Pratyahara : The Gateway to Meditation
Saturday 18th September 2021, 10.00 – 4.00pm
Grenoside Community Hall, Sheffield, S35
If we want to experience concentration and ultimately meditation, then pratyahara is essential, but what is it and how do we get there?
Pratyahara is traditionally defined as the withdrawal, or disassociation of the mind from the senses; the analogy often given is of a turtle drawing in its limbs and head. This drawing inwards is a necessity if we wish to move into dharana, concentration. Pratyahara is the gateway between outer and inner worlds.
Generally we are easily distracted when doing our practice – if there’s a noise from outside can we resist opening an eye to see what it is? Sensory impressions can send the mind on wild internal journeys. This is because the mind has not disassociated from the senses, rather it is still engaging and reacting.
If we wish to progress into deeper states of meditation this connection with the senses needs to be managed. Unfortunately there are no short cuts, but there are clear steps in this process!
In this workshop we will systematically explore various techniques to experience how attitude and the nature and movement of awareness can guide us deeper. Asana and pranayama will be the starting point,
There will be an in-depth exploration of the practice of Yoga Nidra, a practice that in itself is leads to pratyahara.
In our meditation practices we will focus on working with the body sensations in Kaya Sthairyam (body stillness) and with sensory & mental impressions in Antar Mouna (inner silence); this will lead us into the pratyahara state, opening the way to what to do when we arrive there.
The Tutor : Brahmananda
Brahmananda is a one of our regular teachers and we are very pleased to welcome him back to Sheffield. His approach is clear and down to earth; his skill is in bringing light to the more profound and transformative aspects of Yoga.
Brahmananda will be leading a Meditation Teacher Training Module for us in Autumn 2020. This workshop will also serve as a useful introduction to that course.
from Yoga Days Info, posted November 2020