Yoga Tree Workshop

Yoga’s Ethics & Vinyasa Basics with Debra Murphy
Date: Sat , Sun   6/26/2010 – 6/27/2010
Time: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: Yoga Tree of Boise (at the intersection of Fort and Washington)


Yoga’s Ethics & Vinyasa Basics What is the relationship between the ancient Yogic scriptures, especially the Bhagavad Gita & the Yoga Sutras and vinyasa? How can the story of an ancient battle in India have anything to do with our practice here today? How can these ideas be combined? Let alone, in a weekend workshop? Granted, scholars spend decades penetrating the truths expounded in these scriptures. We could easily devote an entire teacher training to just that. However, there are basic tenets that, as Ravi Ravindra says “deem the Bhagavad Gita as absolutely essential for an understanding of yoga; it is a text par excellence on yoga, as is the Yoga Sutra.” The Bhagavad Gita holds key source teachings on the nature of yoga. The Yoga Sutras draw from these source texts to summarize the key teachings. The Gita is how we learn the teachings summarized in the Sutras, revealing the means of knowledge. In this workshop, we’ll explore these tenets and discuss how the Gita and the Sutras affect our personal practice, our daily lives and our teaching of yoga. We’ll see how the Gita is really a metaphor for the battle we fight each day to resolve inner conflicts, to bring balance, compassion and grace to our lives and fulfill our potential to become complete human beings. We’ll see how our teaching of yoga and our understanding of vinyasa is grounded in concepts put forth in these scriptures. Vinyasa – “nyasa = to place, vi = in a special way”. It’s not just a random sequence of action, but one that awakens & sustains consciousness. As we bring the techniques of vinyasa to bear throughout our lives, we open to pathways of balance and understanding. As Desikachar says, ” Vinyasa is, I believe, one of the richest concepts to emerge from Yoga for the successful conduct of our actions and relationshps. “Vinyasa requires that we cultivate an awareness that links each action to the next, one breath at a time”, Shiva Rea. This workshop is intended as an introduction showing the connections between these ideas and to catalyze your own philosophy. It is just a beginning journey and intended as a jumping off point to your own studies. In preparing, no reading of the scriptures is necessary….but can be helpful. In your manual, you’ll see a description of the texts in the History section. Of course you can always google….I found a fun audio version of the Gita on iTunes by Jacob Needleman (for free!). You can see an excellent article by Shiva Rea in the Asana section of your manual….or google Vinyasa: The Yogic Art of Conscious Evolution. Some of you I know are scholars of these scriptures. I welcome your input!!! So, come on a journey with me, Arjuna & Krishna and other students into deep timeless truths and discover how yoga is much more than just moving through postures! I would love to get an idea of who is coming to McCall this weekend for the workshop. And also, let me know if anyone is wanting to stay here or if you need a ride so I can connect you with other travelers. I’ve listed the topics & times below, not sure if we’ll make it all the way through it all…..but we can certainly try! Originally, I had also included Sustainable Yoga in this weekend. I’ll have the handout for you, but this topic will be more of an integration into the other ideas as opposed to a separate section. To me, this makes sense. Hopefully it does to you too! Saturday – 9 – 10:20 Level 1 & 2 Yoga Class (vinyasa) 10:30 – 12:30 Lecture & Discussion “Historical & Thematic link between the Gita & the Yoga Sutras”. This will include a summary of the Gita, the Sutras and how they relate to vinyasa. 12:30 – 1 lunch break 1 – 4:30 Vinyasa Basics: Background, Principles & Vocabulary (begins with lecture & discussion, ends with some physical practice exploring these concepts) Sunday – 9 – 10 meet @ the studio for Q & A 10 – 11:30 Viniyoga (Yoga Therapy) class 11:30 – 12 lunch break 12 – 1:00 Discussion of the Yamas & Niyamas & Vinyasa 1:15 – 2:45 Practice of Principles of vinyasa…asana, pranayama, bandha, dristhi, balancing opposites, counterposes 2:25 – 3 Break 3 – 4:30 Practice in small groups of mini – vinyasas.
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