Yogic Philosophy

From Knowledge to Knowing


A deepening immersion in Yogic Philosophy
FROM KNOWLEDGE TO KNOWING

Welcome to this workshop for Yogateachers and dedicated students of yoga.
The course is 40 hours. 30 hours in class and 10 hours is assigned for home assignment/Self-Reflection and reading.

OUTLINE

Yoga philosophy is the name of the thoughts and ideas that underlies the development of the yoga techniques. Traditionally the ancient yogis to investigate the deep structures of life, and the path of yoga philosophy is therefore a journey towards the core of what it is like to be human. Yoga philosophy can be seen as the key to unlock the potential of the old Indian techniques, and it is invaluable if you wish to navigate in the jungle of the modern yoga world. 

You are the sky. The rest is just weather.
-Pema Chödron

So rather than technical readings of the old texts, you can expect a presentation of the ideas followed by reflection and discussion. The reason for this priority is simple. For me, the first and foremost point of yoga and yoga philosophy is to reduce suffering and promote more freedom, connection and happiness. And I find that when yoga philosophy becomes an academic study of how exactly the old Indian yogis saw the world, it becomes difficult to feel the thoughts. What is more, to really take the philosophical points in, you need to put in some serious, honest reflection and challenge your fundamental believes about yourself. Without making the philosophy course into a therapy group, I find that the way to go is through reflection, sharing and discussion. This, in my opinion, is a wonderful and important part of working with philosophy although it sometimes takes courage and a good deal of letting go.

TO KNOW – KNOWLEDGE – KNOWING
Knowledge is finite.
It is the facts of life: Earth is round; the sky is blue. Knowledge has defined edges, beginnings and endings, a specific this is it; it is information the mind grasps in completeness until it doesn’t; for our understanding of things evolves. One day we drive cars that pollute the air. The next day we don’t. One day we spank children, thinking that it is the best learning. The next day we don’t. lOne day we separate ourselves from the world. The next day we don’t. Like a monkey, we swing from one narrow vine of knowledge to the next, holding on until we have the desire or courage to release our familiar grip and reach new understanding.

Knowledge is an it. Knowing is fluid, an ing. It is everywhere all at once, rather than in the confines of our limited personal mind. Like the wind, it blows through us unexpectedly and without us having any clear sense of its source, its cause. A sudden stroke of insight, gust of creativity, blast of concern that in no way can be made sense of by the facts of life. Mysteriously, this inexhaustible universal knowing mind exhales itself through us and is then gone, leaving perhaps only a chill, a resonance, a trace, a reminder of its presence.

We will explore what yogic philosophy has to say about becoming, knowledge, growth and insight.

HEART OF YOGA
In this immersion, we will also study a group of philosophical thoughts together called “the heart of yoga”.
Even though there are various schools of yoga philosophy, they all agree on these foundation thoughts who are:
The idea of suffering (duḥkha), Ignorance (avidyā), Desire (tṛṣṇā), Reincarnation (saṃsāra) and Liberation (mokṣa/nirvāṇa).
From there we shall view some of the most important philosophical concepts in the yoga tradition like Indifference (vairāgya), Impermanence (anitya), Emptiness (śunyāta), Karma, Discernment (viveka), Life force (prāṇa), Hatha, Shakti and tantra.

So rather than technical readings of the old texts, you can expect a presentation of the ideas followed by reflection and discussion. The reason for this priority is simple. For me, the first and foremost point of yoga and yoga philosophy is to reduce suffering and promote more freedom, connection and happiness. And I find that when yoga philosophy becomes an academic study of how exactly the old Indian yogis saw the world, it becomes difficult to feel the thoughts. What is more, to really take the philosophical points in, you need to put in some serious, honest reflection and challenge your fundamental believes about yourself. Without making the philosophy course into a therapy group, I find that the way to go is through reflection, sharing and discussion. This, in my opinion, is a wonderful and important part of working with philosophy although it sometimes takes courage and a good deal of letting go.

Practice, the days and sssignments To assist you in your learning process, you will be given a list of books to read prior to the course and as you embark on this course you will receive a compendium which will provide you with the key points of the course plus a bit of back-ground knowledge, to help you in your further studies afterwards. 
Everyday will involve a asana/pranayama practice to begin our day. There will be group discussion, self contemplation, lectures and Q and A.

After the course you have three assignments that will help you to digest what you have learned, and to connect it more closely to your own life and yoga practice. 

The yoga practice

When you study yoga philosophy you will naturally gain a better understanding of the yoga techniques and their potential. It is therefore natural that we shall connect the philosophy to a yoga practice, and this will be an important part of the philosophy course. The way I like to approach it is to first give a lecture on a philosophical point, then allow for personal reflection or discussion and finally guide a yoga class in which we can experience the philosophical points in our own practice. Since practice is a key component in the course, I wish to say a few words about it. 

ABOUT YOUR TEACHERS

Your primary teacher will be Ulrica Norberg, a well known and renewed yogamaster with decades of experience from yoga, meditation and spiritual living. Ulrica is also an academic with a masters degree in Film and Human Sciences where Literature, Philosophy and Indology – Indian Philosophy was some of the trails of knowledge she immersed herself in.

As co teacher she will invite a guest lecturer.

Information

Teacher: Ulrica Norberg and Guest teacher


Date: 18-21 March, 2021
Venue: Yoga Shakti, Stockholm

Denna utbildningsmodul är inkluderad i vår 500 hr utbildning, obligatoriska delen.

Prereguisite/Förkunskapskrav: A 200 hr Teacher training and minimum of 2 year yoga and meditation practice

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