WORKSHOP: THE MODERN YOGI SHOULD BE AN ACTIVIST
The concept that yoga has nothing to do with politics and morality is unproductive, dangerous and ignorant!
The Sanskrit verb root of Kriya is Kri, 'to do', 'to act'. The same meaning is found in the word karma (to cause and effect). Karma does not merely refer to past actions, but also to actions made now, and actions that might be done in the future.
Activism is kriya. The modern yogi should be an activist.
Yes! In Yogasana practice we have:
Meeting, Rooting, Twisting, Bending, Balancing, Stretching, Exploring, Inverting, Stilling and Finishing BUT our actions should be more than the practical aspects of astanga yoga; Postures (asana), breath (pranayama), mantra and meditation (dhyana) are but some of the tools that we use to practice Kriya Yoga. Kriya Yoga can be applied in all yogic disciplines such as vinyasa, or restorative hatha yoga.
However, in our daily lives we should all be activists and practice Kriya Yoga, non violent civil disobedience/action in a climate emergency that demands that yoga practitioners are inspiring others to take action and leading by example to help all avoid the sixth great extinction!
WORKSHOP: SHAUCHA - MORE THAN JUST A PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL WORKSHOP
It is commonly held that Shaucha literally means purity, cleanliness and clearness. Traditionally thanks to the teachings of Patanjali, The Mahabharata and many generations of yogacharyas, it generally refers to purity of mind, speech and body.
However, as we approach an environmental and ecological extinction it may be worth considering how our actions can contribute to the purity and cleanliness of our world.
This workshop offers much more than just a physical, mental and spiritual workout!
It will open up a discussion and broaden an awareness as to how we can avoid further climate change and alter humanity and our abode as we slide deeper into the anthropecene!
Stewart Gilchrist is known throughout London for his popular, innovative, authentic dynamic classes. He infuses his high energy and challenging teachings with yogic knowledge, as well as his unique charisma, politics and humour. His classes include an emphasis on breath, vinyasa and philosophy with strong physical adjustments. Stewart applies the original teachings of yoga to the modern world to create a thought-provoking class.
Having trained in astanga and as a Jivamukti teacher Stewart’s spiritual journey led him to train all over the world with teachers who have had a profound effect on his unique style of teaching.
He offers his eternal gratitude to all his teachers: Sabel Thaim, Jennifer Dale, Hamish, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Swami Niramalanda and Sri K Patthabi Jois.