This workshop on the Yama and Niyama (external and internal disciplines) 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 Yama and Niyama in the context of the eight limbs of yoga.  We will explore the development of a personal perspective regarding the interpretation of the yama/niyama by considering them practices rather than prescriptions.  In doing so we review their application to yoga asana practice and daily life.


  • Overview of the eight limbs of yoga and the context within the Yoga Sutras
  • Introduction to the yama and niyama and their relevance as practices rather than prescriptions
  • Consideration of the yama in relation to asana – individually and collectively
  • Group discussion on isvara pranidhana and its possible interpretations
  • Consideration of the niyama in relation to asana – individually and collectively
  • Consideration of the yama/niyama as practice and teaching tools – 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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