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Yoga Fundamentals: Eight Limbs of Yoga

  • A Fine Balance 173 Saint Marys Lane Upminster, England, RM14 3BL United Kingdom (map)

What is the aim of yoga? What are the eight limbs of yoga? Where do they come from? How can they help my practice?

Anchoring our practice in Patañjali's ancient text, the Yoga Sutras, these are some of the questions we will address over the course of this workshop. We'll explore what Patañjali taught in his eight limbs, providing a brief overview and introduction to the concepts of the Yamas and Niyamas. We'll then apply what we discover to refine and challenge our physical yoga practice, leaving time for guidance through a meditation – the component at the heart of Patañjali's yoga.

During this workshop, you will explore Patañjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga System (Ashtanga):

  • Yama (attitudes toward our environment)
  • Niyama (attitudes toward ourselves)
  • Asana (physical postures)
  • Pranayama (restraint or expansion of the breath)
  • Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses)
  • Dharana (concentration)
  • Samadhi (enlightenment)

This two hour workshop will include pranayama (breathing practice), asana (posture work) and guided meditation, all taught with Louise’s characteristic clear instruction, humour and strong focus on alignment.

You will leave with a stronger appreciation for your own mind-body connection and the role yoga can play in your life.

This workshop is great if you are a beginner or are wishing to deepen your yoga practice.