A Yogi's Practice
An asana workshop with a focus on integrating each of the 8 limbs of Patanjali's Ashtanga system into the practice.
Type of Event
June 18, 2016 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC
We like to move. Many of us are constantly on the go, from one activity to the next. And even when we have time to stop moving, we resist. We grab our phones, turn on the TV, have a drink, scratch our head, anything to keep moving. The yogi learns to notice what’s happening. To slow down, become conscious, and take steps to redirect and harness this needlessly expended energy in order to place it purposely in a chosen, intentional direction that ultimately leads to stillness. True stillness though letting go. Often the first step toward this learning comes by going to a yoga class, which generally involves a lot of movement. The difference being that the movement is purposeful and connected with attention to breath and an uplifted personal intention. This is the meaning of vinyasa.
And then, somewhere along the way, a teacher may tell us that this is only one of eight different elements that make up the practice of yoga. They may reference someone named “Patanjali” and a book called the “Yoga Sutra”, but generally there isn’t much time to dig deeper. And it can become a bit overwhelming to find time and motivation to practice all these seemingly disparate elements, or “limbs”. In this workshop we’re going to focus on energizing your time on the mat through integration of all eight of these limbs right into your vinyasa practice.