Yoga Mythology and the Deeper Significance of the Āsanas

Yoga Mythology & the Deeper Significance of the Āsanas

Saturday 25th – Monday 27th May 2024

Led by Hali Schwartz

Every posture we practice today has a story…

A story which finds its roots in the magnificent accounts found in yoga’s vast and fascinating mythology. Stories of divinity and humanity and the rich and complex relationship they share, stories of personal struggle and emancipation, stories of the crucial lessons offered to us by nature, stories of love and loss, knowledge and survival…and so much more! 

Many of these stories and the profound lessons they impart, through the passage of time, found their way into the practice of yoga – especially hatha yoga āsana. This has given us a storehouse of rare and precious gems to investigate, and then apply in our own lives as yogis.

This course will take us on a journey that traverses the ages of yoga’s vast mythology, in order to better understand the inner significance of practices we cherish today. 


Saturday 25th – Monday 27th May 2024, 8:30am – 4:30pm


The price for this 25 hour module is £400

The price for Yoga Hero teacher trainees and graduates is £325

Payment in instalments is available.

Course Objectives:

  • To deeply understand the inner significance of practices we cherish today
  • To learn to practice, and teach, yoga honouring the roots of the asanas, and thus, honouring the roots of yoga
  • To take the profound lessons in built in to asanas and bring them to our classes and our practice
  • To traverses the ages of yoga’s vast mythology
  • How to construct yoga āsana sequences and classes with deep meaning at the heart of them
  • To explore the hidden meaning of the āsanas we practice regularly, gaining a more profound understanding of their original purpose
  • Learn about the merging of yoga and creative expression, to see how art, dance, music and poetry inform yoga āsana
  • Discovering how storytelling was, and can be, a way of explaining yoga philosophies’ deepest and most fundamental teachings
  • Using āsana as a way of releasing our own inner story; seeing the universality of the themes behind the postures. 

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    Course Leader
    Hali Schwartz

    Hali Schwartz

    Hali says:

    I have been immersed in the world of yoga since I was a young girl. My very first yoga teacher was my mother. I have such a clear and distinct memory of being 8 years old and asking my mother: “What is Yoga?”  Her answer mystified me, being so young. She answered: “Yoga means ‘balance.’” In those days I didn’t quite understand what that meant. At that time it had already been a few years that she had been studying and practicing yoga and meditation with great devotion. I went with her to all the classes and sessions she was taking with an Indian guru who was touring Canada and the US. It was the 1970’s and there was a growing group of people who were truly pioneers in exploring the world of yoga and finding out how its teachings can transform lives. Every day they would come to my house for their yoga meetings and I would sit and listen and laugh and absorb the energy of it, even though I didn’t really know what they were talking about.

    Years later, in 1988 I traveled to India for the first time to the ash ram where my mother had decided to devote her life. I have traveled there every year since, delving into all aspects of the yoga tradition at the International Meditation Institute (I.M.I. ) in Kullu, in the North Western Himalayas where my mother still lives nearly 40 years later! It was at the institute that I was introduced to yoga philosophy in all its glory. I studied the Sanskrit language, several yoga and vedantic scriptures such as the Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra (to name but a few) as well as chanting, meditation, hatha, kriya and restorative yoga.

    In 1999 I started teaching yoga in Toronto, while continuing my studies in Ashtanga Yoga with the incomparable Ron Reid at the Downward Dog. In 2001, I began teaching yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, chanting and meditation in various teacher training programs around the city, and have trained hundreds of teachers since then at Yoga Space, Octopus Garden, IAM Yoga and Sananda Yoga. I love mentoring new teachers as well as introducing new students in the amazing benefits of this awesome tradition.

    In 2002 I took my first  group of yoga students with me to India, and have since lead several pilgrimage voyages to the Himalayas, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Varanasi, Rajasthan, New Delhi and Mumbai.

    I am so passionate about this subject. It is my life’s joy to share this knowledge and this practice with anyone and everyone who has the interest to dive into it!

    Who is this course for? 

    This course is open to any aspiring or trainee yoga teachers, or anyone with an interest in learning more about the incredible practice of yoga.

    This course is also open to all yoga teachers who have a 200 hour accreditation from Yoga Alliance Professionals, and / or the Yoga Alliance Organisation, who wish to deepen their practice and teaching.

    Further course information including all policies >https://yogahero.co.uk/300-hour-yoga-teacher-training-policy-documentation/

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      About Yoga Hero

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      Jury’s Inn (Five minutes’ walk)
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      There are also many very reasonably priced AirBnBs on the Dock

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