Years ago, before our language even fully developed, we sat around the fire while the village or tribe leader told or gestured stories. These stories were meant to carry a lesson, a warning, or simply to convey that they are one.
The Stories of Yoga workshop uses this same idea to teach the deeper meanings and philosophies of yoga in fun bite-size stories, allowing each student to take something different from the workshop.
The workshop was a lot of fun and very enlightening.
Artists create work with the intention of evoking an emotion in the viewer. It isn’t always the same emotion that the artist feels when creating the work, and that is the ultimate point of art. Stories – particularly folklore – are a less didactic way to teach someone a lesson.
The Stories of Yoga aims to let the story itself be the backdrop to expand the physical practice into the rest of the yoga path.
In this workshop, we learn:
- That Virabadra doesn’t mean “Warrior”
- That split pose – Hanumanasana isn’t the only homage to the monkey God
- That Ganesh really loves his cakies – and who Ganesh even is.
- And more about other postures + flows
We also see how cultures beyond the Hindu Gods have added bits and pieces to the ever-evolving metaphors that our physical practices creates.
Students will learn to relate familiar postures with their current place in life, developing a profound sense of meaning or connection with their practice.
Teachers will learn a great way to help new students feel comfortable in new and unfamiliar postures while easing them into the idea that there is more behind yoga than the physical effort.
The workshop was just what I needed to get back into yoga after a long hiatus. Stu told stories and shared little gems of wisdom as he walked us through the … asanas. This fun approach to yoga kept me engaged and entertained as the two hours flew by.
Rita G.Yoga Student