Online 2-Week Morning Challenge: “A Daily Exploration of the Yamas and Niyamas” with David
May 18-29, 2020
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Outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the yamas and niyamas are 10 practical guidelines and principles to help us find our way in life. They serve both as the foundation of our yoga practice and as a means of rooting and anchoring our practice in our everyday routine. They also guide us in how we relate to other people and also how we can best take care of ourselves.
Each one can be seen as a practice in itself, an invitation to become more aligned with who we really are and discover our place in the world.
The two-week morning challenge will take a practical approach to exploring the yamas and niyamas, based both on personal exploration and a physical asana practice inspired by what we have learned and shared.
We will work through all 10 yamas and niyamas step by step, looking at a different one each day. Each session will start with 15 to 30 minutes of theory and discussion looking at the theme of the day, followed by approximately an hour of physical asana and meditation practice.
Week 1 Yamas
Monday: Ahimsa = Loving kindness
Tuesday: Satya = Truthfulness
Wednesday: Asteya = Non-Stealing
Thursday: Brahmacharya = Wise use of energy
Friday: Aparigraha = Non-Possessiveness
Week 2 Niyamas
Monday: Saucha = Purity
Tuesday: Santosha = Contentment
Wednesday: Tapas = Discipline
Thursday: Svadyaya = Self-Study
Friday: Ishvara Pranidhana = Higher Purpose
Meeting each morning with the same group of people during two weeks creates a powerful sense of support and community and can even turn out to be a deeply transformative process. And in times like these, this feels more valuable than ever.
You are very welcome and invited to continue the sharing and exchanging of experiences outside the timeframe of the sessions too, either by chat or email.
David Ikonomou started taking regular hatha yoga (Sampoorna yoga) classes with Jutta Qu’ja Hartmann in Germany in 2000 after travelling through India. After ten years of experience of practising yoga, he became a certified yoga teacher at the Sivananda Kutir in Netala, Himalayas of India in 2010. Since then he has been continuously evolving by practising and training in different styles (anusara, ashtanga vinyasa). In his teaching, he likes to emphasize the cultivation of awareness, breathing and alignment – adjusting to the needs of every individual student. Over the past years, vocal meditation and mantra singing circles as a powerful form of bhakti yoga have become a more and more important part of his work.