These sessions will enhance your understanding of yoga philosophy and deepen your practice, bringing to life the very heart of classical yoga. The focus on sounds, rhythm and breath brings about a balance to the nervous system and endocrine system, thereby reducing stress, and facilitating mindfulness and meditation.
A 6 week course to practice the traditional chanting of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, just as it has been chanted for thousands of years. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are the foundational text of Classical Yoga outlining the key teachings of yoga, which all traditions of Hatha Yoga refer to still today.
For example, Patanjali characterises this as the “8 limbs of yoga” which are still recognised today as the cornerstone of Hatha yoga. These are:
Yama and Niyama- the ethical precepts and practices to support you on your yoga journey, such as ahimsa,“non-violence” or “living peacefully”, “satya” truthfulness etc. Asana- posture work Pranayama- Breath practices to develop the prana (or life force) Pratyahara- taking your awarensss inwardly, or withdrawing the senses, to become more steady, mindful and focused Dharana- concentration, as a means to prepare for meditation Dhyana- Meditation, whereby one ceases to identify primarily with one’s own ego and recognises the interconnectedness of all beings limb meaning bliss, signifies the release from the limited ego-view and realisation of the interconnected nature of all beings, a profound Samadhi- the 8th liberation
The sessions will include gentle warming asana, yoga philosophy, chanting and guided meditation. We will warm the body and prepare the voice. The session will include the invocation to Patanjali and start at the beginning of the first chapter or pada. We will discuss the passage to be chanted, and learn the correct pronunciation and meaning of the words. From there we will chant in the correct cadence and meter and enjoy the acoustics of the studio!
Laura Gilmore studied the chanting of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with Sanskrit scholar Jayashree, a professor at Mysore university. She attended daily chanting sessions where she committed to memory much of this text. She continues to draw inspiration and practical life-tools from her study of the sutras.
No prior experience is necessary. Drop in available if you are already familiar with some Sanskrit and chanting. Otherwise please join from the beginning of the course.
Dates: 5th February - 12th March (6 week course)
Times: Wednesdays 19.30-21.00 with Laura
Cost: £60 for 6 weeks £12 drop-in
Drop in available if you are already familiar with some Sanskrit and chanting. Otherwise please join from the beginning of the course.
To book or for more information please visit our website www.bristolcityyoga.co.uk or call 0117 924 4414.