5-Week Vinyasa yoga & the Elements Workshop with Moena
Welcome to the 5-week Vinyasa Yoga & the Elements workshop with Moena de Jong!
Yoga practice is a very grounding way of providing accommodation for the functions of our mind and ego.
Throughout the practice we are able to pay attention to the impulses and feedback we get from the outside world.
As the inner view gets more clear we can balance all the input that comes in through the senses (smell, taste, sight, touch, hearing) which relate with the 5 elements : earth, water, fire, air & ether. Bringing the outer & inner world together in balance, helps us to understand our desires, habits and aversions. It brings us in the present moment at which point we are in harmony.
The 5 elements are interdependent transformations of consciousness, matter & energy. They occur in the outside worlds but also inside of us. Each perception or sensation we experience is made out of a pattern of the 5 elements. Due to life’s circumstances and the constant changes the effect is felt even in the most subtle form as the elements get out of balance. By understanding the qualities and relationships of the elements and recognise the effect of all of life’s impulses in our inner world can bring harmony in body & mind.
About the 5-week workhop
Every workshop will be based on Vinyasa Yoga related with a specific element, through intelligent sequencing, we'll build up towards a peak pose with modifications. Philosophy on the elements will be interwoven to understand yourself and your spiritual process better. Pranayama and Mantra are always included to clarify and illuminate our energy body.
Aren't you able to attend the whole 5-week workshop? No problem! This workshop is a five-day module which you can also follow seperately. Click on the headings beneath to visit the workshop dates seperately.
WORKSHOP 1: EARTH | FORWARD BENDS - THE PLAY WITH GRAVITY
Friday January 29
Earth (Prthivi) is a result of having packed everything together in a solid mass that obstructs movement. This element relates with smell; our primal instinct to find out if we’re save.
As the power of solidness may seem desirable , here we seek for lightness and clarity in a grouping form.
In Asana practice forward bending learn us to be stable, solid and grounded with a transparant inner view.
WORKSHOP 2 : WATER | HIP OPENERS - THE PLAY WITH FLUIDITY
Friday February 26
Water (Jala) is representative for a downward, contracting flow and corresponds to the sense taste. It describes the external movement of water in the outside world as well as of downward, waterline movement inside. Water has a rinsing, purifying quality.
In Asana practice hip openers stimulate the natural quality of water; which is fluidity of body & mind.
WORKSHOP 3 : FIRE | TWISTS - THE PLAY WITH DEVOTION
Friday March 26
Fire (Tejas) is a hot, upward, expanding and opening movement and relates with the sense sight.
To look honestly at ourselves is a quality needed for discernment: what is truly nourishing in our life for spiritual growth.
In Asana practice twists help us to remove all non essentials which don’t serve us to feel whole.
WORKSHOP 4 : AIR | HEART OPENERS - THE PLAY WITH VULNERABILITY
Friday April 30
Air (Vayu) is motion through both inner- and outer space and establishes the form of movement from one point to another. The sense touch relates directly with Prana which is the breathing ground for the process of a thought. Are we able to look at them or do we get caught up in the web of the mind?
In Asana practice heart openers help us to dive in directly to our most vulnerable place to tap our strength from we need to feel in stead of think and face the constant motion of life itself.
WORKSHOP 5 : ETHER | BALANCING POSES - THE PLAY WITH VOID
Friday May 28
Ether (Akasha): the quality of radiant space, corresponding with hearing makes us able to really listen without being judgemental, which is a spiritual quality. To not identify the sounds we perceive. The most subtle of all elements.
In Asana practice balancing poses help us to go within and listen to the subtle inner sounds.
This workshop will be in English.
Dates: Friday January 29, February 26, March 26, April 30, May 28, 2021 (Every last friday of the month)
Time: 18.30 - 20.30
Price: €110,- *A €15 reduction is already included in this price for following the complete 5-week module.
Location: De Nieuwe Yogaschool, Amsterdam