Horsham/ UK Workshop with Gregor Maehle
Horsham/ West Sussex
8th – 9th August 2020
Horsham/ West Sussex Workshop with Gregor Maehle
8th – 9th August 2020
Collyers College Horsham
82 Hurst Rd, Horsham RH12 2EJ, United Kingdom
Kriya, Pranayama, Meditation, and Asana
This is a 2-day weekend intensive and you would need to commit to the full workshop. This workshop is suitable for yoga students and teachers of all traditions and levels.
- Saturday, 8th of August 2020: 9am to 3:30pm – Guided asana; Bhagavad Gita vs Yoga Sutra & dive into Yoga Sutra.
- Sunday, 9th of August 2020: 8am to 2:30pm – Kriya, Pranayama, and Meditation.
- Vegan brunches and refreshments.
- Collyers college Horsham: 82 Hurst Rd, Horsham RH12 2EJ. Five minutes walk from the Horsham train station and 10 min from the wotn centre. Workshop is organised by Iriness Yoga & Wellbeing Horsham.
Saturday, 8th of August 2020
9:00am – 11:00am: Guided asana masterclass.
The morning session welcomes yoga asana practitioners of all traditions. Gregor will analyse the many intricate anatomical details of the postures of the Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, while maintaining as much pace as possible. The focus will be on breaking down the various phases of entering and exiting the postures into their constituents. Performing postures safely while understanding which anatomical action will get us deep into the asana, will prevent unnecessary energy expenditure. Through inducing precision, this format also achieves that conditioning and emotions lodged in bodily tissues are released, preparing us for the higher limbs of pranayama and meditation.
12:30pm – 3:30pm: Bhagavad Gita vs. Yoga Sutra and dive into Yoga Sutra.
In this session, Gregor will share differences and similarities of the approaches of Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutra. He will further explore Yoga Sutra in more depth.
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is the operating manual of yoga. It is only when we understand the why’s and how’s of yoga that we will practise with confidence and beyond doubt. In this class we will chant selected stanzas in Sanskrit and a detailed commentary based on Gregor’s four decades of practice and study will be given. The commentary will retain the depth of the ancient treatises, but will be fun, relatable and applicable to the modern urban life.
In the words of Gregor: “The Yoga Sutra entered my life 40 years ago and since then it’s been a constant companion. It took me a long time to completely understand it, but once this had happened, it ended all confusion I had about yoga. Understanding the Sutra gave me complete confidence in how to apply my practices diligently and that I would succeed in due time. The Sutra changed yoga for me from a faith and hope-based system to a science with predictable and repeatable outcomes. It is exactly this confidence and certainty that I would like to pass on to my students. The workshop will be interactive, with ample time for participants to ask questions.”
Sunday, 9th of August 2020
08:00am – 10:00am: Kriya and Pranayama
Imagine how great it would be to have a switch that, when operated, would enable you to consciously choose between your right and left brain hemispheres, intuitive and analytical intelligence, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, fight/flight reflex and rest/relaxation, and between the male and female, solar and lunar, aspects of your psyche. How great it would be if, when required, you could switch from being compassionate to doggedly determined. Or from charged with energy to completely relaxed within a few minutes. Or from extrovert (physically present, expressive and outgoing) to introvert (reflective and absorbing) within a short time. This switch does in fact exists and it is not at all hidden. It is the prominently protruding olfactory orifice right in the middle of your face: your nose.
Pranayama includes some of the most neglected but yet most powerful methods of yoga. It is the vital link that connects asana to meditation, without which the combined benefit of both cannot be harvested. Learn how to use pranayama to harmonise the doshas (humors of the body) and thus attain a state of health and balance, as well as how to still the mind, enabling spiritual insight.
The kriyas are predominantly methods of purification of the body. They support the work of postures and are especially important for people who live or work in large cities. They aid in removing contamination from chemical, environmental, electrical, biological and electromagnetic sources.
11:30am – 2:30pm: Yogic Meditation
Different to Vedantic or Buddhist meditation, yogic meditation contains the same structural elements as yogic postures and breathing and was designed to form together with those an integrated whole. Meditation is the method of bringing your mind into a receptive state so that you can receive higher knowledge that is already there. Yogic meditation is a collection of scientific methods to bring about such awareness.
To accelerate spiritual evolution yogic meditation employs many means amongst which the prime ones are mantra, mudra, bandha, chakra-visualisation and Kundalini-raising techniques. The yogic chakras are representations of evolutionary brain circuitry with the lower three chakras representing our reptilian, mammalian and primate ancestry respectively. By understanding the chakras and skilfully meditating on them, yoga offers the opportunity to activate higher brain centres and propel the evolution not only of the individual but of society as a whole. Kundalini-raising techniques consist of a combination of all other yogic means to raise the life force (prana) to a level, where meditation is easy and spiritual insight becomes spontaneous.
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Gregor is a life-long yogi and has over 40 years of experience of yoga study and practice!
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So thankful for coming across Gregor’s books and also studying with him. Such a rare teacher of a diverse disciplines of yoga. Inspirational, insightful, methodological, challenging, kind, approachable, humble and coherent. So looking forward to studying more! With gratitude & namaste.
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