The ancient tradition of Yoga is a path of contemplation, a meditative trek designed to remove the obstacles which obscure the true essence of who we are. The teachings expound that we are in fact infinitely more than meets the eye and it is this mis-identification (avidya) that is the cause of the suffering we experience in this life.
Traditionally, this trek home towards our true selves requires a map – an order of practices applied daily to reach the fertile state of stillness capable of removing the veil of ignorance (avidya), uncovering the true nature of being.
The journey, however, is no walk in the park and certainly fraught with obstacles we must overcome. Impeding the path to self-inquiry are the primordial energies of rajas and tamas (gunas). The preparatory practices of asana and pranayama (breathwork) are applied to ease their influence, support the development of stillness and clarity (sattva) and condition the vessel of the human body and mind for the internal contemplative practice of meditation.
Our time together will focus upon the Yoga-Sūtras and its philosophy of the true self as pure awareness (purusa) and how rajas and tamas affect our ability to quiet the mind and connect with the infinite potential residing within.
This workshop will include heavy doses of asana, pranayama and meditation.
Whit Hornsberger is a student and teacher of the wisdom traditions of Classical Yoga and Buddhism from Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
A former athlete, Whit found the path as a result of a career ending knee injury and the subsequent emotional and mental suffering inherent in losing one’s (supposed) self-identity and self-worth. His daily practice and teaching methods stem from the traditional practices of Vinyasa Krama (Krishnamacharya) and Theravada Buddhism. A passionate advocate of traditional teachings, Whit expounds the ancient wisdom of these lineages in a relevant manner, making them readily accessible to students at every stage of the path.
Lovers of surf and travel, Whit and his wife Nica run Soul Arch Yoga, a yoga project offering international workshops, retreats, trainings and online practices of embodied well-being.
Cost: $45 plus GST for one workshop OR $80 plus GST for both workshops with Whit
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