The Yogasanas workshop that we offer at Taylor Yoga will typically take place over the course of two days, with four sessions of about four hours each. There is no pre-requisite for this workshop. No prior experience of Yoga is necessary.
The word “asana” literally means “posture”. Out of the innumerable postures that the body can get into, 84 of these postures have been identified as “Yogasanas”. The word “Yoga” literally means “union”, and simply refers to a set of tools which can carry you into a higher dimension of experience, or clearer perception of life. So, a posture that can take you to a higher possibility is referred to as a “Yogasana”
Over hundreds of years, different teachers and Masters have created variations and modifications for these 84 postures, and well over 600 postures are being practiced in the yoga community to this day. Among all of these, 12 asanas have been identified as having the most practical and relevant role to play in both the health and ultimate well-being of the average person.
You may have noticed that for different mental and emotional situations that you go through, your body naturally tends to take a certain posture. If you are happy, you may sit one way. If you are unhappy, you may sit another way. When you are peaceful, you may sit one way. When you are angry, you may sit another way. Sometimes, especially with people in your life who you spend a significant amount of time around, you may be able to tell exactly what sort of state they are in just by observing the way they hold their body. Conversely, the essence of the science of asanas is that, by consciously getting your body into a certain posture, you can also elevate your consciousness. You can change the very way you think, feel, understand, and experience life by sitting in a particular way.
Yogasanas are not just physical exercises. They are also very subtle processes of manipulating and activating your energy in a particular direction. They need to be performed with a certain level of awareness. The reason this is emphasized is that, in the fitness world, the most common attitude towards physical excercise is, “The harder and faster I do it, the better it is.” This attitude needs to be completely dropped when learning Hatha Yoga. It is very important that you approach each posture with total awareness, getting into them very gently and consciously. It’s not just about preventing injury, it’s also that the postures are not just physical; they are very subtle processes which can alter and clarify your entire perception of life.