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Skills for life

Here, we'll grasp a clear understanding of the 8 skills (limbs) of yoga and their relevance to the practice. 

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While the eight limbs of yoga find their origin in the Yoga Sutras, it's noteworthy that the Bhagavad Gita presents comparable principles in its sixth chapter. Below are some relevant quotes. I encourage you to explore chapter 6 of the Bhagavad Gita. Once you've completed the whole section of SKILLS, re-read taking time to contemplate the teachings and their practical implications for yoga practice.

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Practice

Remember that true understanding comes through experience. After understaning the obstacles; Avidya (Ignorance): Practice self-awareness and mindfulness to identify areas where you lack understanding or knowledge. Seek to educate yourself and cultivate a deeper awareness of yourself and the world around you. Asmita (Ego): Practice humility and self-reflection. When you notice your ego asserting itself, take a step back and remind yourself that your identity is not solely defined by external achievements or opinions. Raga (Attachment): Practice detachment and non-attachment. Identify areas in your life where you might be overly attached to outcomes, people, or possessions. Cultivate the ability to let go and find contentment within. Dvesha (Aversion): Practice acceptance and open-mindedness. When you feel aversion towards something, try to understand the underlying reasons and see if there's a way to approach it with a more neutral perspective. Abhinivesha (Fear of Death or Clinging to Life): Practice living in the present moment. Fear often stems from worrying about the future or dwelling on the past. Embrace each moment fully and work on accepting the impermanent nature of life.

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Once you've completed the above, test your comprehension of the theoretical concepts below. This testing phase will help solidify your understanding and application of the knowledge you've acquired.

Yoga Sutras

The source speaks

tapaḥ-svādhyāyeśvara-praṇidhānāni kriyā-yogaḥ | samādhi-bhāvanārthaḥ kleśa-tanū-karaṇārthaś ca

Yogic action has three components -- discipline, self-study, and orientation to the ideal of pure awareness. | They help us minimise obstacles and attain samādhi. (See obstacles below)

Translated - Chip Hartfranft | Swami Satchidananda

Krishna, Bhagavad Gita

"Free from ever-hoping desires and from cravings for possessions, with the heart (waves of feeling) controlled by the soul (by yoga concentration), retiring alone to a quiet place, the yogi should constantly try to unite with the soul." 6.10

Self Test

  • What shall I bring to class?
    Just yourself and anything that supports your practice. We have mats and props available for use. You are always welcome to bring your own. We do not sell bottled water, but your'e welcome to fill up your own at the studio.
  • What shall I wear?
    Wear simple breathable clothing that does not limit your range of motion. For Strength, Sculpt & Stretch classes; an outfit you'd wear on a jog would work well. For Soothe classes, where there is less/no dynamic movement, wear a few more layers. Barefoot is best, socks for Soothe classes. Shoes will be left at the door.
  • How many people will be in class? Will I get personal attention?
    Our studio holds up to 15 students. Our teachers typically offer hands-on assistance during class. We always ask permission prior. Please don't hesitate to ask, if you have any questions or concerns regarding hands-on.
  • What type of class should I attend?
    There is a class for everyone at Stretchy's. Please see our class styles, above, for descriptions. If you are new to yoga asana, we recommend starting with a Stretch or Soothe class, or a morning session.
  • I have an injury, can I still practice?
    That depends. What did your Dr/physical therapist/provider say? Many students find yoga to be a helpful resource when working through an injury but it depends on the specifics and severity. Please consult with your Dr/therapist and inform your teacher what is going on so that we can work through any necessary modifications for class. We are here to help, but are not qualified to diagnose. Your physician or intuition are the first lines of defence when working with an injury.
  • Can I book a private or small group session?
    Of course! Working one-on-one is a great way to delve into the unique needs of your practice with a teacher. Please reach out to schedule in. Rates vary depending on instructor, group size and frequency. For more details on rates see Private Sessions on our Staff Page.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    We have a 24 hour cancellation policy on all classes so please be aware of this when booking that your'e not sure your'e going to make. You can cancel or rearrange an up coming class via your Stretchy account page.
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