ESSENTIAL YOGA PHILOSOPHY

2-5 April 2020
Pranama Ericeira

Bookings €499
 

Get your philosophy straight

Successful yoga practice needs a confident understanding of your sources of inspiration, a firm conviction of your beliefs, and their clear application.
Yoga is rich with contrasting schools of thought, critically assess whether the Yoga Sutras really works for you, and find a clear direction for your own life philosophy.

This is a course for everyone

A comprehensive, accessible introduction to the key aspects of yogic thought, the important texts and history. Presented to make complex subjects understandable and applicable to your yoga practice.

You fell asleep during your 200hr training philosophy and forgot it all

This is going to be entertaining! Cartoons, skateboards, sticky tape, competitions for candy. Philosophy shouldn’t be boring. Especially Indian philosophy, it’s rich with stories, strange analogies, badly dubbed cartoons and 80s TV shows.

A clear, modern perspective on yogic thought for even the most experienced teachers

Presented in a mix of mild irreverence and profound contemplations, this course involves research from modern academics such as Mark Singleton, James Mallinson, Seth Powell, Christopher Wallis, Oxford University and SOAS in London.

Equivalent to the philosophy hours of a full 200hr teacher training

Except you're not exhausted by a month of sweating and inner crisis, and delivered by an engaging lecturer specialised in philosophy

Includes morning movement classes with Helene Bloch-Levermore

Move with Helene into another beautiful day in Ericeira before philosophy, and end the day with an optional public class in Pranama.

 
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MIKE BLOCH-LEVERMORE

Philosophy BAhons. RYT200

Mike is particularly interested in Classical Non-Dual Shaivism, an avid follower of Christopher Wallis, and the principles that shape Embodied Flow, as created by Tara Judelle and Dr. Scott Lyons. Mike works closely with Satu Tuomela, himself as a co-teacher, student and friend. 

Originally from the UK, he gained a bachelor degree in Western Philosophy, and has studied Hinduism, Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit with Oxford University, and Yoga Philosophy with Seth Powell of Harvard University.

​Mike has travelled extensively, working as an expedition leader in South and Central America, China and Africa; a PADI Divemaster in S.E. Asia and a Kayak Instructor in Europe. He settled in Copenhagen for 8 years, where recently he has designed bespoke certificates in International Skills for a Danish business university.


Mike moved to Ericeira, Portugal in March 2019 with his wife, Helene and two giant cats

HELENE BLOCH-LEVERMORE

Movement RYT500

Helene’s teaching is soft and embracing. She holds a safe and allowing space, gently offering an exploration of the landscapes she creates through language, music and the stillness in both.


Her sessions provide a framework for you to speak from your movements, and experience their transformation in recognition. She draws inspiration from nature and inner landscapes in her classes, always searching for the seed of movements that initiates shape.

Helene grew up in the Danish countryside near a forest, and has always connected deeply to the elements; colours, patterns and movements between natural shapes inspired her from a young age. She attended a Waldorf school and later worked with theater, painting and various forms of performance arts. 

Helene has studied with Satu Tuomela in Bali, Portugal and The Philippines, and became an Embodied Yin Yoga teacher with Satu and Dr Scott Lyons in Stockholm.

She is continuously deepening her own practice and educating herself, and has recently taken a course in Women’s Self Care with Emily Kuser.

 

SUBJECTS

Lecture One

THE HISTORY OF YOGA

Challenging the concept that yoga is 5,000 years old.
Origin myths vs historical evidence
Theories of The Indus Valley Civilisation
The Vedas, and whether they contain yoga.
Overview of the massive timeline this course will follow.

Lecture Two

THE SRAMANA MOVEMENT AND BUDDHISM

The Sramana movement, an age of forest ascetics, and the Buddha's time as a hardcore renunciant

Lecture Three

THE KATHA UPANISHAD

The Story of Nachiketa and the Lord of Death's teachings on yoga.
Interactive reenactment of the famous chariot analogy of the mind

Lecture Four

THE VEDANTIC KOSHAS

Introduction to the school of Vedanta, transcendentalism and the koshas, as layers of ourselves.

Lecture Five

SAMKHYA AND THE TATTVA SYSTEM

The Samkyha tattva system with quotes from the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, contrasted with the 36 tattva system of Tantra and its alternative message.
Includes an interactive discourse on the nature of the mind.

Lecture Six

THE MAHABHARATA AND BHAGAVAD GITA

An overview of the epic text that contains the Bhagavad Gita. Providing a backstory of the family feuds that build to the famous battle at Kurukshetra and Krisha's associated teachings on yoga.
Includes a discourse on the concept of dharma, and the representation of women's dharma, as represented by the text's characters' opposing viewpoints for what constitutes correct action in life.

Lecture Seven

THE YOGA SUTRAS

A line-by-line exploration and critique of the Yoga Sutras.
Dispelling common misconceptions about the text and revisiting the original message and influence of the text.

Lecture Eight

CLASSICAL TANTRA

An introduction to the largely forgotten, non-dual philosophy of the Tantrik school of thought and its unrecognised effect on modern yoga.

Lecture Nine

HATHA AND MODERN YOGA

An overview of classical hatha yoga and tracing the sources of modern yoga practice.

 

€499 for the course, movement and a comprehensive manual

Your won't forget philosophy again

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