8-day syllabus: The Inner Path
HOA is pleased to welcome Zamir Dhanji on January 12th - 19th, 2020 for a special 8-day syllabus on "The Inner Path" this New Year. A journey that will enrich your personal development and yoga practice with an approach that complements ancient spiritual tradition with modern science. Using behavioural psychology, biology and neuroscience, this transformational course will enable you to understand habitual patterns with deeper self-awareness, and equip you to override your pre-programmed reactions with more a mindful approach in overcoming your personal challenges.
If you are interested in a particular limb of Yoga, you are welcome to join and gain insight into the teachings and practices associated with it, best to come for all as it is a journey and you wouldn't want to miss out the vast ancient knowledge.
It is highly recommended to attend the introductory session on DAY 1 for an overview of the whole system, which is the basis of Yoga Philosophy and practice. This way you'll have a solid context for any other session you choose to attend.
During the 8-day syllabus, all sessions are highly experiential which also include homework to explore on your own time. All that's required is a willingness to experiment within the laboratory of your body and mind. "The Inner Path" we integrate the eight limbs of Yoga on three levels:
1. Familiarise ourselves with key concepts and vocabulary of the Yoga sutras through creative contemplation
2. Apply essential principles of practice to engage our physical, mental, emotional & energy bodies
3. Group discussion and personal healing through innovative exercises
The syllabus rhythmic nature allows spiritual truths to become evident through our lived experience - these are the true mirrors of our spiritual progress.
Day 1, January 12th, 15:00 - 17:30
The World of Yoga
We will take a 10,000 foot view of the origin of yogic science and how it evolved into practices that were designed to make it a living experience for people. This powerful introduction will not only change the way you see yoga and understand the different approaches of practice. Fundamental teachings of yoga philosophy will be introduced to provide an a foundation for the student to understand the “how and why” of yoga.
Day 2, January 13th, 19:00 - 21:00
Yogic Ethics and Living the Dharma
How we live in the world is a barometer of our practice: it’s the place where we take our yoga off the mat. Our choices and relationships also influences the experience of our meditation and spiritual growth. We will explore yogas recommendations for living in such a way that our practice and our relations with others are harmonious and clear.
Day 3, January 14th, 19:00 - 21:00
The Anatomy of Practice
Just as yoga asanas are expanded by our understanding of how different parts of the body work together. When you understand the anatomy of yoga as an inner practice and how it connects, a huge ‘aha’ moment opens the door to a whole new dimension of yoga. We will explore this anatomy of practice together.
Day 4, January 15th, 19:00 - 21:00
Gravity & Grace
On the mat is where we get to explore the connection between body, breath and mind through movement. Through asana we move the body and remove blocks to the flow of energy. You will be introduced to Donna Farhi’s seven moving principles of practice to revolutionise the way you move on the mat.
Day 5, January 16th, 19:00 - 21:00
The Art of Breath
Stabilising and refining Prana is absolutely essential to all practices of yoga. We’ll gain insight into the Art of Breath to explore the subtleties of practice, refine our energy and create a bridge between body and mind. Explore the different facets of diaphragmatic breathing with simple exercises that reveal your breath patterns and re-train how to breathe with greater naturalness.
Day 6, January 17th, 19:00 - 21:00
Mind, Senses and the Material World
The ability to reclaim and control the wandering attention of our senses is an indispensable part of yogic training. Learning to hold our minds steady without succumbing to doubts helps keep us centred in spite of challenges. We will learn a yogic process to assume the reigns of our senses, discover the 5 conditions of mind, and learn how to develop concentration.
Day 7, January 18th, 15:00 - 17:00
Entering the Stillness
In a world is filled with programs, techniques, and promises of meditation, the term has become confused by many with relaxation, stress management and visualisation. We will explore the foundations of yogic meditation and empower you with the knowledge and practices to bring this transformative limb of yoga into your life. You don’t want to miss this.
Day 8, January 19th, 15:00 - 17:00
Sadhana Session - Pack it and go!
We’re going to review and integrate some of knowledge and practices learned over the week and experience a holistic Sadhana (practice). With the support of the Inner Path Practice deck as our guide, the content from the series will remain with you as a reference throughout your yoga journey.
* "The Inner Path" cost: 2 sessions from package, drop in $56 per day or $448 for 8 days.
** Those holding a package, cancellation for "The Inner Path" should be done 3 days prior or you will be charged for late cancellation.
*** Participants who sign up and complete all 8-days will receive a complimentary first edition of "The Inner Path" Yoga Philosophy Deck.
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
"My goal as a yoga teacher is to inspire others to embrace the depth of what yoga has to offer - integrating our potential in body, mind, emotions and spirit." - Zamir Dhanji
Zamir Dhanji is the primary instructor in Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Yoga Philosophy for the Langara College in Vancouver, Canada - Yoga Teacher Training Programs. His Hatha Yoga training was under David Goulet, who created the Chakra Yoga System based on his studies with Swami Gitananda during the 1970’s. This approach provides a holistic and paradigm-shifting understanding of the body-mind system rooted in modern science that complements the knowledge of ancient yogis.
His main spiritual teacher is Wisdom Master Maticintin, founder of HUMUH: Clear Mind Buddhism. She is a lineage holder of "Mind Treasure Teachings", meaning they come forth as a direct means of cultivating the mind of enlightenment. Also known as Ati-yoga, it primarily focuses on meditation and Buddhist logic. He has studied with her for the last eight years.
Dance, music, storytelling and poetry are also creative ways that Zamir communes with the Divine spark in himself and others, gifts that he weaves into his work to inspire students on the path of self-discovery.
Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA