New classes & a 6-week focus on the 8-limbed path of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Hi, yoga friends!  I’m pleased to let you know about some additions to my teaching schedule.  As my good friend Tom Griffen devotes more time to his reflexology practice, I’ll be picking up his weekly 10:30am classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Heart of Yoga School in Carrboro in addition to the one I currently teach on Mondays (starting tomorrow!).  I also have a variety of special offerings coming up, including a special donation-based class next week for El Futuro at Carrboro Yoga Company on Sunday, 11/25/12, 2:00-3:15pm.  In late December, I’m leading a workshop on the teachings of Pema Chodron, a Partner Yoga Playshop, and a donation class for the American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project.  Please see the Heart of Yoga School website’s events page or email me at nicolelilyoga@gmail.com for more information about any of these offerings.

As I was planning a class focused on the sixth limb (dharana) of Patanjali’s eight-limbed path for tomorrow, it struck me that I haven’t taught the basics of yoga philosophy in a progressive, methodical way in some time.  So, I’ve decided to devote the next six weeks of my classes (and the last six weeks of this year) to exploring each limb in depth for a week (we’ll do two each in the fifth and sixth weeks).  There’s no need to worry about coming to every class, or even every week, because I’ll be focusing on the basics enough that you can join right in at any time.  I’ll have a few basic handouts that I’ll bring to every class for those who like a visual representation of concepts, like I do.

Here’s the schedule in case there’s a topic of particular interest to you:

Week of 11/18: The yamas: the great vow, universal observances regarding our relationships with others (nonviolence, truthfulness, refrainment from stealing, moderation, and greedlessness)

Week of 11/25: The niyamas, practices to benefit ourselves so that we can better serve others (cleanliness, contentment, effort, study, and devotion)

Week of 12/2: Asana (physical postures, or literally, “seat”)

Week of 12/9: Pranayama (mindful breathing practices)

Week of 12/16: Pratyahara (turning inward) and Dharana (concentration)

Week of 12/23: Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (meditative absorption)

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