Texts: Zen in the Art of Archery, Eugen Herrigel; Dhanurveda The Vedic Military Science, Dr. Ravi Prakash Arya
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna instructs the archer Arjuna with merely "Yogastha Kuru Kamani," which means "First establish being in yourself and then, and only then, perform the action." Ancient legends and literature depict archery as magical and instills in us an awe of those that wield such weapons. Dhanurveda, or the Yoga of Weapons, is one of the oldest forms of Yoga and a prime component of the four original Vedas. Its teachings focus training on seven weapons with the bow being the most important. On the surface, these lessons are technical and precise however they contain metaphors for a right and rewarding Yogic path. The more profound levels of Dhanurveda teaches us concentration, focus, breathing, stillness and the right use of power to manifest positive change and show us that the art of releasing an arrow is a metaphor for transformation.
For this workshop, we will spend an afternoon reviewing the basic tenets of Dhanurveda as it relates to archery. We will delve into the yoga of weapons, ancient archer archetype and develop an understanding of how outer form can mirror inner practice thereby allowing a more profound peace, trust, and alliance with Nature and all beings.
What will be covered?
Great Doctrine of Archery
External and Internal Mechanics of the Bow
Stances, Grips, and Methods of Drawing the Bow
Aiming and Shooting
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