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The God's Workshop- Starting form March 12 - May 21

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The God's Workshop- Starting form March 12 - May 21

Every asana had a story to tell, from the movement of the bones, the stretch of the muscle to the rhythm of the breath while in the pose. But beyond this are the profound stories of love, faith and courage that come from the great Gods and Goddesses themselves. 

Delve deeper into your practice and discover the stories that link the postures to the ancient spiritual and philosophical landscape of Nepal and her neighbors. Over the next 6 sessions, we will journey from Shiva to Shakti, stopping to visit the Sun and the Moon along the way. Each session will begin with the stories and philosophy of the peak posture for that day. 75 mins of carefully crafted asana practice, including the anatomical brake down of the pose, allowing you to access the peak posture in your own way before coming to rest in a blissful rotation of consciousness in Yoga Nidra. 

Workshop Details
Comprises of 6 sessions 

March 12th: The story of Shiva & Shakti – peak posture, Natarajasana 

March 26th: The story of Kamadeva’s bow resting in the hands of the Goddess – peak posture, Dhanurasana & Urdhva Dhanurasana  

April 9th: Surya the Sun God – peak posture, Surya Yantrasana 

April 23rd: Chandra the Moon God – peak posture, Ardha Chandrasana & bound variation 

May 7th: The monkey God Hanuman – peak posture, Hanumanasana 

May 21st: Kali Ma – peak posture, Kaliasana 

Course Description
This course is recommended for any practitioner who is interested in extending and enhancing their physical practice as well as gaining a deeper insight into the spiritual and philosophical dimensions of yoga. The sequences of the asana practice will be structured so that anyone from beginner level to more advanced will be able to access the postures in the most authentic way for their body. It is a great starting point if you are considering taking a yoga teacher training and can also be taken as CPD for qualified yoga teachers who are looking to move their teaching beyond asana. 

About Course Instructor
Yasmin Mirza – Yoga Teacher 
“Through the practice of yoga, the true self is revealed and allows one to discover that they are whole & perfect & part of the divine.”
I was first introduced to the philosophies of yoga in my early teens and then later at university where I studied Anthropology & Sanskrit. Through hours spent pouring over the Sanskrit texts, I fell in love with the spiritual roots of the ancient yogic practices and teachings. In the same way that I sought out the different spiritual and philosophical truths of yoga, I tried a variety of yogasan styles, and through the years, my practice and teaching has evolved to include a slow form of Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga as well as Restorative and Yoga Nidra. 
 
One of my major interests within the field of yoga, is the way in which the traditions and practices have been interpreted around the world. In 2013, I completed my MA in Interreligious Dialogue with a particular focus on the spiritual and cultural appropriation of yoga by the West. After this, I qualified with Yoga London as an accredited yoga teacher. Since then, I have continued to train and teach yoga and over the years, I have been lucky enough to learn from and practice with some amazing teachers from around the world. For the last 11 years I have had the honour of being taught by Ann Pidcock in London and in the last 6 years, it has been a blessing and privilege to work alongside and learn from Ramesh Sapkota in Nepal.  
 
At the heart of why I teach is a fundamental belief that yoga is a sacred gift to be shared, that the practice encompasses the entirety of one’s physical, mental, and spiritual self and that this practice should be accessible to everyone. My classes are sequenced in a way that allows students to build strength and stamina, exploring a variety of postures that help to create confident and self-aware practitioners mindful of the biodynamics of their own bodies and rooted in the spiritual foundations and philosophies of this most ancient tradition. 


Each Session Description

March 12th: The story of Shiva & Shakti – peak posture, Natarajasana 
In homage to the Adiyogi, we begin our journey with the most iconic pose in yoga, Natarajasana. Known as ‘dancers poses’, the peak posture for this session finds it’s origins in the story of Lord Shiva as the Nataraja, the divine cosmic dancer. Time will be spent exploring the spine, with a focus on the thoracic region as well as considering the importance of strong legs and open hips in the pose. The session will end with the practice of yoga Nidra.

March 26th: The story of Kamadeva’s bow resting in the hands of the Goddess – peak posture, Dhanurasana & Urdhva Dhanurasana  
The use of the Goddess’s bow requires both strength and flexibility which is exactly what our peak postures for this session require. Continuing the theme of back bending, in this session, we will explore the difference between building strength in the spine and relying on flexibility, focusing in on the importance of the anterior chain in order to safely become the Goddess’s bow without compromising the health of the spine. 

 April 9th: Surya the Sun God – peak posture, Surya Yantrasana 
In this session, we will call upon the warmth of the great Sun God Surya, to heat and open the muscles in the back of the legs. Time and focus will be given to safely accessing the strength and flexibility of the hamstrings as well as an exploration of each individual part of the peak posture before drawing all our learning together to reflect the ‘tools of the Sun’ in Surya Yantrasana.  

April 23rd: Chandra the Moon God – peak posture, Ardha Chandrasana & bound variation 
From allowing us to access the balance required to stand on one leg to the fluidity of motion in the spine, the phases of the great God Chandra play a huge roll in our daily yoga practices. During this session, we will turn the gaze inward and learn how to start noticing the subtle changes the waxing and waning of the moon has on our human being. While honouring the strength Shiva offers Chandra in his weaker moments, we will utilise the practice of introspection to find a meditative state so that we may bind and balance in Ardha Chandrasans. 

May 7th: The monkey God Hanuman – peak posture, Hanumanasana 
We often think that the key to ‘the splits’ is length and flexibility in the hamstrings, the real secret is that this asana is a practice of Ahimsa. Arguably the most important of the Yama & Niyama, in this session, we will focus on humbling the ego so that we may accept and offer loving kindness to ourselves and the limitations of our being. That being said, there will be the opportunity to explore the full range of Hanumasana before finding stillness in Yoga Nidra. 

May 21st: Kali Ma – peak posture, Kaliasana
We close our journey with a reflection on the wisdom of the Great Goddess Kali and how we can utilise her strength both on and off the mat. Kali forces us to find and stand in the light of our own truth without fear. As we move through our final practice, we will draw upon all that has been learnt to honour our own being, to cultivate our own practice and to find the balance necessary to accept things just as they are. 

Other Details
Date: Starting from Saturday, March 12, 2022
Timing: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Venue: Avata Wellness Center, Baluwatar, Kathmandu
Exchange Per Session: Rs. 1200 (members), Rs. 1800 (For non-members)
Exchange for whole package: Rs 8500 (members), Rs. 10,000 (For non-members)

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