Past Yoga Study Themes

2018 Theme – Choice versus Mastery

BREAKING THE GRIP OF IGNORANCE

स्वयसवाही णवदुषोऽणऩ तथारूढोऽणबणनवशे: ॥ ९॥

II.9 Insecurity is the inborn feeling of anxiety for what is to come. It affects both the ignorant and the wise.

– T.K.V. Desikachar, Patanjali’s Yogasutras, An Introduction

 

This programme runs over 4 residential weekends during the year, costing €245 per weekend per person sharing, single room available for €295, plus one cleansing weekend and one week of yoga (see below for prices). These weekends can be participated in on a one by one basis. Starting Friday evening at 7pm and finishing after lunch on Sunday 3pm. Teaching, accommodation and food all included.

2018 Dates & Themes

“Good times come and go. And the bad times do the same. Still, we spend much of our time and energy trying to get the good times back. We fail to notice that the good time arrives of its own. Likewise the bad times appear even though we spend much time and energy trying to keep it at bay.

We don’t want bad times, of course. But bad times are out of our control as much as good times. The times we don’t want will come (and go) no matter what we do to control the situation. The good times will do the same. Thus, beyond just simply living fully in each moment, we should realize that such control is impossible, a pipe dream.

This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t set things up for the future. It does mean that we would do well not to become attached to particular outcomes. We’d do better focussing our effort on being present rather than on isisting on what the future must be.

Breaking the grip of ignorance and craving comes with just seeing, not with doing something particular about it. Once you see, your course of action will naturally follow.”

Steve Hagen, “Buddhism Plain and Simple”, Penguin Books 1997

  • 12 -14 January 2018
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  • 9 – 11 March 2018
    • To act or not to act is never the question. You can’t help but act.
  • 18 – 20 May
    • The Germans have an expression, “Whoever has choice,has torment.” Can freedom be defined as the maximization of choice?
  • July 7 – 14 2018 – Yoga Week
  • 21 -23 September
    • What is the difference between wanting and craving, picking and choosing?
  • 16 – 18 November 2018
    • Who am I? What am I doing here? Can I control my destiny?

 

2017 Theme – Further Testing Yoga

“तपः स्वाध्यायेश्वरप्रणिधानानि क्रियायोग”

“tapaḥ svādhyāy-eśvarapraṇidhānāni kriyā-yoga”

“The practice of Yoga must reduce both physical and mental impurities. It must develop our capacity for self-examination and help us to understand that, in the final analysis, we are not the masters of everything we do.”

– T.K.V. Desikachar, Patanjali’s Yogasutras, An Introduction

This programme runs over 8 residential weekends during the year, costing €245 per weekend per person sharing, single room available for €295. These weekends can be participated in on a one by one basis. Starting Friday evening at 7pm and finishing after lunch on Sunday 3pm. Teaching, accommodation and food all included.

 

2017 Dates & Themes

“Your duty is to be and not to be this or that. ‘I am that I am’ sums up the whole truth.”

― Ramana Maharshi

  • 17/18/19 February 2017
  • 24/25/26 March 2017
    • What do we mean by transformation?
  • 21/22/23 April 2017
    • “There is no time like the present … There is no present like time ….”
  • 19/20/21 May 2017 (fully booked)
    • True freedom and independence are not reflected by a stubborn attempt to go it alone, but rather by the joy of sharing personal experiences.
  • 22/23/24 September 2017
    • ‘Words are never “only words”. They matter because they define the contours of what we do.’ – Slavoj Žižek
  • 1/2/3 December 2017
    • “Intelligence is dynamic; how to use it creatively.”

2016 Theme – Further Testing Yoga

“The universe exists in order that the experiencer may experience it,
and thus become liberated.”

– Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali

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2016 Dates & Themes

“Your duty is to be and not to be this or that. ‘I am that I am’ sums up the whole truth.”

― Ramana Maharshi

  • 29/30/31 January 
    • There is no balance, there are only balancing acts?
      • The gunas are a great map for navigating your way through life. When you can recognize which of these energies is at play in your life, it makes it so much easier to bring about a state of balance.
    • My Stroke Of Insight (Ted Talk)
  • 22/23/24 April
  • 27/28/29 May
    • “The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.” – Paramahansa Yogananda
    • Death As An Invitation To Freedom – Anam Cara Quotes by John O’Donohue
  • 15/16/17 July
    • “What could be more insane than to oppose life itself … Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.” – Eckhart Tolle
    • “The decision to lead a sacred life is our own to make, everything else we get from the universe” – The Sacred Matrix – Dieter Duhm
  • 19/20/21 August
    • “Never apologise for what you do well” – Anon
    • “Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
      What’s a sundial in the shade?”  – Benjamin Franklin
  • 16/17/18 September
    • “Would you rather be right or would you rather be happy?”
  • 21/22/23 October
    • “The problem for us is not are our desires satisfied or not. The problem is how do we know what we desire.” – Slavoj Žižek
  • 2/3/4 December
    • “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” –  Mark Twain

2015 Dates and Themes – “The pain which is yet to come may yet be avoided.”

“There are three kinds of karma: the karma which has already been created and stored up, so that it will bear fruit in some future life, the karma created in the past or in some previous life, which is bearing fruit at the present moment, and the karma which we are now in the process of creating by our thoughts and acts. Of these, the already existing karmas are beyond our control; we can only wait until they have worked themselves out, and accept their fruits with courage and patience. But the karmas which we are now creating—”the pain which is yet to come”—can be avoided. Not by ceasing to act—that would be impossible, even if it were desirable—but by ceasing to desire the fruits of action for oneself. If we dedicate the fruits of action to God, we shall gradually unwind the wheel of karma and thus avoid its pain.”

– The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali (transl. Swami Prabhavananda)