Maarten Vermaase presents ‘If you are ‘doing’ Yoga, you are not doing ‘Yoga’

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Maarten Vermaase presents ‘If you are ‘doing’ Yoga, you are not doing ‘Yoga’

12 November, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


‘Distinguishing Yoga from just exercise’

Dutch born Maarten Vermaase is a Diploma Course Tutor for the British Wheel of Yoga and has practised and studied Yoga since the early 1970’s. He studied Hatha Yoga primarily under Robert Van Heeckeren, and Tibetan Buddhist meditation, Yoga and healing Exercises with numerous Lamas and teachers from the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. He teaches extensively in Oxford and London, and runs regular workshops, retreats and BWY Meditation Modules for groups nationwide. He started the Mahasiddha Yoga Group in 1999 at the suggestion of his teacher, Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. He can be contacted at: or

What makes Yoga into Yoga? In one word, mindfulness. The Buddhist definition of mindfulness is ‘to remember the instructions’. The practice of Yoga involves ‘mind instructions’ for both ‘on the mat’ and ‘off the mat’ situations, so that we can become 24/7 practitioners. A Buddhist text says: ‘accomplishment is the result of knowing the practices’, and ‘may my mind follow Yoga, and may my Yoga follow the Path’. How can we ensure that our practice of Yoga takes us in the right direction?

During this day we will examine the Buddhist interpretation of the stages of Hatha Yoga as presented in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. We will learn ‘mind instructions’ to help us with our practical Yoga, Pranayama and meditation, and our daily life.

NB Participants should have attended least one year of Yoga classes and be familiar with Surya Namaskar. Ideally they have experience of breath work, and are interested in the philosophy of Yoga. Participants are advised to bring notebook and take notes!! Bring a copy of Hatha Yoga Pradipika if you have one.

If you are a teacher this workshop is suitable for FRYOG CPD and BWY CPD.  If you attend please make sure it is noted on the register that you are a FRYOG/BWY teacher for CPD records”.

Proposed Timetable for the day is below:

10.00 introduction of course material

discussion: what is Yoga and why do it? Jataka story…..

introduce concepts: ‘Three Trainings’ – three areas of practice

internal and external and conditions: lineage, motivation and circumstances

Hatha Yoga principles: energy, breath, mind – how the mind relates to breath

11.00 practical : Yoga asana sequence –‘being in the body’

working with the breath: breath release, ‘natural breath’ awareness, Akasha Pranayama

meditation: with Ajapa. How to prolong a meditation session, walking meditation.

(app 1.00 lunch)

1.45 discussion: Yama and Niyama, the importance of conduct

introduce concepts: Klesha and Kriya, the practice of purification

2.15 practical: Purification breathing and visualisation – a version of Nadi Sodhana

3.00 practical: Yoga asana sequence, preparing for the inner Yogas, ‘the Yoga of no body’,

working with the breath: using the breath as support

meditation: ‘let the mind rest naturally’, a glimmer of Samadhi

4.00 finish and dedication

How to Book: Book on-line or if you wish to pay by cheque you can email Julie for a booking form on

Terms and Conditions of booking: Places are only reserved upon receipt of full payment, and are only guaranteed once you have received confirmation of funds processed. Refunds can only be given if your place can be filled by someone on the waiting list.

Parking: Please click here for details of available parking


12 November, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Julie Potter


Yoga for Harmony
143a Arthur Rd
Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1RU United Kingdom
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