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Basic principles

by Lin

These workshops work with the subtle aspects of yoga, starting from a firm and grounded foundation – These workshops will cover the 8 limbs of yoga. Suitable for students with 6 months plus experience.

Our next workshop will be on the 16th November 12:30 – 15:30

This weeks topic will be on sutras II:46, II47  and II48

Sheaths of the body

1 physical body                                 annamaya kosa

2 physiological body                       Pranamaya kosa

3 psychological body                      manomaya kosa

4 intellectual body                           vijnanamaya kosa

5 The body of joy                             Anandamaya kosa

6 the body of consciousness        cittamaya kosha

7 the body of the self                       atmamaya kosa


Yamas Self restraint

Ahimsa -non violence

Satya- truthful

Asteya -non stealing

Brahmacarya -studentship

aprigrihah – without posessions

yamah – self restraint

Niyama disciplines

Sauca – cleanliness

Santosa- contentment

Tapah -burning desire

Savadhyaya – study

Isvara pranidhanani – devotion

Niyamah – established observances

Sutra II.46 sthira-sukham-āsanam

Sthira, firm, fixed, steady, steadfast, lasting

Sukham happiness, delight

Asanam postures, poses

Asana is a steady, comfortable posture.

Performance of asana should be nourishing and illuminative.

Conative, cognitive, mental, intellectual and spiritual

Dharana and dhyana

 Sutra II.47


By lessening the natural tendency for restlessness and by meditating on the infinite, posture is mastered.

Perfection in an asana is reached only when effort ceases, instilling infinite poise allowing the finite vehicle, the body to merge in the seer

Sutra II.48

tato dvaṅdva-an-abhighātaḥ

Thereafter, one is undisturbed by the dualities.

That (asana-posture) being achieved, pranayama-breath regulation is interruption of the (normal) motion of inhalation and exhalation.

The effect of asana is to put an end to the dualities of differentiation between the body and mind, mind and soul. None of the pairs of opposites can exist for the sadhaka who is one with the body, mind and soul.


I have practised Hatha yoga on and off for about 12 years (more off than on normally!) and have attended about 6 different classes in various places with but have never enjoyed the yoga as much as i am now. I feel very at ease in the class. Lin creates a lovely atmosphere where no-one feels inhibited (in previous classes i have felt pressure to get it right by very serious and somewhat overbearing teachers!). Lin explains things very well and the demonstrations really help to see exactly what i should be doing.

Jo McAuley

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