Yoga is more than just postures…it’s a whole approach to life.

Are you ready to expand your authentic yoga journey?

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atha yoganusasanam
With prayers for divine blessings, now begins an exposition of the sacred art of yoga.
— Patanjali

Over 2,500 years ago, the Indian sage Patanjali defined eight components, or “limbs” as the blueprint for the yoga journey. This approach to yoga, called Raja yoga or The Royal Path, condenses the Indian yogic tradition into an open-ended system for cultivating ethical character, training the mind and realizing the Self.

With Patanjali, yoga is more than just a physical exercise or an esoteric philosophy - it’s an inner science to master your body and mind, awaken your spiritual potential and fulfill your destiny.

In this course we integrate the eight limbs of yoga on three levels:

1. Familiarize ourselves with key concepts and vocabulary of the yoga sutras through creative contemplation

2. Apply essential principles of practice to engage our physical, mental, emotional & energy bodies

3. Group discussion and personal healing through innovative exercises.

The course’s rhythmic nature allows spiritual truths to become evident through our lived experience - these are the true mirrors of our spiritual progress.

The best of Ancient Spiritual Tradition & Modern Science

We also complement the traditional teachings with contributions of contemporary experts in fields such as cognitive psychology, biology and neuroscience. With an understanding of habitual patterns and a deeper self-awareness, you can transform your trigger point into turning points. You’ll be better equipped to override your pre-programmed reactions and consciously respond in challenging situations - work, relationships, and personal life - thereby creating a more peaceful world for yourself and your loved ones.

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“I gained a deeper connection to my steady and peaceful centre, and learnt tools along the path of self-discovery.

Zamir’s guidance & wisdom was beautifully poised to deliver this content like a precious jewel and his heart is purely wanting to share this offering with others. A true gift.”

~Leni Koen, Graphic Designer

where yoga meets art & science

develop a transformative practice - on and off the mat.

A practice deck to guide your journey

Yoga philosophy is a vast ocean of knowledge that evolved over thousands of years - embracing the realizations, practices and paths of countless mystics and yogis. Since studying and applying the Royal Path (Raja Yoga) can be intimidating, we’ve created a visual tool to provide you with a solid foundation without hurting your head.

the royal path practice deck features:

  • Symbolic art that activates hidden connections in the subconscious

  • Stimulating questions to make the philosophy relevant in your life

  • Guided contemplations and suggested practices

  • Spiritual stories that convey the deeper meanings behind the concepts

Following this urban immersion, the practice deck will continue to guide and connect you with the insights and knowledge you experienced over the weekend.

Check out the oracle on IG @mysticyogioracle

a copy of the deck is included for students in the course

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“ Zamir leads with intuition, gently guiding us into developing more fully - whether it’s a posture, a breathing routine, or a meditation session. His unique ability to deliver all this along with Sufi poetry and the soothing music is an enchanting experience.

It’s unlike any yoga class or workshop I’ve ever attended.

He truly creates a container for healing, connecting, and learning.”

— Sabrina Lakhani - Behavioral scientist

Discover the 8 limbs

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Yama

Yama are the observances that establish harmony and caring for others. The intent is to live in such a way that the practice and study of yoga bears fruit.

Simple reflective exercises reveal the intelligence of yogic ethics and how we benefit from following them. Through self-examination we can proceed with both faith and reason as we apply them to our lives.

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Niyama

Niyama are the observances that establish harmony within ourselves. If our soil is dry and lacking minerals, nothing can grow. Following these observances ensures the integrity and richness of the soil - our body, speech and mind.

The niyama are essential for success in yoga, together we experience the outcome of embracing them as part of our practice.

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Asana

Patanjali defines asana as a steady, comfortable posture. This primarily refers to a seated position used in the meditative inquiry involved in Raja Yoga. However, in Hatha Yoga it refers to any position being assumed in the practice.

We will explore asana as a means for uniting body and mind, working with a simple yet powerful practice for exploring essential movement principles.

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Pranayama

Pranayama is the discipline of the breath. Prana also refers to energy, thus pranayama also refers to the practices that refine and direct energy in the body.

Prana is the bridge between the physical and psychic in the practice of Raja Yoga. We will explore it as a means for healing and energizing, as well as establishing equilibrium in both body and mind.

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Pratyahara

Pratyahara means turning inwards. This is where the inner journey of yoga begins and is supported by a disciplined engagement of our senses.

Thought experiments will be introduced that will allow you to practice and appreciate the importance of this limb.

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Dharana

Dharana means to develop one-pointed concentration. Without concentration there is no way to direct the tremendous potential of the mind - the energy we need for meditative inquiry is harnessed through concentrative practice.

Exercises for developing concentration will be given, as well as tips for how to maintain focus once we start without becoming tense.

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Dhyana

Dhyana is translated as absorptive contemplation or meditation - a state where a continuous flow of a single thought-form or awareness is held in the mind.

Dhyana is aided by all the preceeding limbs, but this is also where the science and art of meditation converge. We will draw upon the teachings of great meditation masters who provide guidance on this limb and how to engage whole-heartedly in the practice ourselves.

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Samadhi

Samadhi is the state of oneness - in its ultimate expression the distinction between the seer and the seen disappears. It’s described as stages of meditative absorption where we become increasingly integrated with the Cosmos.

There is no adequate way to encapsulate Samadhi in words. If you are blessed you will receive a glimpse -nonetheless you will leave with a systematic process of yoga designed to lead you this state of consciousness.

Course Details

For Interac email : zamirdhanji@gmail.com

Question : 8 limbs / Password : yoga

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“Zamir’s 8 Limbs training is a wealth of information that is accessible and relevant to all with texts, discussion, and asanas to help incorporate the teachings. Yoga teachers who have learned about the 8 limbs of yoga in their training can find a renewed understanding; students who are new to the practice can find a clear introduction to the concepts. I highly recommend this course.”

- Ally - Yoga teacher & school instructor

further reading

Read Zamir’s article titled A Vision of Yoga for Our Time for a deeper understanding of yoga’s role in global transformation.


About your guide

zamir dhanji

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Zamir is the primary instructor in yoga asana, pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy for the Langara College yoga teacher training programs. His hatha yoga training was under David Goulet, who developed the Chakra Yoga System following his studies with Swami Gitananda in India during the 1970’s. This approach is strongly influenced by developments in modern biology, physics and chemistry to provide a holistic and paradigm-shifting understanding of the body-mind system, one that complements the scientific knowledge of ancient yogis.

His spiritual teacher is Wisdom Master Maticintin, founder of HUMUH : Clear Mind Buddhism. She is a lineage holder of "Mind Treasure Teachings", meaning they come forth as a direct means of cultivating the mind of enlightenment. Also known as Ati-yoga, it primarily focuses on meditation and Buddhist logic.

The path as a whole includes the study of Buddhist teachings and applying oneself as a bodhisattva, meaning dedication to the ideal of attaining enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings as a servant of life. He has studied with her for the last eight years.

Dance, music, storytelling and poetry are also creative ways that Zamir communes with the Divine spark in himself and others, gifts that he weaves into his work to inspire students on the path of self-discovery.

Practice is the path to perfection.
Flow is focus without tension.
Yoga is union with the present moment.
Realization the fulfilment of life’s goal.
— Zamir