In November will be exploring some of the themes that run through the Bhagavad Gita and how we can use these ideas in a yoga class and take away the lessons that the classic Indian Spirituality is teaching us.

The different themes will be non-attachment and riding the waves in our life. We will look at the Three Gunas with their attributes – tamas (stability), rajas (activity),and sattva (consciousness), they are the ways that we respond to any situation that arises.

We will explore what are our divine qualities that can develop and lead us into happiness and wisdom. Finally the last class will look at Jnana Yoga which is known as the Way of the Wisdom. It is the process of recognising the truth and then merging with it.

Photos From This Months Classes

Pigeon Pose
Tree Pose
Wide Legged Forward Fold
Humble Warrior
Intense Side Stretch
Extended Side Angle Pose

The Five Niyamas - Svadhyaya

The theme for the next couple of months is from the Five Niyamas, you can have a look at the video above but Svadhyaya translates directly from Sanskrit and it's literal meaning is self-study. It has the potential to deepend our yoga practice beyond the mat.

The study of sacred texts such as The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Hatha Yoga Pradipika allows us to develop the study of the self (self knowledge). This self awareness allows us to re-address and balance our lives which leads to a deeper awareness of the Self or soul.

Photos From This Months Classes

Humble Warrior
Intense Side Stretch
Extended Side Angle Pose

Bound on all sides by scheming and anxiety, driven by anger and greed, they amass by any means a hoard of money for the satisfaction of their cravings.

The Bhagavad Gita 16:12
Trianlge Pose
Standing Forward Fold Twise
Camel Pose

Online Classes Return

Three new classes have gone up on our YouTube Channel today. Just go to Playlists and then Yoga Classes. You can do them for free or by PayPal donation whatever suits you best in your current situation.

There's a full class in line with the Gunas theme of the month, an alternate nostril breathing practice, and also a Seven Points of Posture meditation practice.

Last months online classes

29/09/2020 The Niyamas - Svadhyaya Week 1
06/10/2020 The Niyamas - Svadhyaya Week 2
13/10/2020 The Niyamas - Svadhyaya Week 3
20/10/2020 The Niyamas - Svadhyaya Week 4

This Months Music

Here's a list of songs that Vicky has enjoyed listening to this month, and we know you always ask, so have a look through below and see if there's anything you like.

Lisbeth Scott Gratitude
Soulfood The White Bear
Sacred Earth Breathing Space
Krishna Das Heart As Wide as the Word
Illumina Adi Shakti Mantra
Lisbeth Scott Breath
Snatum Kaur Mul Mantra
Lisbeth Scott Release
Wah! Heart Sutra
Maya Fiennes Deep Relaxation

Suggested Reading

If you're at a bit of a loose end and have some time, it would be a really good opportunity for you to have a read of the Bhagavad Gita, which has been translated and made more accessible by Eknath Easwaran. If you've got a local bookshop near you, give them a ring, they might be able to order it for you.