This workshop on the Brahmavihara (the sublime abodes) is one of a series seeking to explore some of the key ideas presented in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Each of the Yoga Bones workshops aims to bridge the gap between the intellectual engagement with philosophical ideas and the practical integration into our practice and lives.

In this workshop we provide an overview of the Brahmavihara (the sublime abodes).  We explore practical and personal ways of thinking and talking about the Brahmavihara in ways linked to yoga asana practice and daily life.


  • Overview of dukkha (suffering) and the context within the Yoga Sutras
  • Introducing the Brahmavihara and its companion techniques for settling the disturbances of consciousness according to Patanjali
  • Overview of the Brahmavihara from the Buddhist perspective
  • Practical exploration of Patanjali’s companion techniques
  • Practical exploration of loving kindness and compassion in asana
  • Metta (loving kindness) meditation
  • Introduction and group work on ‘near enemy states’ to the Brahmavihara
  • Practical exploration of joy and equanimity in asana
  • Consideration of the Brahmavihara in the practice and teaching context – opportunities and pitfalls

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop series is for people who:

  • Have studied Patanjali previously and would like to explore further or can’t see the relevance to modern yoga
  • Are relatively new to yoga philosophy
  • Would like to learn ways to introduce the wider concepts of yoga to students.

Workshop format

This 1-day workshop (typically 10am-4pm with 5 hours teaching time) contains a mix of tutor presentation, group discussion and practical exploration involving individual asana practice and group work.

Recommended maximum numbers for this workshop are 30 participants.

Tutor biography

Ade works as a Rolfer, Craniosacral Therapist, and Yoga teacher in Henfield, West Sussex.

Ade in his natural habitat

Ade in his natural habitat

His yoga story is centred around a daily ashtanga yoga practice begun in 2000 and involving extensive periods studying with Nancy Gilgoff at her home in Maui.  Latterly, he has also been influenced by teachings inspired by the work of Vanda Scaravelli through explorations with Suzi Daw in Brighton.  He was blessed to study the Dharma with Sonia Moriceau up until her death in 2013.

He completed the BWY Diploma in 2004.  From then until 2014 he taught from a converted barn in the Black Mountains of South Wales.  His bodywork studies and practice deeply inform his teaching, which continues from his new home in Sussex and via workshops in the UK and Switzerland.

He is a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and a BWY CPD tutor. He has been teaching workshops and extended programmes for yoga students since 2006.

Booking this workshop

To discuss availability, fees and partnership delivery options please contact ade@bodybeing.co.uk

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