FUNDAMENTALS OF YOGA
- Course notes -
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- WEEK 4 -
Congrats everyone for completing our 4 week Fundamentals of Yoga course
I hope you learnt something valuable along the way, if so I'd love for you to share some feedback with me.
There is going to be a feedback form emailed out later this week, I'd really appreciate it if you were to fill it out so we can see what we can do better.
I have really enjoyed teaching you all and have learnt a lot along the way.
There is no home study set this week as we have now completed the course, however I would like to say keep up the practise, make that be your home study.
Session 4 recording:
- WEEK 3 -
The home study I have set you guys for this week is to practice Kapal Bhati Pranayama I showed you in yesterday's session, try it in the morning to start your day and notice how you feel.
Looking forward to next week where we will be working with some drills to strengthen the core and upper arms in preparation for arm-balances and inversions.
If at any point you have any questions in regards to the course, you can contact me via or via DM @anna.hill.aby
Session 3 recording:
- WEEK 2 -
This week’s home study is to practice observing one’s self referring to the Yama’s and Niayama’s we talked about in Week 2’s session:
Ethical rules in Hinduism and can be taught as moral imperatives (the don’ts). The Five Yamas listed by Patanjali in the Yogasutra are:
1. Ahimsa - non-violence
2. Satya - truth
3. Asteya - non-possessiveness
4. Brahmacarya - control over senses
5. Aparigraha - non-hoarding
Each of these 5 points help in the personal growth of an individual.
Patanjali in Book 2 explains how and why each of the above self restraints help in the personal growth of an individual. He states that the virtue of non-violence (Ahimsa) leads to abandonment of enmity, a state that leads the yogi to the perfection of inner and outer amity with everyone, everything.
The second component of Patanjali’s yoga path includes virtuous habits, behaviour and observances (the do’s).
1. Soucha: purity, clearness of mind, speech and body
2. Santosha: contentment, acceptance of others, acceptance of one’s circumstances as they are in order to het past or change them, optimism for self
3. Tapas: persistence, perseverance, austerity
4. Svadhyaya: a study of Vedas, study of self, self reflection, introspection of self’s throughs, speeches and actions.
5. Isvarapranidhana: contemplation of the Ishvara (God/Supreme Being/Brahman/True Self/Unchanging Reality)
Patanjali explains how and why each of the above Niyamas help in personal growth of an individual. In verse 11.42 he states that the virtue of contentment and acceptance of others as they are (Santosa) leads to the state where inner sources of joy matters most, and the craving for external sources of pleasure ceases.
Looking forward to next week where we will focus on sitting, twisting and back-bending.
Session 2 recording:
- WEEK 1 -
This week's home study is to practice the Pranayama; Anuloma Viloma (Alternate Nostril Breathing) which we began last night's session with. You could practice it in the morning, at any time when you may feel like you need some focus, if your emotions feel slightly overwhelming, and notice how you feel, you can write it down if you feel that serves you better. You can feed this back to me via email if you so wish or just practice it for yourself... enjoy.
Last night I forgot to teach the left side of our High Lunge, Warrior 2 and Standing Forward Bend, silly me! If you so wish give this a practice at home and balance out your body, so you don't leave the course all wonky ;).
Can't wait for next week where we will pretty much be moving for the entire session with more fluidity, but still taking our time to breakdown key postures.
Session 1 recording:
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