Octopus Yoga – Eight Limbs One Body
Full weekend £170 (inclusive of lunch both days)
Individual day £85 (Saturday or Sunday, inclusive of lunch)
Individual session £35 (Friday/ Sat morn/afternoon / Sun morn/afternoon, not inclusive of lunch)
Name: MCCRIMMON LC
Account no: 00649080
Sort Code: 83-21-05
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Navigating the ocean of life with the time-tested, robust principles of Patañjali’s classical ‘Eight limbs’/aṣṭāṅga yoga.
In-depth, practical exploration over five experiential sessions.
In yoga: there are no rules.
There are reliable, time-tested principles.
Yoga is far too wise and far too vast to confine itself with rules. Instead, it offers us robust principles to foster, maintain and deepen dynamic equilibrium in the reality of a human life. One of the eminently practical lenses to explore and help deepen our relationship with and understanding of these principles is through the classic ‘eight limbs’ - aṣṭāṅga - as encoded in the wonderfully concise miracle-mirror text that is Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra.
During this weekend we will:
-establish/deepen a live and vibrant relationship with these practical yoga principles to foster harmony in the reality of a human life as encoded in Patañjali’s masterwork.
-apply the eight limbs principles to yoga as a holistic life practice, working with movement, meditation, sound, stillness, inquiry and celebration.
-learn/experience how to apply the time-tested principles of yoga to any style of practice and how to empower our work with yoga techniques so they support all aspects of our life, the length of our life.
Session Outline (Guidelines only, all intensives with James are unique offerings that develop in the context of the group, the setting, and the opportunities of our time together)
Friday evening opening satsang (Friday 27th April 6-8:30pm):
Octopus Yoga: Navigating the deep, dancing in the ocean of life and passing through the eye of a needle
Practical introduction to the intention and import of the eight limbs, including the context of the Yoga Sūtra as a foundational reference and support for work with all schools/methods/technologies of Yoga and Tantra.
Saturday morning (28th April 10am-1pm): Foundational principles in application: āsana and movement exploration
Yoga āsana as the seat of awareness and for sustainable development in a lifelong practice.
Yogic principles of posture and movement for broad spectrum capacity and efficient response in a wide range of physical movement scenarios, including:
-how to safeguard the wonderful vehicle of our body against the insidious ravages of a ‘furnished’, ‘provided’ culture that outsources so much of our movement.
-how to work with yogic principles to empower and make nourishing and sustainable whatever type of practice we enjoy.
-stimulating our in-built, innate capacities for recreation and reformation of our neurological system.
Saturday afternoon (28th April 2:30-5pm): Harnessing the gifts of embodiment, the most important yoga
The principles of the yama-s, the foundations of the eight limbs, and cultivating harmony in the reality of a human life. Discussion and practical exercises; may include meditation, inquiry, story and song.
Sunday morning (28th April 10-12:30): Movement exploration
Working with the yama-niyama principles to foster clarity and contentment in the reality of our here and now, including:
-how to ensure that our āsana or movement practice is really yoga.
-how to build and tend a yogic fire to illumine and guide a lifelong practice that supports the spectrum of our real needs and deeper longings.
Sunday afternoon (28th April 2-4:30pm): Working from gross to subtle, tending the internal limbs in all we do
Kirtan and sound-based practices, satsang discussion and meditation to further deepen our understanding of the eight limb principles and how we can integrate them into our lives.