I offer online courses in order to delve more deeply into certain more subtle, philosophical or technical aspects of yoga that are difficult to cover in regular classes and even workshops. These courses are generally suitable for all who are keen to learn more about the living tradition of yoga that we are all part of, and who wish to take their yoga journey to a deeper level.
Current Courses Offered:
Six Week Online Course – ‘Journey Through the Chakras’
6 Consecutive Thursdays, 7-9pm – January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, February 3rd, 10th 2022.
Cost: the price of the course is £120 (includes weekly summary notes, home practice suggestions and class recording) and I also offer discounted options for those who can’t afford this (please get in touch to enquire).
The Chakras are mentioned in the most ancient of yogic texts, the Vedas, and also appear, using different language, in most ancient wisdom traditions, including Buddhism and many of the shamanic paths. In this course we explore the seven principal Chakras that are located in the energetic body, as a lens through which to understand and develop our personal journeys of evolutionary transformation and healing. Chakra translates from Sanskrit literally as ‘wheel’ and each Chakra represents a spinning, spherical ‘energy centre’ located at a specific point within the body, corresponding notably with particular glands, and associated with particular personal qualities and characteristics. In brief these principal Chakras are:
- Muladhara – the base chakra. Associated with basic needs, safety and survivalism. Keyword: trust.
- Svadisthana – the sacral chakra. Associated with pleasure, sensuality, sexuality and enjoyment of life. Keyword: creativity.
- Manipura – the solar plexus chakra. Associated with our sense of self, self-esteem, self-belief, healthy relationship with our ego. Keyword: power.
- Anahata – the heart chakra. Associated with our capacity to give and receive love. Keyword: healing.
- Vishuddha – the throat chakra. Associated with our capacity to express our personal truth, with sensitivity and wisdom. Keyword: communication.
- Ajna – the third eye chakra. Associated with our intuition and inner knowing, through connection with our divine self. Keyword: wisdom.
- Sahasrara – the crown chakra. Associated with our connection with the divine. Activates when all other chakras are open and healthy. Keyword: enlightenment.
Each week will be dedicated to one (or two) Chakra(s). We will learn where it is located in the body, what physical and emotional characteristics it is associated with, and other associations it has (for example each Chakra is linked to a certain colour, symbol, sound etc). We will then look at what happens when the Chakra is blocked and will use our yoga practice to reflect on our own relationship to the Chakra and use relevant postures and other yogic tools to facilitate unblocking and opening each Chakra.
Working with the Chakras is a wonderful way to learn more about yourself and what perhaps you need to focus on to bring yourself into holistic balance.
Please get in touch via email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to book onto the course. Advance payment secures your place.
‘Exploring the Kleshas’ – comprehensive online course, available for purchase
This course, which ran in November 2021, is now available to purchase retrospectively, so that you can complete it in your own time and revisit it as many times as you like.
Cost: the price of the course is £40, which includes life-time access to 4 recorded classes (2 hours each, with philosophy discussion and themed physical practice), written summary notes for each class, home practice suggestions relating to each class and email support from my for queries relating to the course content and your experiences of this.
To purchase the course get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and I will provide payment details. On receipt of payment I will deliver the full course access to your email inbox.
This course draws upon Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, one of the key ancient Sanskrit texts that describes the yogi’s path in depth. In this course we delve into Chapter 2 of the Sutras, which outlines the practical nature of the eight-fold yoga path. We look at the five ‘Kleshas’, or ‘mental afflictions’ that Patanjali states are the main impediments that stop us from progressing on the yoga path and keep us stuck, suffering and frustrated. In brief, these Kleshas are:
- Avidya – spiritual ignorance; not fully understanding all that we are
- Asmita – egotism
- Raga – excessive desire
- Dvesa – aversion
- Abhinivesah – fear of death; clinging to life
For any dedicated yoga practitioner, at some point on our journey, it becomes clear that yoga is about much more than physical postures and full breathing. It is about becoming more conscious, enlightened and self-sovereign, empowered beings, not held prisoner by negative, unconscious behaviours. Over time, through growing self-awareness and self-study, both natural by-products of a sustained yoga practice, we make more and more of our unconscious behaviours conscious, and feel more and more empowered to shift ourselves positively, and feel more and more free. Yoga is ultimately a path towards self-liberation.
In this course you will learn about the five Kleshas as set out by Patanjali and, through self-reflection, will contemplate how they might be playing out in your life currently and holding you back. We will look at how we can use our yoga practice to gradually dissolve and move beyond each Klesha. In each session there is a blend of themed physical postures, breath-work, mind-focusing meditation techniques and talks about the underlying philosophy of yoga, based on one (or two) of the Kleshas. Summary notes, home practice suggestions and sometimes pertinent reference materials and links are provided to support each session.