DATE: SATURDAY JULY 8
TIME: 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
SUGGESTED DONATION: 20 000 LL
The word “Yoga” has been used in so many different contexts over the last few decades. Most commonly, it refers to a set of physical practices that are taught in studios around the world. One of the key founding texts that defines yoga as a discipline is Patanjali’s Sutra in which eight ‘limbs’ of yoga (Ashtanga) are mentioned. Asana, or the physical postures, is only the third limb. The first two limbs function as the backbone of Asana, these are: Yama (ethical rules) and Niyama (duties and observances). The Yamas and Niyamas consist of principles that answer the question: how can we take the yoga practice beyond the mat and into our everyday life?
This workshop will propose practical ways to integrate the first two limbs into a more grounded Asana approach. In order to do so, it will propose interesting parallels between yoga practices and those of the different religious, philosophical, and spiritual traditions of our region. The second part of the workshop will be devoted to exercises for cultivating a daily practice which integrates working on the three limbs.
The workshop is open for all, whether beginners or more seasoned yoga practitioners. Come wearing comfortable clothes.
Bashir Saade first began practicing yoga over 15 years ago, and for the last 10, has been following the tradition of Ashtanga yoga, taught by Pattabhi Jois. He studied in London with Hamish Hendry and in Mysore with Sharath Jois. Bashir teaches the Ashtanga system in its traditional form, supporting students in order to build the strength required for a consistent and devotional practice. Bashir is also a Lecturer in Religion & Politics at the University of Stirling, and his research centres on Islamic and other non-Western religious and spiritual traditions.