Yoga Basics A 4-Week Course for Absolute Beginners
Starting Friday 15th September, 6pm - 7pm
with Edie Stuart
Have you often thought about trying yoga but weren't sure where to start? Have you tried a few classes but feel you could do with going over some of the basics? Then this course is for you!
We will guide you through some of the fundamentals of any yoga practice: Developing an awareness of the body, learning some key yoga postures, exploring the 3 stages of the breath and understanding how mindfulness links all of these experiences together. You will come away feeling an improvement in your physical and mental state and feeling confident to join any of our beginners or general level classes.
You do not need to be fit, flexible or in shape! Come as you are and experience the benefits that yoga brings.
Spaces will be limited for this course, so book your spot now!
In this lecture Matthew Clark will present a broad history of yoga from the earliest references up to now.
He will survey yoga practices and philosophy as presented in the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Tantras and mediaeval yoga texts such as the Hathapradipika. The practices of radical sects of yogis, the Pashupatas and Kaspalikas, will also be explored, as will the yoga practices of some contemporary sects of renunciates, such as the Naths and Sannyasis. Finally, the modern, western understanding of yoga will be considered, particularly through the presentations and teachings of Vivekananda and Krishnamacharya.
Dr Matthew Clark (PhD) has been a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) since 2004. At SOAS he taught BA courses on Hinduism between 1999 and 2003. He has published articles and books on yoga, sadhus (yogis) and soma/haoma, and is also a song-writer and musician (Mahabongo).
Since 2002 he has been lecturing on yoga for teacher training groups and retreats at around twenty-five yoga centres: in the UK (London, Sussex, Devon, Avon, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Wiltshire), Europe (Austria, France, Spain, Czech Republic), Israel (Tel Aviv), India (Goa), Galle (Sri Lanka), Australia (Perth), and the USA (Oklahoma).
Matthew first began practising yoga in 1974, and since 1990 has been practising a form of Ashtanga yoga nearly every day. He has been visiting India since 1977, has spent around twelve years there in total, and has travelled there very extensively, visiting around 1,000 pilgrimage sites and trekking about 2,000 miles in the Himalayas.
Matthew Clark has recently published a book on soma/haoma, the ritual drink consumed by brahmans in their Vedic rites, and by Zoroastrians. He suggests that in ancient times the drink was made from a combination of plants that had the same effect as ayahuasca, the hallucinogenic drink of the Amazon region.