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PURIFIED POWER: Embodying the Yamas & Niyamas

Tantric Hatha Yoga is a systemic approach to cultivating, containing and wielding pranic power as a means for reaching the ultimate goal of yoga: lasting freedom and ultimate fulfillment. It’s a serious undertaking which requires serious preparation. Prior to practicing any Asana or Pranayama, Classical Yoga demands that we prepare by first becoming steeped in a code of ethics known as the Yamas & Niyamas, the first and second limbs of ashtanga (8-limbed) yoga.

Prior to the spread of yoga in the West, traditional Teachers were known to turn students away who could not demonstrate an authentic embodiment of the Yamas & Niyamas prior to embarking on the yogic path. Teaching such a student would have been considered irresponsible and dangerous for both the student and the world. On the contrary, here in the West we tend to dive right into Asana and Pranayama with little to no awareness of what’s meant to come before. 

Yoga teachers and dedicated practitioners might recognize the words Yama and Niyama; we may even have them memorized along with a cursory explanation of each. But how many of us can claim a profound conceptual grasp and embodied experience of them in our day to day life?  As means for physical, emotional, spiritual and mental purification, the Yamas and Niyamas prepare us to practice the remaining limbs of classical yoga (Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi) in a meaningful way.

What happens if we practice yoga postures, breath, and meditation without having first gone through the process of purification? We empower our shadows along with our light. We unintentionally supercharge our neuroses and become ever more stuck in our limiting ways. By embracing the ethics of yoga, we clear the path of obstructions and move steadily toward a more peaceful relationship with ourselves and the world. Without them, we are more likely to reinforce our harmful behavior and beliefs.

Table of Contents

Introduction - optional but helpful
Introductory Readings
video
Office Hours Information
video
Zoom Information
video
The Yamas
Ahimsa - Week 1
video
Satya - Week 2
video
Asteya - Week 3
video
Brahmacharya - Week 4
video
Aparigraha - Week 5
video
The Niyamas
Introduction to the Niyamas
video
Saucha - Week 6
video
Santosa - Week 7
video
Tapas - Week 8
video
Svadhyaya - Week 9
video
Ishvara Pranidhana - Week 10
video

Frequently Asked Questions

When do we begin?

PURIFIED POWER begins Monday, June 15th, and carries on for 10 consecutive weeks.

How often do we meet?

We meet live, via Zoom, every Monday morning from 7:30-8:30 Pacific Time.

Will the sessions be recorded?

Yes, all sessions will be recorded and uploaded to CourseCraft for you to access at your convenience.

What support materials are included?

You will receive one pre-recorded Asana and one pre-recorded Meditation practice each week, aimed at helping you embody the Yama or Niyama we are studying each week. You will also receive a digital journal to utilize in your practice of self-reflection.

Will the teachers and students stay connected throughout the week?

Yes, you will be invited and encouraged to stay connected via CourseCraft, utilizing the discussion forums.

Does this course count as Yoga Alliance Continued Education?

Yes, this course provides 30 hours of CEU - 10 contact hours and 20 non-contact hours.

I have a question you haven't covered, how can I contact you?

Please feel free to reach out via NatalieBackmanYoga@gmail.com

Are there any scholarships available for this course?

Yes, we have a few scholarships available. Please contact me to learn more via NatalieBackmanYoga@gmail.com