In Search Of The Essence Of Yoga
A Three Day Course Exploring the History of the Yoga Tradition
Sundays 25 March, 29 April & 20 May 2018, 10am to 4pm
Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, Walkley, S6 3TA

This course will take us on a fascinating journey through 5000 years of history as we go in search of the origins and history of the yoga tradition. It will comprise of a mixture of theory and practice. Each workshop includes lectures & group discussions, asana (posture work), pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, chanting and other practices from the yoga tradition.

These workshops are designed for yoga practitioners and teachers who wish to gain greater clarity and deeper understanding of yoga history and the many and varied paths of yoga.

25th March, Workshop 1: Exploring Pre-Patañjali Yoga

- Pre-Vedic and Early Vedic yoga? Examining the evidence
- Yoga in the Upaniṣads and Mahābhārata
- The Śramaṇa traditions of Jainism and Buddhism

Practices include: Chanting of Vedic Mantra (such as Gayatri and Mahamrityumjaya); Mahat Yoga Pranayama; Atma Vichara Meditation

29th April, Workshop 2: Patañjali and the Emergence of Classical Yoga

- The philosophy of Sāṅkhya
- The classical Yoga of Patañjali
- Influence of Advaita Vedānta

Practices include: Pranava (chanting of Aum, with a special focus on the three syllables); Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, Antar Mouna Meditation

20th May, Workshop 3: From Tantra to Hatha and Modern Yoga

- The origins and evolution of Tantra
- The arrival of Haṭha yoga and its links with Tantra
- The revival of Yoga in the modern period

Practices include: Chanting of Tantric mantras; Ujjayi Pranayama; Ajapa Japa Meditation

About The Tutor

Ben has completed a two year British Wheel of Yoga accredited teacher training course at Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales, an internationally renowned centre of yogic knowledge. Here, Ben also received extensive training in the teaching of meditation and Yoga Nidra. Ben has particular interest and knowledge in the history and philosophy of yoga and has been studying this area in depth for a number of years, and looks forward to sharing some of this knowledge and wisdom with you!


The fee for this course is £95. Booking through the Sheffield Yoga School. Download the Booking Form and return to Sheffield Yoga School at 16 Robertson Drive, Sheffield, S6 5DY.

Contact Ben for further details about the course.