Yoga of Happiness: A Course on Patanjali’s Yamas with Shaila

Tuesday 29th Aug 2017

Yamas are the first step on Patanjali’s eight limb path of Classical yoga. They are tools for creating and maintaining happy, healthy, harmonious relationships with our self and the world around us. This new course will explore how to bring their understanding into our daily lives -and practice- and connect you to the ancient tradition of real yoga.

 When our relationships are not peaceful, the mind is not at peace. When the mind is not peaceful, there cannot be peace during our practice. The mind finds peace when our values, thoughts and actions are in alignment.

 The five yamas are tools for establishing and maintaining this alignment.  For this reason, they are prescribed by Patanjali as the foundation for all asana and meditation practices.

 Traditionally, yamas were taught before the student ever stepped onto the mat. In our fast-paced, results-orientated society, they are sometimes learned a little later…but better late than never!

 You will learn:

  •  The history and significance of yamas
  • Asana, pranayama and meditation practices to develop each yama
  • Strategies for implementing yamas into your lifestyle and relationships
  • How to develop a yogic sankalpa or ‘resolve’ to help commit to each yama

 One yama will be explored per class, with a focus on practising this yama throughout the week.  There will be opportunities for group reflection and brainstorming, as well as ample time for relevant and supportive asana, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra.

Week 1: Ahimsa – non-violence

Week 2: Satya – truth/discrimination

Week 3: Asteya – honesty

Week 4: Aparigraha – non-possessiveness

Week 5: Bramhacharya – mastery of the senses

Cancellation up to 48 hours prior to event date is possible subject to a $5 cancellation fee. Less than 48 hours’ notice of cancellation is only possible if we can fill your place from a wait-list.

About Shaila

Shaila’s preliminary training in yoga was a two-year, full-time Diploma of Yogic Studies, which provided immensely experiential and in-depth teachings in many branches of yoga practice and philosophy. Since then, she has studied and taught many forms of yoga both at home in Sydney and abroad.  

 In 2012, Shaila moved to India to work as an editor for the Yoga Publications Trust at the Bihar School of Yoga, India. The exceptional wealth of specialised knowledge and experience she acquired during this period has become a unique, invaluable asset to her teaching.

 Shaila feels particularly drawn to yoga as a vehicle for personal development: as a tool for developing a richer, deeper, more connected inner and outer life. Her passion as a yoga teacher and facilitator is connecting people with their own innate power and beauty and, as a consequence, recognising and supporting those same qualities in others.

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Tuesday 29th Aug 2017 To Tuesday 26th Sep 2017
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm


Qi Freshwater Studio


(Concessions $130)

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