An afternoon workshop in London
Practical Philosophy: Resolve + Release
With Daniel Simpson
Sun, 6 Jan (14:00 - 17:00)
Triyoga Camden (£35)
The start of the year brings a chance to reflect on what we want to develop and what needs letting go. In this workshop, we will explore these ideas through yogic texts and apply them in practice on the mat and beyond.
Finding a balance of resolution and release is of vital importance in yoga philosophy. It’s the basis of practical guidance in the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita. We will examine what this means by reading verses from both texts and considering how they relate to modern life.
We will also investigate ways of refining the mind to act with skill. Patanjali’s “yoga of action” (kriya-yoga) is less well known than his eight-part system of ashtanga, but it combines three key aspects: self-discipline, study and devotion.
Together, they reduce the cause of mental anguish: an endless quest for gratification. With a subtle shift in focus to see things less personally, the misunderstanding behind this obstacle is weakened. This increases our acceptance of each other and ourselves, freeing up space to act decisively and wisely.
About half of the workshop will be practical, combining active and restorative yoga, some basic breath-control and silence. We will conclude by setting intentions for the year. Please bring something to write with and an extra layer for warmth.
About Daniel Simpson
Daniel presents yogic texts for modern times. Combining storytelling, humour and insight, his practical approach makes philosophy accessible. He holds a master’s degree from SOAS in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation, and teaches courses for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, and on teacher trainings. He also writes about yoga for magazines and on his website: http://danielsimpson.info