Yoga, getting personal.

Firstly.....
We want to welcome with open arms Ione!
And what a great way to introduce her with her slant on teaching the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Welcome Ione!

A little bit about Ione:

My name is Ione and I have been practising yoga for nearly thirty years. I still feel like a beginner, but I’m passionate about sharing the practice of yoga on the mat and as a lifestyle and listening, learning and talking about the practice.

PATANJALI’S YOGA SUTRAS

There usually comes a time after we have been practising yoga for a while and we are beginning to benefit from a more regular practice that we begin to ask why, how, who? Why does moving our bodies in this way and breathing make us feel so good? How does its alchemy weave its way into our lives? Who came up with it? Then we know it is time to delve a bit deeper. And one of the first places to investigate is Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The Sutras are a fundamental pillar of all yoga teacher trainings in the West. Even though this appearance may be arbitrary, he is still considered the Father of Yoga, and so is definitely worth investigating.

We know that yoga is a sophisticated system that extends far beyond doing yoga postures,  we know it is literally a way of living. However, even within the yoga traditions there are many different philosophies and ways of ‘seeing’ the world, our lives and our interconnectedness. There are views of emptiness, fullness, suffering, bliss, and duality and non~duality. Many, if not all of these different ways of ‘seeing’ yoga have probably passed though Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, either rejecting them or incorporating them into their view.

Even though yoga was around before Patanjali, in the Yoga Sutras he makes a compilation containing 196 Sutras, divided between four chapters, discussing the aims and practice of yoga, the development of yogic powers and finally, liberation, providing a roadmap on how to follow the spiritual path of yoga and with warnings of the pitfalls.

Being a human is undoubtedly a complicated thing. We live within a myriad of confusing choices and contradictions. As human beings we live among other life forms, we need to navigate out own personal needs with those of the community. As Consciousness hanging out in a human body, we need to live within the potential of our limitless dreams and our limited physical reality. In the midst of our indecisions, the five Yamas, the foundational limb of the eight limbed path (ashtanga) promoted by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras offer us guidelines like helping hands that move us deeper into our own authenticity and into a life that is richer and fuller, simply because we are living with more skill.

We all want to live well. Let’s face it, at the end of the day, it’s not how much you have or how much you have accomplished that counts. What matters is how well you have participated in your life, both ordinary routines and extraordinary surprises. It’s how you feel inside when you lay your head on the pillow. Does a feeling of joy and well-being accompany you to bed? Or does your head touch the pillow with thoughts of anger, bitterness, helplessness, frustration, self disappointment or whiny complaints?
The result of a skilfully lived life is nothing less than joy. The kind of joy that comes from our own sense of mastery in life that no matter what life brings, we are ready.
I will be making this offering in St John’s Church Bridgetown:
THE STORIES BEHIND THE POSES

In this offering, we will practice asana poses and learn about the roots of this ancient practice through the mythology behind them and discover how you can use their teachings to better appreciate and respect yoga’s origins.

  • 13th June 9h00 ~11h30
  • 19th June 18h30 to 20h00
  • 28th June 18h00 to 19h30

If you are financially resourced, please make a donation, the amount is at your discretion.
Classes are free for those who are struggling. Proceeds from donations will go to the charity

which mobilizes practitioners worldwide to channel their gratitude into empowering India’s women and children to create sustainable lives.

I would love to hear from you.
With skip and a bow
Ione.

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