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Beyond the Mat

This "style" offers you a vast array of yoga topics beyond time on your mat. Here you will discover these other elements of yoga through lecture on the following topics: history, mythology, philosophy, practices and lifestyle. Join world-renowned scholars and yogis sharing their knowledge and wisdom on the depth of yoga. We hope you'll find it equally as enriching to your life as your asana practice!

Living things are called "sattva" because every thing has its own nature and exists from within it's own terms. Nutrition for one living thing is inedible to another; what is toxic to one, is food to another. Every question of self-care returns to your nature, leading back to how you create an equilibrium that allows you to flourish. Take part in this conversation that asks, how do you create balance true to your individual nature? Props Suggested: A bolster or a blanket or a chair.
Practice Focus: Philosophy & Lecture
1-2 15 Dr. Douglas Brooks
Yoga teaches how to make death a great teacher, how it's presence as the shared human destiny becomes an invitation to learn the value of each day. Death brings a poignant urgency to the gifts of life. Rather than avoid the subject, learn how yoga traditions teach how to feel from death the love of life, and think about death as a teacher whose lessons can enrich your feelings for being alive. Props Suggested: A bolster or a blanket or a chair.
Practice Focus: Philosophy & Lecture
1-2 15 Dr. Douglas Brooks
Learn how Classical Indian sources tell us that a life is in need of organizational structures that bring you to your boundaries and potentials in this lecture-based class. The key term here is asrama, which in this instance means the stages that empower you to live in the fullness of your shared humanity. Explore this notion from its origins with attention to how Indian traditions bring you into your experience as a developing human being. Props Needed: A blanket or a bolster to sit on.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
2-3 30 Dr. Douglas Brooks
Listen to a lecture about friendships found in a variety of traditions and beliefs. Learn how in ancient Vedic worlds, the god Mitra comes to personify friendship, as the Buddhist tradition creates the Buddha of the future, Maitreya, whose name translates as "friendliness." Also learn how in yoga traditions the virtue called maitri holds similar meaning. Look for and contemplate the connections so you can draw out the significance of these characters and concepts. Props Needed: A blanket or a bolster to sit on.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
2-3 15 Dr. Douglas Brooks
Listen to a lecture and learn how once there was a river in the northwest of the Indian subcontinent called the Sarasvati. That river is no longer physically a part of the geography and yet the name continues. Start with the concepts of wisdom and creativity, learning and expression that lead you to the goddess Sarasvati. Look at her origins, mythology, and the meanings associated with her as the embodiment of these values and empowerments. Props Suggested: A blanket or a bolster to sit on.
Practice Focus: Philosophy & Lecture
2-3 60 Dr. Douglas Brooks
Listen to a lecture and learn how Tantra offered challenges to the puritanism of Jainism, urging its followers to worship the goddess and engage in the five forbidden M's of drink, drugs, meat, fish, and fornication. Haribhadra, acknowledging this tradition's allure, advised his students to embrace Eightfold Yoga, re-aligning Patanjali's system with Jaina principles and with the worship of eight wisdom goddess who foster benevolence, protection, power, light, stability, beauty, radiance, and liberation.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
2-3 15 Dr. Chris Chapple
Listen to a lecture and learn how dharma is a pervading concept in yoga traditions, indeed in all Indian thinking. Create a basic outline for the sources that define and determine the meanings of "dharma." Dharma has social and political definitions, ethical and metaphysical meanings. Begin to understand the sources and how they came to become authoritative about the subject. Props Needed: A blanket or a bolster to sit on.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
2-3 30 Dr. Douglas Brooks
The spiritual path begins with an experience of yearning for something greater than the humdrum of daily existence and its dramas. By exploring your own karmic narrative, you enter the path of yoga. You cultivate benevolence through the practice of the Five Great Vows. Consequently, you're able to meditate, and enter a state of equipoise; whether in circumstances of praise or blame, culminating in overcoming the karmas that characterize mundane life, leading to freedom.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
1-2 15 Dr. Chris Chapple
Listen to a lecture and look at the key concept of pramana - how you know what you know. Learn how yoga inherits theories of knowing called pramana, "towards thinking." No matter how rooted you become in personalized experience, the traditions of Sankhya-Yoga remind you there are ways to distinguish the processes of thought so that all have means to fathom delusion, deception, and the pursuit of truth.
Practice Focus: Philosophy & Lecture
2-3 15 Dr. Douglas Brooks
Listen to a lecture and learn how 24 perfect yogis provide inspiration for the attainment of Siddha Loka, the realm of freedom. Adhinath (or Rishibha) reportedly invented agriculture, marriage, and law; his daughters, Brahmi and Sundari, created writing and mathematics. Neminath renounced the world on the way to his wedding. Parshvanath was rescued from drowning by two cobras as he practiced his meditation. Mahavira taught the precepts of Jaina Yoga as practiced today.
Practice Focus: Philosophy & Lecture
2-3 60 Dr. Chris Chapple
Listen to a lecture and learn how with more than 150 different variants on the verbal root/yuj, from which you create the word "yoga", the Bhagavadgita provides an indispensible resource for broadening the concept that is more narrowly defined in other early sources. What does the Bhagavadgita have to say about how "yoga" can be used in so many different ways? Props Needed: A blanket or a bolster to sit on.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
2-3 30 Dr. Douglas Brooks
Listen to the story of Queen Amritamata, who cheats on her husband and then kills him and his mother. Mother and son take a succession of several births beginning as a dog and a peacock, until finally, twin chickens. The chickens learn Jainism from a monk and are born as prince and princess in the palace. Mom becomes a nun, son a monk, and they teach Jainism and the way of peace.
Practice Focus: Lecture & Philosophy
2-3 30 Dr. Chris Chapple

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