‘I bow to the two lotus feet of the teachers, through which are manifested the easy understanding of one’s own Self…’ (Yoga Tārāvalī 1)
Less well known than some other yoga texts, the Yoga Tārāvalī is a fascinating short text, probably composed in around the 14th century. Its authorship has traditionally been attributed to the great Indian polymath Śaṅkara, but, in reality, it almost certainly post-dates him by several centuries.
The Sanskrit word tārāvalī
means a ‘group of stars’, or a ‘constellation’, and the Yoga Tārāvalī might be thought of as teaching some of the ‘star’ practices of haṭha yoga. Although it does not teach āsana, in its 29 short and often poetic verses it covers prāṇāyāma, bandha, and meditation practices, and is one of the earlier yoga texts to use the term ‘yoga nidrā’. Its opening verse will be familiar to practitioners of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, as the first part of the invocation traditionally chanted before practice.
What Will We Practice?
In this workshop, Graham will offer a brief introduction to the text, before leading you through a practice of āsana and prāṇāyāma, drawing on some of the principles of the Yoga Tārāvalī. The workshop will finish with a contemporary practice of yoga nidrā (guided relaxation), also based on some of the text’s teachings.
No familiarity with the Yoga Tārāvalī is needed – an English translation will be provided.
A 2.5 hour theory and practice workshop via Zoom.
Who is this for?
The workshop is suitable for all levels of yoga experience, other than beginners, though some familiarity with prāṇāyāma is desirable. We are sorry, but some of the practices will not be appropriate for those who are pregnant or who have recently given birth – you are welcome to join the workshop, but will need to modify your practice accordingly.
The live sessions are recorded and access to replay is included for 21 days after the event.
Certification & Hours
You will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion. The Yoga of the Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā counts for 2.5 Continuing Education hours through Yoga Alliance.
In affiliation with OrangeYoga Education
Upon completion of this workshop, you will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion.
Meet the Teacher
Dr. Graham Burns has taught regular yoga classes and workshops for over 20 years. He is a faculty member of the Yogacampus Yoga Teacher Training Programme, where he teaches, amongst other things, the history and philosophies of yoga, Sanskrit, and meditation. He holds a Master’s degree in Indian religions and a PhD in Indian philosophy, both from SOAS University of London, where he has also lectured on the MA programme in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation. Graham particularly enjoys bringing some of the ancient textual teachings of yoga to life through practice, and is known for his accessible and light hearted style of teaching. www.samanayoga.com