very attractice, they are only positive side-effects, and the ultimate goal of yoga asana is to prepare the body and mind for the powerful work done in pranayama and meditation. Unless we are able to sit still for a long period without discomfort or agitation, we will not be successful in the higher goals of yoga.
In the 6 Day Course you will learn our fundamental asana arrangement, The Water Sequence, a set sequence of 35 postures linked with breath and movement in the vinyasa krama style. This sequence of asana is suitable for beginner to intermediate level students and has long and short forms, depending on the time one has to practice. Once memorised, this sequence can be taken anywhere in the world with you and practiced for as many years as is necessary to master it.
Students will received written materials to help them take their practice home with them.
(STAGE 1) PRANAYAMA (Breath Waves, Digital and Metronomic Counting, Nadi Shuddhi/Shodhana, Bhramari Pranayama, Sitkari/Sitali)
Pranayama is the practices of yogic breath control. It can be argued that pranayama is the core practice of hatha yoga. Pranayama is often taught in a very superficial way with little true understanding of how to perform the techniques, how to progress, or even what the goal is!
We will learn the most important concepts in pranayama practice, nadi and nadi balance, svara, controlling the pattern of the breathing in the appropriate way (breath waves), counting with the fingers and metronome to free up the mind for visualisation (digital and metronomic counting) and the core breathing techniques and how they are progressed in much the same way one progresses in physical exercises.
This course aims to carefully teach all of these techniques and leave you with a pranayama practice you can use every day, with correct understanding and a path of progression. As with asana, the nice benefits of better health, better mood and better ability to relax are mere side-benefits of pranayama. The actual goal is deep personal transformation and re-programming of the mental ‘operating system’, and ultimately our eventual yogic meditation is embedded inside the pranayama practice.
INTRODUCTION TO YOGIC MEDITATION
Yogic Meditation refers here to the meditative practices intended to raise kundalini, a concept deeply embedded in tantric yoga, of which hatha yoga is essentially a part. The concepts and techniques are many, and often quite confusing for the beginner. A very proficient pranayama practice is expected before embarking on yogic meditation, but we will learn the basics and the differences between yogic meditation and more common (Buddhist / mindfulness) meditation techniques.
Anapana meditation is a technique used in some Buddhist traditions. It essentially consists of watching the breath, but goes much deeper than that. Although not strictly part of the hatha yoga system, it has its own benefits and we will learn the technique.
All of this will be learned in such a way that it can be incorporated into a daily practice of 1 – 2 hours, and set you up for continued development and transformation on the yogic path.
2.5 – 3.5 hours in the morning, 1 – 2 hours in the afternoon. There will be plenty of time in the afternoon for lunch, rest and exploration of the island, etc.
(not including accommodation)
(including beautiful hostel accommodation in shared room)
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DEPOSIT: 5000 TWD (non-refundable)
October 1 – 6 (COMPLETE)
November 5 – 10 (COMPLETE)
December 3 – 8 (OPEN)
To book your place on a course use the CONTACT page.