The Essence of Yoga Course ~ Foundations in Yoga Philosophy
with Natalie Snooke

Saturdays 3 - 24 February 2018

The Essence of Yoga Foundations in Yoga Philosophy CourseJoin us for an inspiring course to better understand the origins, systems of Eastern thought and philosophies that underpin authentic Yoga, as well as how to apply it effectively in your everyday life.   

Do you love your yoga and want to know more?  

Authentic Yoga is about freedom, not just good health. Freedom from the limitations of our mind, emotions and body so that we can live a rich, happy life and reach our full potential.

“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” TKV Desikachar, Yoga Master

Aside from the beneficial physical, breathing and meditative techniques that form part of any modern-day Yoga class or home practice, there is a much greater picture to Yoga. When we come to fully understand what's behind what we're doing, we can live with greater integrity and a deeper level of happiness. When we embrace the complete path of Yoga as a lifestyle choice, then it can truly change our lives and liberate us from suffering.

If you've already undertaken some yoga study, you might've realised that Yoga is a very vast subject, with many Sanskrit concepts and subtle layers. It can be confusing and challlenging to make sense of, let alone apply to one's life.

"It was intimate, rich and juicy. I've had past experience with Yoga philosophy and found it hard to grasp. Natalie is very real and made it easy for me to identify with and apply to my life. I loved exploring and cultivating self-awareness with the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita in your Foundations of Yoga Philosophy Course." Bridie, yoga teacher

What You'll Learn

Presented with clarity, this course is designed to deepen and broaden your knowledge of yoga. The course includes detailed written notes, experiential tools and focus questions for self-study each week.  

Each week we will engage in discussion and questions to enable participants to discover for themselves the beautifully vast and diverse application of Yoga philosophy. We will learn about the importance of continually observing ones actions and reactions in the comings and goings of everyday life. You will be guided to put your insights into practice through the way you behave, make decisions and relate in everyday life. 

We will cover:

Week 1 - Origins and Meaning of Yoga

  • What is Yoga?
  • Understanding self-study and spiritual growth
  • Clarifying the branches of authentic Yoga
  • Strengths and limitations of modern-day Hatha Yoga
  • Schools of Indian philosophy
  • Self-study - what does Yoga mean to me?

Week 2 - History of Yoga

  • Rituals and links to the Vedas and Upanishads
  • Significance of Pre and Post-Classical Yoga philosophy
  • The roles of story-telling, love and sexuality in Yoga
  • Key differences and similarities between Buddhism and Yoga
  • Self-study - the rituals and stories in your life  Foundations in Yoga Philosophy Course
Week 3 - Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Understanding the Yoga Sutras
  • How to integrate the eight limbs of Yoga
  • Yoga as a path of action
  • You social ethics - applying the Yamas
  • Your personal ethics - applying the Niyamas
  • Self-study - letting go and letting be
Week 4 - The Bhagavad Gita
  • Understanding the Bhagavad Gita
  • Clarifying what is God and who are the dieties?
  • The individual soul and universal soul
  • Tuning-into the cycles of life: dharma, karma, rebirth and liberation
  • The gunas and levels of consciousness
  • Self-study - finding genuine freedom.

Join Natalie on a journey to the rich essence of Yoga.  Natalie has been a long-term student of Yoga and Eastern philosophy for 12 years. She has spent time living in ashrams and learning 'off the mat' under the guidance of several imminent Indian and Western teachers including: Emil Wendil, Gregor Maehle, Georg Feuerstein, Sri OP Tiwari, Carlos Pomeda, Swami Nitya Muktananda, Swami Satyadharma, Patrick Kearney and Professor Nagaraja Rao. Distilled with her own experiences, she brings heart, passion, humour and a lively enthusiasm to Yoga philosophy!

Through the course, we will draw from two key texts. These texts are considered timeless sources of wisdom and will become an asset for any yoga practitioner! They are recommended reading for students keen to get the most out of the course and copies are available for purchase from Momentum at any time:  Kriya Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Siddhas , Marshall Govindan ($27) and T he Bhagavad Gita , Eknath Easwaran ($27). 

What Past Participants Say

"I've been able to really deepen my self-truth, discipline and awareness through your Yoga Philosophy Course. What was special about it was the way all answers and discussions were accepted within the group, there were no negative comments. I preferred this informal style of learning and have now got the desire to read more and put philosophy more into my life." Lydia, yoga student

"I found the balance of theory and practice in your Foundations in Yoga Philosophy Course to be just right. It gave me a framework and context for my asana practice, as well as guidance on how to apply philosophy in my life. The delivery was intimate and very welcoming, thank you." Melanie Browne, trainee yoga teacher

"Allocating time and space each week to develop my knowledge and understanding of yoga philosophy meant I could better practice detachment and self-awareness. It was a great opportunity to reflect upon how we can use philosophy in our daily lives. Each module of your Foundations in Yoga Philosophy Course built on the previous one and we were skillfully guided, especially through our explorations of the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, despite the short time frame. It was a great learning space!" Wendy, yoga student

"Your Foundations in Yoga Philosophy Course was fabulous! I found all of the information and discussion really helpful. It's a great thing to come from beginner's mind again and absorb your wealth of experience and wisdom. The weekly reflection questions were a great aspect to relate the philosophical elements into real life and the discussions created a real depth to the thinking/feeling process. It was a great course that allowed deeper self-study. Thank you Natalie for your energy, love and patience." Jody, yoga teacher

"Really understanding that yoga is more than asanas was the most beneficial thing from your Foundations in Yoga Philosophy Course. It was very enjoyable and easy to understand. Natalie explains things in a beautiful, inclusive and enjoyable way. And it's in a lovely enviornment, not like a classroom." Janet, yoga student

 "I can't put into words my experience of your Foundations in Yoga Philosophy Course, it has to be experienced. There was a lot of depth to the course and having concepts explained, rather than just me reading and trying to work things out for myself, was so beneficial. Being in a group of yogis with open minds and hearts was wonderful." Jane Andrews, yoga teacher

Bookings & Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for this course, and both beginners and experienced yoga students and teachers are welcome. However it is recommended that participants have a high level of maturity and genuine interest in learning about Yoga and Eastern philosophy . This course is suitable for yoga teachers and trainees from all yoga lineages and traditions and qualifies as 10 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with Yoga Australia.

A maximum of 12 places is available - pre-paid bookings are essential.  

Course Dates:     Saturdays 3 - 24 February 2018 (4 weeks)

Time:    1.30 - 4.00pm  

Cost:     $185 full price / $165 concession (student, healthcare and seniors card holders)                       


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