1) Absolute Beginner Basics Workshop
Four Mondays in February from 5-6:30pm $20 for members, $25 for non-members at Brooklyn Boulders
An introduction to yoga from the beginning. This workshop will go over all the basic poses that form the foundation of any yoga practice. This is great for absolute beginners, or those who have just started. Students will learn the actions of the poses, names, modifications, use of props, and more to create a full, safe, and uplifting understanding of yoga.
2) Untangling the Yoga Sutras – Paths of Yoga
Saturday, January 22nd 4-5:30pm $30 at Mala Yoga
Most yogis are familiar with Patanjali’s 8-Limb Path of Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi. What most yogis are not familiar with are the other paths Patanjali sets forth in the Yoga Sutras. In this Yoga Sutra Study Workshop, we will explore the “one-part” “two-part” and “three-part” paths that are also laid out in Chapters One and Two. We will explore them as paths in their own right, as well as complementary to the 8-limb path.
We will also explore an overview of the 8-limb path, with a special focus on the overlap with the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the more recent traditional text of Yoga.
This workshop will deepen the yogis’ understanding of the 8-limbs, provide alternative options and/or support for the 8-limb practice through other paths, and start to untangle the threads of the Yoga Sutras as we take a step back and look at the text more as a whole. As always, this workshop is designed to engage in the Mala Yoga Community outside asana practice, and is a great way to practice satsang – a key element and support to the yoga practice.
To that end, the workshop will be followed by a free meditation session. This will be a chance to practice meditation in community – which can strengthen the meditation – as well as to integrate the work we have just explored. As meditation is a key component to the path of yoga, this session coincides with the focus of the workshop. This is an optional component, and both participants and non-participants of the workshop are welcome to join. It will begin approximately 10 minutes after then ending of the workshop, and run to 6pm.