Yamas & Niyamas Workshops

A Life Well Lived Today!  Moving Through Life with the Yamas   [2.5 hrs]

In the preface of her book, The Yamas & Niyamas:  Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice, Deborah Adele says, “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 accomplished that counts.  What matters is how well you have participated in your own life, both the ordinary routines and the extraordinary surprises.”

Deborah brings these 5 ethical principles to life through her own life stories.  She provides opportunities for self- reflection as she challenges us to apply yogic wisdom to our lives today.

Gaining the skills to choose attitude, thought, and action, may be the grandest adventure you can take.  Come to this workshop to explore how you might better participate in your own life

Cultivating the Inner Life with the Niyamas  [2.5 hrs]

The second half of yoga’s ethical practice is an invitation to cultivate the inner life of a mystic by teaching the mind to enjoy the simpler things of life.  Like planting seeds in a garden, we are tending practices that create harmony rather than discord.

The 5 practices of purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender create a harmonious inner landscape upon which the mind can rest and the world can be blessed.  Explore your own inner life through lecture, discussion, and self-reflection.

The Yamas and Niyamas:  Doorway to a Deeper Practice  [5 hrs]

Our asana and meditation practice do not sit in a vacuum; they rest firmly on the foundation of yoga’s ethical system.  If we go to our mat or our cushion before we have had a heartfelt conversation with these principles, we do ourselves a huge disservice.

The yoga path, as Patanjali lays it out in the Yoga Sutras, is a path that takes the mind from a state of constant movement and disturbance to a state of rest and harmony, and it begins with the practice of the yamas and niyamas.

In this workshop, we will look honestly at our addiction, both gross and subtle, to the chaos of disturbance and how we can use these ethical principles to wean ourselves off our addiction into an ever growing tranquility.  Lecture, discussion, self-reflection.

The Yamas and Niyamas:  Re-designing the Good Life  [5 hrs]

The moral issues facing the global community today are vast.   I don’t want to keep my blinders on while rain forests disappear, species become extinct, and children starve.  But I also don’t want to become overwhelmed, depressed, fatigued, or stop believing in beauty and the best that humanity has to offer.  The question becomes how do we take yoga from our mats and use it as a tool for moral imagination and social healing?

In this workshop we will explore how a heartfelt conversation with the yamas and niyamas, the foundational building blocks of the yoga path, can be used to address our personal practice as well as our role in the well-being of the planet.  Come explore with me how we can use these ten ethical guidelines to become people who make a difference.

Self-Discipline, Self-Study, and Self-Surrender:  Why Twice?  [2.5 hrs]

In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali mentions the practice of self-discipline, self-study, and self-surrender two times:  once in conjunction with the yamas & niyamas and once as a stand alone.  Why are these three ethical practices so important?  What is Patanjali trying to tell us?  What is being harnessed in us that could be so essential to our development and fulfillment?

In this workshop we will explore the mystery of these three practice, how they can free us from entanglement to our senses, thoughts, and desires, and why Patanjali might have emphasized their importance.

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