Yoga is more than just postures…it’s a whole approach to life.
Are you ready to start your authentic yoga journey?
To deepen your practice, understand the principles
To understand the principles, contemplate the teachings
To contemplate the teachings, examine your life.
where yoga meets art & science
develop a transformative practice - on and off the mat.
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. To aid in this exploration, you’ll receive a unique 8 limbs study deck from the Mystic Yogi Oracle (developed by Zamir in artistic collaboration with Paola Vega and Xeu Jean). This deck is designed to be your companion on the journey, making yoga philosophy inspiring and easy to learn.
a pre-release of this 8 limbs deck is only available for students in the course
A session of yogic postures, breathing & meditation is followed with scientific discussion and personal reflection to deepen your understanding of the practice - integrating what we’ve learned, applying the principles and harvesting insights.
By the end you’ll become confident in the importance of your practice and the transformative benefits it brings to your life.
Journey as a collective to heal, grow and find your flow.
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. 16 cards from the Mystic Yogi Oracle cover the entire 8 limbs, making yoga philosophy easy to learn with:
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.
Illuminate obstacles. Activate intuition. Find the path forward
Saturday, July 6th : 10am - 6pm
Sunday, July 7th : 9am - 5pm
Venue: What Lab (1814 Pandora st.)
$225 Super Early Bird (Before June 15th)
$250 Early Registration (Before july 1st)
$295 full price
(Registration includes an 8 limbs ‘mystic yogi’ oracle set)
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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.
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 has been an avid student of yoga, mysticism, mythology and modern science for over a decade. Over the last eight years he’s studied meditation and buddhist logic under the guidance of Wisdom Master Maticintin, completed his Chakra Yoga Training with David Goulet, and spent many years traveling to sacred sites for guidance and deepened practice.
He is currently a lead instructor for the Langara College Yoga Teacher Training Program and teaches regular classes and workshops in Vancouver.