INTELLIGENT YOGA: A CPD weekend with Peter Blackaby: 10 & 11 Feb 2018

INTELLIGENT YOGA: A CPD weekend with Peter Blackaby: 10 & 11 Feb 2018



Saturday 10-5pm: Yoga and the Merelogical Fallacy

Mereology is the study of the relationship between parts and the whole. It helps us with questions about when it is useful to reduce things and look at their component parts and when it is useful to put things together and consider the whole.

The Merelogical Fallacy is when we ascribe qualities of the whole to a part of a thing. An example of this might be that the biceps flexes the elbow; this is only very partially true. A human being flexes an elbow not a bicep; a bicep has no will or mind to bring to bear on things, there are many other things that are involved in the bending of an arm. It might be thought pedantic to invoke this argument, but I don’t think it is, I think it leads us down a faulty way of thinking about movement and many other things.

We could also ask is it useful to separate breathing, asana and meditation, are they separate things or do they have a relationship?

It is this sort of question we will explore in this workshop through lecture, practice and conversation.

Sunday 10-5pm: The Art of Not Adjusting

In yoga there is a widely held perception that alignment and adjustment by teachers to alignment is a significant part of asana practice. In some quarters this is such an important aspect of practice that it is unquestioned. However if we pause for a moment, we can ask the question, alignment to what? Behind this pursuit for perfect alignment is the supposition that there is something helpful about the shape of the asana itself, and that by achieving this shape the body will be endowed with some significant benefit. However this reasoning is deeply suspect, there is very little evidence to support the idea that being able to assume these postural shapes is helpful, particularly if they do not relate to anything useful in the human repertoire of movement. Secondly the reliance of having a teacher to ‘adjust’ you tends to take you away from your own felt sense, and it is the felt sense that is most significant when learning about movement and the embodied self. When we align ourselves to a posture through a list of detailed instructions and adjustments all we find out about ourselves is how good we are at following instructions.  On the other hand when we get more in touch with the feeling of the body we start to learn about ourselves and create the conditions for significant change.

COST: £90 for both days.

Accommodation is available nearby.  Contact for details.

VENUE: Whittle-le-Woods Village Hall, Union Street, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 7LN.

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