Join James Boag during his weeklong intensive at The Ojai Foundation Land Sanctuary for talks, storytelling, movement practice, and devotional singing.
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The Yoga Sūtra is the distilled presentation of the teachings of yoga as the Practical School of Indian Philosophy. Patañjali’s Sūtra is a work of staggering genius, brilliantly succinct, robust and inclusive. At first approach though, the text can seem opaque. Join us at The Ojai Foundation for a rare opportunity to dive into the glorious depths of the Sanskṛit original and explore these teachings in practical ways.
James’ approach, and our holistic exploration during this program, aims to allow every participant to develop a live, personal, and lasting relationship with this amazingly practical wisdom text as well as a deepened understanding of the broad-spectrum, practical gifts that beat at the heart of the yoga tradition.
The Yoga Sūtra-s: the stitches that can help us weave greater harmony into the fabric of our lives.
About Our Study: Practical Yoga Philosophy Sessions
Monday, February 20 to Friday, February 24 from 6:30-9:00pm each evening
We will explore Chapter One of the Yoga Sūtra, working in depth from Patañjali’s original Sanskṛit so we may begin to appreciate its vast reach, its inspiring universality and practicality. We will study the text closely, with space and time for discussion, particularly emphasizing the text’s practical application in the grounded reality of our lives. Sessions will end with a short meditative practice which may include seated meditations, relaxing movement, or song and guided relaxations.
About Our Study: Movement Classes and Holistic Exploration
Tuesday, February 21- Thursday, February 23 from 3-5pm
Our topic and our inquiry are practical. Those who are able to attend both the afternoon (movement) and evening (philosophy) sessions will work closely with the text and explore Patañjali’s teachings of yoga in practical application with principle-based āsana and movement classes. This program will be suitable for all ages and levels of experience.
What we explore will be relevant and applicable to an ongoing practice with any yogāsana practice style or modality and/or with broader movement disciplines. We will focus in particular on embodying and working with practical yoga principles in this amazing vehicle of a human body, exploring how we can cultivate healthy neuromuscular patterns and efficient kinetic chains through the body. We will also focus on how we can use āsana, movement, and haṭha yoga techniques and principles to foster greater vitality, presence, and balance through the miraculous body-borne field of our awareness. This will include working with yoga postures ‘actively’, meaning against gravity, inspired particularly by the work of hatha yoga teacher Simon Borg Olivier. An exploration of yoga principles through a broader spectrum of movement invites greater vitality, presence, and rejuvenation, inspired particularly by movement teacher Ido Portal.
Originally from Yorkshire, England, James teaches yoga and applied yoga philosophy globally. James is known for his inspiring, inclusive and engaging teaching style and his holistic approach, which weaves together multiple mutually complementary elements. These include live storytelling, a principle-based, practical and inclusive style of asana/natural movement work, meditations and kirtan, all informed by years of practical exploration and dedicated study of Sanskrit and traditional yoga texts.
James has been teaching for over twenty years, teaching yoga āsana and leading kīrtan since 2003 and leading integrated programs on applied yoga philosophy around the world since 2009. When he was still teaching English at university in Thailand, James began studying Sanskrit. Since then he has spent many seasons in Mysore, South India, where he completed his Sanskrit MA in 2012 and where he regularly leads courses on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutra-s, working from the original Sanskrit texts, and Indian Mythology.
Whether you are brand new to yoga or have been practising for decades, James’ classes, workshops and retreats are a great way to deepen your understanding of the bigger picture of yoga and how yoga principles can enhance our work with different yoga techniques and support us in all aspects of our lives.