My first dip in Yoga philosophy as an adult was inadvertent – I went to Yoga class expecting it to be something like jazzercise and instead was introduced to a holistic form of moving meditation that integrated aspects of philosophy I had first become acquainted with as a college freshman. In addition to moving in a manner that challenged every aspect of my physical body, the instructor spoke of non-violence, moving in a way that nurtured my body, while also evoking the possibility that all beings everywhere could be happy and free. Though I loved the movement and the physical challenge, it was the nurturing sentiment beyond the poses that enlivened both my heart and spirit.
I was fortunate to have many teachers such as this, including one who very early on, before I ever took a teacher training program, gave me a copy of the Bhagavad Gita; a book that has transformed the way I approach Yoga and look at life. I have found that the more I read of these ancient texts, which are filled with timeless wisdom, the more meaningful my movement-based yoga practice has become. These texts provide insight into the very core of Yoga and can serve as a guide into the depths of exploring our hearts, bodies and minds.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share what I have learned and re-explore these texts during the upcoming series I am teaching at The People’s Yoga this November. The intention for this series of classes is to discover how these rich texts can apply to our modern lives, while also giving space for each individual to find a deeper connection to their own practice. We will start with key foundational principles and gradually expand upon them, weaving in new themes and ideas each week.
This will be an excellent opportunity for anyone, regardless of experience, who is interested in Yoga or spiritual inquiry to delve deeply into the heart of these ancient practices in a supportive and nurturing environment. Students newer to Yoga or its underlying philosophy, teachers, and teachers in training will all have the opportunity to learn core terminology and principles from a variety of traditions that will enliven their understanding of Yoga while also giving them the tools necessary for further exploration.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.