Yoga philosophy offers us a practical system for living our lives more fully, regardless of our backgrounds. Yoga philosophy is often misunderstood and this workshop will help us to break it down.
Our workshop will be broken down into three portions. We will begin with a short 30 minute vinyasa practice in order to become grounded in our bodies and breath. Following the physical practice, we will have a roundtable discussion centered around breaking down the basics of the ancient and vast philosophy that underpins the physical practice. We will primarily be using the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali—one of the main Yogic texts—but will follow the conversation wherever it takes us. We will end our workshop with a short breathwork practice, and meditation.
No prior experience necessary, though it is recommended to bring a copy of the Yoga Sutras, if available. Recommended translations include BKS Iyengar, Edwin Bryant, Swami Satchitananda.
This workshop is led by Wonder teacher Esteban da Cruz. Read more about Esteban here:
Lost and confused about my path in life; plunging into the rabbit-hole of destructive habits; brought to the mat by an incapacitating back injury, I experienced—and then immersed myself head-first—in the physical, mental and spiritual practices of yoga and Buddhism. Since that moment, I have gone through several teacher trainings and studied with some of the most senior teachers in the Boston area. Since becoming a stay-at-home father, I have taken all the teachings passed on to me by my teachers and applied them in an ever-deepening daily home practice. If I am not practicing meditation and yoga, studying, or writing, I am sharing precious time with my beautiful family.
My backgrounds are originally in the classical Iyengar and Ashtanga lineages, though my practice has synthesized those roots with everything I have learned through the study of biomechanics and anatomy, eastern philosophy and meditation, and personal experience practicing, into a mindful slow-moving vinyasa with attention to breath and a focus on creating external alignment in order to observe internal patterns.
My goal is to guide students towards a deeper connection with themselves, so that they may begin to notice their habits and steer in a direction in which they can begin to live intentionally, from the inside-out, instead of feeling helpless to find direction in the maelstrom of the world. Ultimately, I humbly assist students as they walk their own journey of self-discovery, so that they may move towards joy, thoughtfulness, health, and fulfillment.
For more information, visit www.estebandacruz.com
Event price: $40 for nonmembers; $32 for members