ESSENTIAL YOGA PHILOSOPHY
2-5 April 2020
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.
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’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.
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.
THE SRAMANA MOVEMENT AND BUDDHISM
The Sramana movement, an age of forest ascetics, and the Buddha's time as a hardcore renunciant
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
THE VEDANTIC KOSHAS
Introduction to the school of Vedanta, transcendentalism and the koshas, as layers of ourselves.
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.
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.
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.
An introduction to the largely forgotten, non-dual philosophy of the Tantrik school of thought and its unrecognised effect on modern yoga.
HATHA AND MODERN YOGA
An overview of classical hatha yoga and tracing the sources of modern yoga practice.