James Boag in Glasgow

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Whole Life Yoga weekend immersion and Sanskṛt recitation series

with James Boag

Yoga Moves Glasgow, Arlington Baths

March 15-19 2023

Book before 21 February for early bird prices.

BOOK Sanskṛt recitation (6 hours, 15-19 March 2023) £90  / £108

BOOK Whole Life Yoga weekend immersion (5 sessions, 17-19 March 2023) £200 / £243

BOOK both (book recitation and select ‘Whole Life weekend Immersion + recitation’ at payment) £250 / £301

Sanskṛt recitation series

Introductory two hour workshop on Wednesday. One hour practice sessions each day Thursday to Sunday
Wednesday 15th March 6:00-8:00pm –  Sanskṛt Sounds and Recitation workshop. Learn the Sanskṛt sounds, practice the principles of Sanskṛt pronunciation and recitation and apply them learning to recite the liṅgāṣṭakam hymn
Thursday 16th March 5:00-6:00pm
Friday 17th March 5:00-6:00pm
Saturday 18th March 9:00-10:00am
Sunday 19th March 9:00-10:00am

In these Sanskṛt recitation practice sessions, we will build on the work of the introductory session and practice recitation of metrical Sanskṛt verse, the form of the majority of Sanskṛt literature, as well as Sanskṛt mantra.

This six hour series is a rare opportunity to learn and practice Sanskṛt recitation in person with a teacher who can guide you into a personal, ongoing recitation practice. Sanskṛt means ‘well made, well done, well put together’. The grammar of Sanskṛt is incredibly versatile and robust, and can be studied for a whole lifetime. The pronunciation however can be grasped relatively quickly. Sanskṛt is phonetic, its sounds have clearly defined places of articulation, vowels are short or long and sounds light or heavy. Once we gain a familiarity with the principles of Sanskṛt recitation we can enhance our practice of Sanskṛt chanting and mantra immeasurably.
If you like singing or chanting in Sanskṛt, this is an invaluable opportunity to deepen your understanding and confidence and cultivate an ongoing practice.
If you are new to Sanskṛt chanting, you will be in the right place. James has studied and taught several languages over more than thirty years. He makes the rules of pronunciation and recitation clear and straightforward and works skilfully, patiently and generously to facilitate an effective learning environment for chanting and recitation. As his great masters did with him, he is ready to struggle with us as we learn to form new sounds and train our vocal apparatus to enunciate the clear, potent combinations of Sanskṛt and taste its rich beauty.

Whole Life Yoga weekend immersion
Movement – meditation – story – song – inquiry – exploration

Friday 6:00-8:30pm
Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm and 2:30-5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am-1:00pm and 2:00-4:30pm

James’ immersive workshops are different from what you will find anywhere else! James’ whole life yoga approach, rooted in decades of holistic practice and study, does an amazing job of inviting us into experiential understanding of how we can work with yoga principles in all aspects of life. The weekend will be invigorating, inspiring, stimulating, challenging and fun! James has a remarkable ability to communicate the practical teachings of the yoga tradition in memorable ways and facilitate a rich learning experience that stimulates multiple intelligences and works with different learning styles.

Yogāsana – a seat to move through life from

Āsana – like you’ve never known it

Yogāsana and the seat of awareness, the seat of meditation and meditative inquiry, the throne of enlightenment, the seat of repose and renewal, āsana as an adventure playground.
With illustration from the Devī Māhātmyam and with reference to the vast teachings distilled and encoded in the Yoga Sūtra, this weekend will empower all who come with new understandings about what yogāsana is, what it means, how we can cultivate it all life long, and how we can work with yoga principles in all types of physical practice and exploration and all aspects of life.
Programs with James are always unique and original. Drawing on his decades of teaching and inquiry, he prepares to be spontaneous and co-create with the group. Workshops on the same theme in different locations may be significantly different.

That said, this weekend’s exploration and inquiry will likely include:
-Storytelling and interpretation of the Devī Māhātmyam, the Greatness of the Goddess – also known as the Śrī Durgā Saptaśatī, the 700 verses on Durgā, sometimes referred to as the Tantrik Bhagavad Gītā and core text of Śākta traditions and Goddess worship.
-Unpacking, decoding and practical explication of the rich teachings encoded in Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra-s on āsana
-Yoga, sovereignty, personal responsibility, dharma and the purpose of life
-Practising all life long, ageing, stages and seasons of life, principles to work with the seasons and deepen rhythm and attunement
-Practical resources to expand your yogic movement toolkit
-Kīrtan to reach and harmonise the parts that other practices are not always able to

Workshop fees

You can book the Recitation series, the Whole Life Yoga immersion, or both.
Early bird offer, until 21 February 2023
Regular price, after 21 February 2023

Whole Life weekend Immersion + recitation: £250 / £301 (book recitation and select ‘Whole Life weekend Immersion + recitation’ at payment)