Online Eight Limbs of Yoga Series - PRATYAHARA
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About The Event
This is an Online Workshop.
After purchasing the class you will receive a link to the Live-Online Class via ZOOM.
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.
5. PRATYAHARA - Sense withdrawal
Pratya means to ‘withdraw’, ‘draw in’ or ‘draw back’, and the second part ahara refers to anything we ‘take in’ by ourselves, such as the various sights, sounds andsmells our senses take in continuously. When sitting for a formal meditation practice, this is likely to be the first thing we do when we think we’re meditating; we focus on ‘drawing in’. The practice of drawing inward may include focussing on the way we’re breathing, so this limb would relate directly to the practice of pranayama too.
The phrase ‘sense withdrawal’ could conjure up images of the ability to actually switch our senses ‘off’ through concentration, which is why this aspect of practice is often misunderstood.
Instead of actually losing the ability to hear and smell, to see and feel, the practice of pratyahara changes our state of mind so that we become so absorbed in what it is we’re focussing on, that the things outside of ourselves no longer bother us and we’re able to meditate without becoming easily distracted. Experienced practitioners may be able to translate pratyahara into everyday life – being so concentrated and present to the moment at hand, that things like sensations and sounds don’t easily distract the mind.
*** 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: £10
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.
- Only 1 workshop£10£100£0
- All 8 workshops£108£1080£0