A workshop for all yoga students and teachers who wish to explore the rich history and philosophy of classical yoga. We are very honored to welcome Navtej Johar, from New Delhi, for a yoga sutra chanting and study workshop.
Yoga is well-known for it’s many physical and mental benefits but what is often unknown is the philosophy that grounds basic understanding of yoga philosophy. The practice of yoga is based upon ancient metaphysical systems. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali attempts to explain and organize these sophisticated metaphysical concepts with the aim to convert philosophy into practice.
Sanskrit (the language of the yoga sutras) originally was an oral language and it places great emphasis on the quality of sound. The workshop will focus on the 1st chapter of the Yoga Sutras, learning how to chant the sutras and how the vocal apparatus is organized for the production of these sounds. Phonetic sound, cadence, meter as well as the gaps of silence that comprise a sutra, each of these have meaning.
The intent behind sutra chanting is to get familiar with underlying metaphysics, understand the organisation of knowledge-nuggets that have been placed in a specific sequence, and to commit them to memory for easy recall in order to have philosophy-at-hand so as to be able to further one’s practice.
Navtej Johar is a dancer/choreographer as well as a yoga practitioner/teacher in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya (B.K.S. Iyengar’s teacher/brother-in-law) and Sri TKV Desikachar (son of Krishnamacharya). Founder of Studio Abhyas, a yoga and dance studio in New Delhi, India, (www.abhyastrust.org), Johar is currently a fellow at the International Research Centre, Interweaving Performance Cultures, Freie Universitat, Berlin.
Teaching Language: English with German translation
Cost: 150€ Info:
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