Pactical Patanjali: “Exploration of Yoga Sutras & Natural Movement
Week June 4th to 10th:
Yoga Sutra-s, Natural Movement and Hiking, with focus on key teachings from Yoga Sutra-s Chapter One.
Week June 11th to 17th:
Yoga Sutra-s, Natural Movement and Hiking, with focus on key teachings from Yoga Sutra-s Chapter Two.
In both weeks:
In-depth, multi-element exploration of how we can bring the practical gifts of yoga into all aspects of our lives.
These retreats are intended as holistic, refreshing, educational experiences.
Each week, working with the wonderfully practical Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra-s as our support, we will explore what it really means to uncover and deepen our capacity to inhabit and embody the space of the centre, in relation to ourselves, others and our environment; and consider how we can cultivate the harmonising power of yoga in the thick of life.
During these retreats we will explore yoga principles of balance, integration and efficiency through a range of mutually complementary lenses:
- Yoga Sūtra-s exposition and inquiry: working with classic, inclusive and foundational teachings of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra-s, direct from the Sanskṛt original, so we can begin to cultivate a live, ongoing, personal relationship with the practical wisdom of this miracle, mirror text. Key teachings from Chapter One June 4-10, and from Chapter 2 June 11-17
- Principle-based meditation, prāṇāyāma, āsana, natural movement*, kīrtan as vehicles for the deepening of our understanding of yoga principles in applied action.
- Daily evening satsang including exploration of Yoga Sūtra teachings, inquiry and discussion
- Daily meditative trekking (1-3 hours) and twice-weekly longer trekking excursions (4-7 hours) in the magnificent surrounds of Casa Cuadrau.
*About natural movement and asana on these retreats
Going beyond what might be termed ‘conventional yogasana style’, we will explore yoga in physical action and application more holistically, working with a number of natural movement techniques to foster stability and balance and develop efficient patterns of movement through the body. This will include dynamic and fun explorations including balancing exercises, animal locomotive patterns, crawling, rolling, hanging, games to work on peripheral vision, awareness and reactions, as well as more ‘classic’ yogasana work and workshop content. The intention of this is to help us to develop a broader movement vocabulary, and draw on a wider range of movement nutrition so we can move in our often physically reductive modern world more healthily and happily and make the time we spend working with yogasana even richer.