Yoga Therapy: Practical Philosophy of Healing

Two days of exploration of yogic philosophy and practice as it relates to healing, through discussion and practice.

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Join us for two days of exploration of yogic philosophy and practice of healing, through discussion and practice.

Day 1 Marc Beuvain

Our first day will explore the yogic understanding of the duality of the human condition. We will discover how our matter (drshyam) and our consciousness (drashta), can be antagonistic or harmonious, leading respectively to suffering and ill-health, or happiness and holistic health.

In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali suggests two different approaches which can be put into practice in our endeavours to reconcile matter and consciousness. The first, samanam, is a way of using all the yogic techniques to pacify suffering and illness, without delving any deeper into the root causes of our problems. The second, sodanam or ultimate yoga therapy is a more challenging but more direct route, which consists in healing suffering at the source, by learning to listen to our deepest inner selves.

During this workshop the panca maya/panca kosa model will facilitate our understanding of holistic health, and a detailed study of the klesas will shed light on the links between the mind, the emotions and illness. Lastly, we will discuss the therapists role and the importance of respecting the patient’s objectives in finding the appropriate tools for each individual.

Day 2 Anna Blackmore

This day will be about exploring some of the yogic models for interpreting physical, mental and emotional issues. There will be mostly practical experiential exercises, combined with some talk and discussion.

In the morning we will again focus on the pancakosha (five levels of being). Using yoga techniques,including meditation, asana, sukshma vyayama (subtle exercises), pranayama and mantra to help gain a better understanding of the five levels in ourselves. Thus we can begin to see how we might use them as a framework for tailoring a practice to meet the individual needs of students and to select techniques to address the appropriate levels.

In the second part of the day we will look at the five main prana vayus (the energy currents within the body). These are closely linked with the breath and directly influenced by pranayama, although all other techniques affect them also in various ways. Through simple pranayama exercises, we will explore how each vayu has a particular direction of flow and sphere of influence in the body-mind, and discuss how these connect with the psychophysiological processes. Thus we can deepen our understanding of the therapeutic applications of pranayama and other subtle yoga practices.

This training is also a mandatory module for the Yoga Therapy Diploma course.

What our students say

Working with Marc will improve my LIFE first and foremost. It will also definitely change my practise and teaching. Gillian Shippey on Yoga Therapy and Self-Knowledge, February 2013

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