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An Exploration of the Eight Limbs of Yoga with Aoife Lacey

May 13th at Anjali Yoga Waterford

Join local yoga teacher Aoife Lacey, for an exploration of The Eight Limbs of Yoga - one of the Yogic Texts which is studied in depth is Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. In Patanjali's Sutras, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means "eight limbs" (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one's health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.

The Eight Limbs are:

Yama (Ethical standards and integrity);

Ni-yama (Self Discipline and observances);

Asana (Seat for meditation, or in modern postural yoga translates to the physical practice of yoga poses);

Pranayama (Breath practices and enhancement of Prana);

Pratyahara (Sensory Withdrawal);

Dharana (Mind Focus and concentration);

Dhyana (Meditation);

Samadhi (State of Peace and interconnectedness – enlightement).

We will begin the day with a well rounded yoga practice – Aoife's regular Sunday morning class will run slightly longer than normal (10:15am – 12 pm). After the practice of Asana (yoga postures) we will explore Pranayama (breath practices) and find our comfortable seat in Meditation.

We will have a shared lunch (please bring something to share) from 12:30 – 1:15pm.

From 1:15 – 3:00pm Aoife will introduce us to the Yamas and Ni-yamas and how they can be brought into our lives both on and off the mat.

3:00 – 4:30pm We will then look at the practice of Pratyahara, whereby we will use ear plugs/ muffs and eye pillows to close out some of our senses to enhance turning within. We will then explore some meditation techniques and finish the afternoon with some restorative yoga and yoga nidra.

Price for the day is ?65. (Please bring an eye pillow. Eye masks are available in studio but a pillow is nicer).

These 6.5 hours count as CPD hours for Yoga Teachers.

Booking is available online through (search Anjali Yoga Waterford), through the Anjali Yoga Waterford facebook page or through Aoife on 087 6064054.


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