The Yamas and Niyamas: The Wisdom Jewels of Meditation in Action

10 October to 5 December 2018 
Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Allerton Park, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire
£105 including course materials and audio recordings of the course. 

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All meditation traditions have their ethical guidelines, or core values that create the basis for a life lived wisely, happily and compassionately, for example truthfulness, non-harming and kindness.  In Tantra and more widely in the various yoga paths, these values are called the ‘yamas and niyamas’, meaning ‘restraints and observances’.

In this 9 week long evening class we will explore the yamas (non-harm, truthfulness, non-excess, non-possessiveness and non-stealing) and the niyamas (contentment, purity, calmness, compassion, self-discipline, self-enquiry, and surrender to one’s higher nature) through the lens of mindfulness, inner enquiry, meditation and yoga philosophy.  We will explore ways we can connect and align with these principles for greater clarity, vitality, peace, wisdom and compassion.

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During the class we will look in-depth at each of the yamas and niyamas, and discuss how we can relate to them as contemporary practitioners.  We will approach the topic very practically through meditation and inner enquiry and through group discussion. There will be teachings from yoga philosophy to guide us and readings from core texts, such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita and Tantric texts such as the Sharada Tilaka.

The class is being led by Zeenat Cameron, Director of Insight for Wellbeing, and long time practitioner in the Tantra yoga Shri Vidya tradition. She has been authorised to teach in this ancient stream of non-dual Tantra by her teacher and lineage holder, the yogini adept Parvathi Nath Saraswati.