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Paradox of Contentment

The word Hatha is widely known to mean the Sun and the Moon. However, the more literal meaning of the word in many Indian languages is adamant, obstinate, unyielding or uncompromising. This attitude required of the yoga practitioner has the danger of making the student dissatisfied, demanding and competitive. On the other hand the yoga student is also asked to have santosha, contentment. What is the nature of contentment with regard to this quality of asana practice? The philosophy of yoga and the method of asana practice will be addressed to shed light on this paradox; correct understanding and application of this principle will facilitate a deeper practice without the loss of contentment.

For more general description refer to General Approach in Yoga Classes and Workshops.

In this workshop, the art of working with yoga will be explored for teachers as well as students. This inquiry into the yoga practice will be directed towards understanding the Self beginning with asana practice and looking into the nature of thought. This workshop is appropriate for those who have been practicing yoga for at least one year.


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