Lote3 session proposal
This proposal was inspired by following the EdgeRyders post and comment thread: The Burning Edge. The post speaks of the edge as it is experienced externally - when I meet the world around me. There is another edge - an internal experience. What can we learn from experiencing our inner edge about our meeting with our outer edge? Can changes we make in how meet the edge inside effect how meet the edge outside? Could it be that some changes are actually better made inside than outside?
Yoga, though perceived as a physical activity is a science of mind. Physical postures are one branch of a more extensive Yoga tool-set. Their objective is more about change in the mind then change in the body. Physical practices offer an intimate reflection into the workings of the mind. To make changes on a physical level there has to be a change of mind: there needs to be attention to how we act, intention to act differently, teachings to guide us in a different direction and practice to transform teachings into experience that can be assimilated.
We will meet every morning for a 90 minute session. During these sessions we will introduce basic concepts of Yoga practice: movement, breath, attention and intention. In the spirit of the event, the focus of our work will be experiencing our own personal edge - where and what it is, how we perceive, how we approach it, how we relate to it. Each session will end with an opportunity to exchange reflections and question on participants personal experiences of their own edge.
Each session will build upon the teachings of the previous session. This will make it possible to experience more breadth and depth. By the end of the event participants will have acquired a basic skill set that will enable them to leave with a practical practice they can continue to work with on their own.
- If you can breath you can participate.
- If you decide to participate please come from the very first session. Be willing to commit to joining every morning. It will be difficult and ineffective to join midway.
- No prior knowledge of Yoga is required (if you have any, you would probably benefit greatly from coming with a fresh open mind).
- No physical abilities are required (even though we will be practicing as a group you will be moving safely within your physical abilities).
What to Bring
- Clothes that are comfortable for you to to move in.
- An external layer of clothing you can shed or put on to make yourself comfortable in the climate of the practice space.
- A yoga mat if you have it ... not mandatory.
- The number of participants is limited only by the space.
- The space should be closed and preferably quiet (insulated from traffic of all kinds - human and machine).
- Since not everyone will have a yoga met - it would be preferable to have either a wooden floor or carpets to lay on whatever floor is there.
- Each participant needs space to be to lie down comfortably on the floor.
- It is valuable to have at least a 30 minute gap between the end of this activity and following activities - so that people can make a peaceful transition from the practice into the day.
- It is better to practice before breakfast.