Yoga is more than just postures…it’s a whole approach to life.
Are you ready to start your authentic yoga journey?
A multi-DISCIPLINARY IMMERSION
The best of Ancient Spiritual Tradition & Modern Science
Over 2,500 years ago, the Indian sage Patanjali defined eight components, or “limbs” as the blueprint for the yoga journey. He condensed the Indian yogic tradition into an open-ended system for cultivating ethical character, training the mind and realizing the Self.
we build on the yogic blueprint
In this workshop, we approach yoga as an evolving system integrating the contributions, teachings, and insights of many contemporary experts in the fields of hatha yoga, cognitive psychology, biology and neuroscience.
A session of yogic postures, breathing & meditation is followed with scientific discussion and personal reflection as we integrate Patanjali’s teachings on three levels:
1. Familiarize ourselves with key concepts and vocabulary of the yoga sutras through creative contemplation
2. Apply essential principles of asana & pranayama practice to engage our physical and energy bodies
3. Group discussion and personal healing through interpersonal exercises.
The course’s rhythmic nature allows transcendental truths to become immanent in our relationships here on earth, as these are the true mirrors of our spiritual progress.
the yoga of relationships
“We may not be responsible for the world that created our minds, but we can take responsibility for the mind with which we create our world” - Dr. Gabor Mate
The course begins with a pre-workshop self-authoring exercise. The benefits of self-authoring have been cited in research for decades, such as decreased anxiety and increased clarity. Writing out your relational story - from primary caretaker, family of origin, to intimate partners - will reveal your attachment style and relationship patterns which often become the greatest challenges on your path towards enlightenment.
With an understanding of attachment patterns and a deeper self-awareness, you can transform your trigger point into turning points. You will be better equipped to override your pre-programmed reactions and consciously respond in relationships, thereby creating a more peaceful world for yourself and your loved ones.
where yoga meets art & science
develop a transformative practice - on and off the mat.
An oracle to guide your journey
All the answers are inside of you
Studying and applying yoga philosophy is no easy task - the concepts can be challenging to grasp and they must be integrated if we wish to apply them our daily life. To aid in this exploration, you’ll receive a unique 8 limbs study deck from the Mystic Yogi Oracle - developed by Zamir Dhanji & Paola Vega.
the mystic yogic oracle 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
The oracle set will help guide you from within as the study of yoga teachings becomes a journey uniquely your own. Following this urban immersion, the oracle will continue to guide and connect you with the insights and knowledge you experienced over the weekend.
a pre-release of this 8 limbs deck is only available for students in the course
Illuminate obstacles. Activate intuition. Find the path forward
Discover the 8 limbs
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.
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.
Patanjali indicates that following the niyama is essential for success in yoga, and he clearly states the outcome of embracing them as part of our practice.
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.
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.
Pratyahara means gaining mastery over external influences. This is achieved through disciplined engagement of our senses. Because we have allowed our senses to run wild for so long, the beginning of this process usually requires a withdrawal from them.
Thought experiments will be introduced that will allow you to practice and appreciate the importance of this limb of Raja Yoga.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, July 26th : 5 - 7 pm
Saturday, July 27th : 8:30am - 3:30pm
Sunday, July 28th : 9 am - 5pm
Venue: What Lab (1814 Pandora st.)
$225 Super Early Bird (Before July 10th)
$250 Early Registration (Until july 24th)
$295 full price
(Registration includes a printed 8 limbs ‘mystic yogi’ oracle set)
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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 guides
Sabrina Lakhani is a behavioral scientist, with a background in international market research and management consulting.
Sabrina has combined her passion for behavioral science and gift of research to formulate a novel approach to healing - one that is deeply rooted in the basic human need of attachment with the goal of our collective spiritual evolution.
Sabrina has been through the fire of marriage and divorce with her childhood best friend, an estranged relationship with her parents as a result of following a path of authenticity, and has been the family scapegoat while her brother is the golden-child.
Her yogic worldview, focus on self-knowledge, and service to others allows her to rise with more resilience every time.
Sabrina holds a MBA degree from INSEAD and a BS degree in Business Management from Babson College. She explores and interweaves research through a personal narrative on her blog at www.sabrinalakhani.com.
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 studied with the late Swami Gitananda of Ananda Ashram in India. 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. In its highest expression it known as Ati-yoga (primordial yoga) and 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 he 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.