Using ‘ATHA’ or ‘now’ (from The Yoga Sutra) to help well-being By Heather Robinson

Using ‘ATHA’ or ‘now’ (from The Yoga Sutra) to help well-being

Atha is the starting point for yoga in Patanjali’s authoritative and iconic text The Yoga Sutra. In this session reflect on the potent Sanskrit word ‘ATHA’ or here/now and explore its significance in the Indian philosophical yoga teachings – and in more recent research. Through presentation, interaction and yoga practice, gain insights into how practice for you and your students may be enhanced to harness the benefits of Atha, moving from unwanted unease or distraction towards a sense of ease and focus, greater awareness, more clarity, freedom.

Through presentation, interaction, and simple yoga practices, students will be able to:

– Reflect on Atha, the first word of The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
– Put Atha in context with the authoritative Yoga Sutra of Patanjali text – including its four chapters, and its key Yoga Models (including Astanga Yoga)
– Realise the use of Atha in other yoga historical texts
– Connect with modern day research on being in the ‘now’
– Experience a simple asana, pranayama, dharana practice using a chant based on Atha to bring a mental focus throughout and a deeper connection
– Explore and experience (time permitting) other yoga tools and practices for staying with Atha
– Share and develop their experiences of Atha
– Take away ideas for enhancing yoga practices using Atha

Speaker – Heather Robinson

Event Timeslots (1)

Friday – AJ100
Venue - AJ100