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Deepen your Yoga Home Practice Workshop

Last year, I held a course on How to Start a Yoga Home Practice. It was really well attended and I had very positive responses from everyone that attended – that it helped with their practice at home. With the intention of taking that deeper, I am going to be holding a workshop on 21 April which will add on to that course. I feel very strongly about encouraging a home yoga practice to students in addition to attending class. I know my regular home practice can lose momentum sometimes, like if I’m attending a lot of classes or work gets super busy, but when I manage to get it right, the difference it makes to my day and my life is always so hugely beneficial.

One of the most important aspects of our yoga practice is our self-practice. Our self-practice is the special time and space where we can spend the time on what we personally need in our practice and where we can really grow and improve. By basing our sincere efforts on the 3 niyamas of tapas, svadhyaya and Ishvara Pranidhana, our self-practice is where we truly start to live our yoga and to BE yoga. It’s an opportunity to be creative and experimental, by exploring new ideas and observing the changes that take place in our minds and bodies through this practice.

With Tapas (effort), we ignite the fire our of our practice (sadhana) with commitment and sincere effort to create the heat of transformation. We then find ourselves starting to contemplate and observe our actions and selves in this practice through svadhyaya or self-study which is the 4th niyama (personal conduct) of Patanjali’s Sutras. By observing our physical, mental and emotional responses to our practice, we begin to learn and understand more about ourselves. This reflection and contemplation on the mat carries through into our lives off the mat. Ishvara Pranidhana which can be translated as surrender to the Divine, or the surrender to something greater than ourselves, helps put all this into perspective by reminding us that the result of pratice is not achievement for achievement or ego’s sake and to manage the unconscious expectation for the fruits of practice. Ishvara Pranidhana and our surrender to a greater cause or idea can help facilitate a detachment to the “self” in practice at all.

These pillars also connect to the core principles of the entire system of yoga based on the Sutras of Patanjali’s (1.13-1.15) of abhyasa (practice) and vairagya (non-attachment). Patanjali talks about the cultivation of these 2 principles to help guide us ever closer to our core. If we can practice sincerely and with deep commitment but then let go of any fears, aversions and attachments that accumulate within us to so many things in our lives, we will firmly be on the path of yoga and can lead a more conscious and fulfilling life.

Focusing on these themes and ideas, I will be holding a 2.5 hour workshop where we explore practice and non-attachment with some helpful ideas to grow your asana practice at home.
All are welcome.

21 April
Sangha Spot, 20 Fraser Road, Muizenberg

Please mail me to book your spot.