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In Search of the Essence of Yoga with Dr. Benjamin Major

Sun 29th Sept, 27th Oct & 24th Nov 2019
10am - 4pm
Ability Level: Open to All

A Three-Day Course Exploring the History of the Yoga Tradition

This course will take us on a fascinating journey through 5000 years of history as we go in search of the origins and history of the yoga tradition.

It will comprise of a mixture of theory and practice. Each workshop includes lectures & group discussions, gentle asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting and other practices from the yoga tradition. This course is designed for yoga practitioners and teachers who wish to gain greater clarity and deeper understanding of yoga history and the many and varied paths of yoga.

Sunday 29 September
Workshop 1: Uncovering the early roots of yoga
– Pre-Vedic and Early Vedic yoga? Examining the evidence
– Yoga in the Upaniṣads and Mahābhārata
– The Śramaṇa traditions of Jainism and Buddhism
Sunday 27 October
Workshop 2: Patañjalian yoga and the six darśanas
– The philosophy of Sāṅkhya
– The classical Yoga of Patañjali
– Influence of Advaita Vedānta
Sunday 24 November
Workshop 3: Tantra, Haṭha and the path to modern yoga
– The origins and evolution of Tantra
– The arrival of Haṭha yoga and its links with Tantra
– The revival of Yoga in the modern period

About the teacher:

Ben teaches yoga at Yoga Nature Sheffield and has completed a two-year British Wheel of Yoga accredited teacher training course at Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales, an internationally renowned centre of yogic knowledge. Here, Ben also received extensive training in the teaching of meditation and Yoga Nidra. Before this, Ben completed a BA, two Master’s degrees and a PhD in various areas of philosophy, humanities and the social sciences. Ben has particular interest and knowledge in the history and philosophy of yoga and has been studying this area in great depth for a number of years now and looks forward to sharing some of this knowledge and wisdom with you!

Time: 10am - 4pm
Next Classes:
  • 29th September 2019
  • 27th October 2019
  • 24th November 2019

£120 for all 3 days


£45 per day workshop


Booking Essential

Benjamin Major 

E: ben@yoganaturesheffield.org.uk 

T: 07795033872

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