As students of yoga, we are often told to “surrender,” “let be,” and “let go.” We are also instructed to “practice, practice, practice!” Disciplined effort (tapas), along with self-study (svadhaya), and devotion (ishvara pranidhana), are three components of the yoga taught by the great sage, Patanjali. The intention behind this practice of yoga integrates the two apparently contradictory impulses of effort (abhyasa) and surrender (vairagya). The Buddha used the metaphor of tuning a stringed instrument so that it sounded harmonious and encouraged his students: “Not too tight, not too loose.”
In Part One, which can be taken as a "stand-alone" workshop, we will look at the relevant sutras from The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali and the teaching of the Buddha on "Right" or "Skillful Effort" and practice two forms of meditation.
In Part Two, we will practice an integrated postural yoga practice including slow movement, yin and vinyasa as an embodied expression of "Right Effort."
When registering, please note the title of the workshop and whether you are registering only for Part One or for the Whole Workshop. Upon registration, you will receive the Zoom password(s) and a PDF Handout with the relevant sutras.
I am offering this on a suggested sliding scale. For those still working during the pandemic, I ask you to help support those of us out of work by offering the full tuition fee and for those who are currently out of work, please offer what you can. I do not want finances to keep anyone who wishes from participating. Please reach out to me and we will work out something so that anyone who wishes can indeed do so.