The yoga practice we know in the West is generally understood to be physical, movements and postures that target muscles, bone, organs, etc. However, yoga itself is ultimately the practice of stilling the mind, and living an ethical life of value and service. Traditionally, ayurveda is the science of balance and healing, while yoga is the way to deeper realization of our nature and purpose. This module will cover the history and varying philosophies of traditional Yoga, including the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita.
This module is designed for yoga teachers, clinicians and individuals who wish to learn more about the eastern practices of self-awakening and how they can be applied to everyday life for and mind, body, spirit healing.
Since the shift brought about by the introduction of mindfulness into mainstream culture, Americans have become more interested in meditation and self-exploration specifically for purposes of reducing stress and increasing health. However, there are deeper aspects of meditation that allows access to the already whole and unbroken self, which is neither marred by disease and disorder nor dependent upon the mind for its existence. Nondual meditation, brought forward through Advaita Vedanta, kasmir shaivism, and other philosophical schools, submerges its practitioners in the well-spring of being from which our consciousness arises.
Topics to be covered:
The Bhagavad Gita
Timeline of yoga’s evolution from it’s roots to modern day
Practices for overcoming our suffering
Integrating the shadow
How yoga poses can affect our psychological healing
The mysteries of nondualism: Exploring the spaciousness of life beyond mind
Philosophy and history of Nondual practices
The art of self-inquiry
Creating sacred space
Gain confidence in weaving philosophy, psychology, and wisdom traditions into your teaching
Experience a renewed passion for your yoga teaching and practice
Direct experience of yoga as a holistic approach to self-healing and spiritual awakening
Learn how imbalances in the body and mind can occur and how they can be transformed
Discover the causes of suffering and explore the yogic paths to freedom
Cultivate a deep awareness of body and mind
Learn meditation techniques from different traditions
Gain confidence in leading students into meditative states