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Yoga Philosophy and the Many Variations of Surya Namaskar

with Hali Schwartz

Saturdays & Sundays
July 11, 12, 18, 19
11:30 – 7pm

30 hours

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Surya Namaskar is in many ways, hatha yoga’s very first vinyasa practice. The history of hatha yoga asana has shown us in its various texts and scriptures, that the practice of yoga postures was designed specifically to prepare the physical body for sitting comfortably in meditation. It is this original aim, that is the primary reason we hold yoga postures for long durations. But when we encounter the sequence called surya namaskar, we are introduced to a key element in the hatha yoga practice as a whole, which is to bring about an experience of dynamic movement where the spinal muscles and nerves are stretched and stimulated by alternating back bending and forward bending motions. It was felt that this was the best way to fully awaken the body’s internal energies and prepare it for the asanas that were to be later, held in stillness.

Join yoga philosophy teacher and author, Hali Schwartz as she delves into the many variations of this vinyasa practice, from its most ancient expression, the classic sun salutation, right up to today’s re-invention of it. Pass through some of it’s principal practices between these two time frames – ancient and modern. All the while, intertwine your practice with the study of some of yoga philosophy’s major teachings on karma yoga and raja yoga. This will involve an in-depth exploration into the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and some of the most important verses and sutras contained therein. Our focus here, will be on learning how to weave these philosophical lessons into our practices and also our teaching.



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There are no refunds or make-up classes for missed classes within a workshop or pre-registered class.

All fees are subject to HST and are in Canadian Dollars.