Eight Limbs of Yoga Series - NIYAMA
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About The Event
Patanjali's eight-fold path offers guidelines for a meaningful and purposeful life. Delve into this prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline.
In Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means "eight limbs" (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one's health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.
2. NIYAMA - Positive duties or observances
The second limb, Niyama, usually refers to duties directed towards ourselves, but can also be considered with our actions towards the outside world. The prefix ‘ni’ is a Sanskrit verb which means ‘inward’ or ‘within’.
There are five Niyamas: saucha (cleanliness), santosha (contentment), tapas (discipline or burning desire or conversely, burning of desire), svadhyaya (self-study or self-reflection, and study of spiritual texts), and isvarapranidaha (surrender to a higher power).
Niyamas are traditionally practised by those who wish to travel further along the Yogic path and are intended to build character. Interestingly, the Niyamas closely relate to the Koshas, our ‘sheaths’ or ‘layers’ leading from the physical body to the essence within. As you’ll notice, when we work with the Niyamas – from saucha to isvararpranidhana - we are guided from the grossest aspects of ourselves to the truth deep within.
*** Dates for all the "limbs"***:
YAMA - 8 FEBRUARY 10 - 12.30pm
NIYAMA - 29 FEBRUARY 2 - 4.30pm (afternoon time)
ASANA - 21 MARCH 10 - 12.30pm
PRANAYAMA - 4 APRIL - 2 - 4.30pm (afternoon time)
PRATYAHARA - 16 MAY - 10 - 12.30pm
DHARANA - 6 JUNE - 2 - 4.30pm (afternoon time)
DHYANA - 18 JULY 2 - 4.30pm (afternoon time)
SAMADI - 19 JULY 10 - 12.30pm
Fee for 1 workshop: £20
Fee for ALL THE WORKSHOPS: £108
All workshops will include
- yoga practice (relevant to the limb), breathing, meditation and discussions about the particular limb.
Any questions please ring 0121 679 6055.
- All 8 workshops£108£1080£0