Sure practicing yoga poses can make us flexible, strong, calm, and healthy - all good things. What separates yoga from just exercise is the ability of this practice to expand our minds as we train our bodies.
Using mythology as our base, this workshop will explore how yoga asana practice translates universal, intangible ideas into physical expressions which resonate much deeper than the muscles, joints, and bones used to create them.
Our exploration will find modern relevance in stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata, The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras, and The Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Bring a notebook and your mat - This workshop focuses on discussion, yet we may just find ourselves expressing poses from these stories.
Ronald Hayes, MFA, is an author and educator. His 2014 book, Gems on a String, combines reflections on his yoga practice with interpretations of the world's oldest epic poem, Ramayana.