Deepening your practice: Inspiration for bringing yoga philosophy to life
For yoga students and teachers who:
• know there is more to yoga than postures
• want to deepen their practice and understanding of yoga philosophy
• yearn to embody yogic values more fully in everyday life.
How are you living the yogic values that inspire you? How connected are you with what your bodily wisdom has to offer about what really matters to you? Do you want guidance for living a more integrated and meaningful life? Sign up to get 1st dibs on my 6-week free home-study course! You will get first notice when registration opens.
In yoga classes, teacher trainings or retreats you’ve heard the terms yama and niyama. You’ve read about, and been inspired by, concepts like non-harming, non-grasping, and celibacy but you wonder how they apply in everyday life. You’re not living in an ashram and maybe you don’t have regular access to a teacher, so how do you deepen your practice and make these ethical precepts your own?
If you’re a yoga student, you’ve probably been to a number of retreats, or read many books on the subject. You know lots about the concepts but get stuck trying to implement them. Or you are really good at them, and practice intensely for a bit, but then get fed up because it’s too hard or too discouraging to go it alone.
The truth is, these ethical precepts are relational. They are meant to be understood in practice, in context, with regular svadhyaya (self-reflection) and support.
What you really need is a structure that supports you in going deeply into the concept as it relates to you and your life, and that enables you to then carry that learning forward into life.
The free, six-week program provides you with self-guided mini-retreats and daily practices for six weeks of experiential learning.
Bringing Yoga Philosophy to Life will furnish everything you need to provide yourself with six individually-themed weekly mini-retreats on yoga’s ethical precepts, and structures for keeping your practice growing. You’ll receive a x-page guidebook inspiring and helpful materials, an introduction to the basic concepts of yoga philosophy and ethics, mini-retreat outlines and instructions, weekly journals with theme-related prompts, audio recordings each week to guide your practice, and a simple and gentle yoga practice.
What do you get with this program?
The program is designed with two emails a week. The first one, which arrives on Fridays, provides you with links to the materials for the week, and the second serves as a gentle reminder so you can stay on track with the week’s activities.
Week One: Intentions for the program
In Week 1 you will receive a Getting Started guidebook, which introduces you to the program and provides all the foundational material you need to successfully complete the program. The Guidebook introduces the program and lets you know what to expect.
The Guidebook will provide you with a rationale for the ethical foundations of yoga practice. You will be introduced to yoga in its widest sense, known as Patanjali’s Eight Limbs, which includes postures and so much more, giving you a context for this home study program. You will become familiar with the ethical foundations of yoga practice, called the yamas (restraints; pointers toward actions best avoided) and niyamas (observances; positive actions to cultivate). These foundations are applied in the arenas of body, speech and mind, and you will have the opportunity to explore these applications as you work through the program.
The Guidebook also provides you with the reference materials you need, such as the text for guiding the self-inquiry (or pancamaya process) that will be fundamental to your work, and a basic yoga postures practice sheet. There is also a section for helpful hints and troubleshooting for when you get stuck.
You will receive an audio recording of a guided pancamaya process that you can use for your practice, if you prefer to be guided, rather than guide yourself using the text in the Guidebook.
You will also receive an audio recording of a yoga nidra practice that includes a sankalpa (intention or resolution) directly related to bringing yoga practice to life. This is intended to be the last activity of the first week and sets the stage for the growth to come.
You will receive a lovely .pdf journal with daily journaling prompts on the theme of the week that you can print out and fill in as you go through the reflections and exercises in the program. In Week One you will be preparing for your journey through the program so the prompts have to do with getting ready and setting intentions for the work to come.
Your first email will contain instructions for the first mini-retreat and daily practices, along with links to download the guidebook, journal and audio recordings for the week.
Weeks Two to Five:
Each week you will receive a journal, audio recording and two emails.
Friday emails contain a brief reflection on an aspect of bringing yoga practice to your life, instructions for the weekly mini-retreat and daily practice, and links to download the journal and audio recording for the week. Wednesday emails will remind you to stay on track with a dose of inspiration.
Each week’s journal includes the text for self-guiding the pancamaya process on the theme of the week for use during your weekly mini-retreat, as well as a page for each day with journaling prompts.
A recording of the guided pancamaya process, in case you prefer to be guided rather than reading the text yourself. These recordings are different each week to reflect the different themes and emphasis of the specific week. They are intended for use during your weekly mini-retreat so you can develop a relationship to the week’s theme in preparation for bringing it to life.
Themes Weeks Two to Six
Week Two: Approaching yoga philosophy
Week Three: Relating yoga philosophy and life
Week Four: Obstacles and difficulties in bringing yoga philosophy to life
Week Five: Small steps forward to bring more yoga philosophy to life
Week Six: Harvesting and integration
Trying to bring the inner aspects of yoga into my life in a committed way, on my own, just wasn’t working, so I had been keeping my eyes and ears open for a class that would add another dimension to my physical practice. This type of class is difficult to find.
Participating in Shulamit’s classes has given me the opportunity to make the ethics practices a part of daily life. I need the reminders it affords me. The guidance and direction for exploring each area we’ve covered so far has helped me see things a little more clearly, changing my perspective and broadening my view.Laurie Scott
I wanted to be able to support my students by more fully integrating yoga philosophy into practice as a teacher.
Because of the self-inquiry practice, on a personal level, the way I listen to people has changed; I am a more conscious listener. I am more compassionate, and calmer.
As a teacher, I can provide more potent support and a better container to my students before and after class. I can simply listen without needing to provide an answer or a solution. I now know just listening is healing and supportive.Tricya Morrice
Now, after attending Shulamit’s classes, I have an understanding of the interplay between the yamas, niyamas and life. I can draw my experiences with yoga slowly out into my life. This class helps me create the conditions for living my practice.Andrea Empey