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Rumi and The Mystical Path of Sufism for Yogis with Ani Binkley

May 2 @ 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

$50.00 – $60.00

The mystical Sufi tradition and philosophy has been a subject of interest to many yogis; it is not uncommon to hear a Rumi poem or quote read as part of a yoga class. The mystical path followed most famously by Rumi as well as other well known Sufi poets like Hafiz and Rabia, is compatible with the spiritual tenets of yoga, and can be explored together to deepen one’s spiritual practice. This workshop is designed for yoga students who are interested in exploring the fundamentals of mystical Sufism, and learn how Sufi practices and poetry may enhance their existing yoga practice.

The workshop will begin with a lecture on the foundations of the mystical path of Sufism and how it relates to yoga, followed by an introduction to Sufi poetry and practices, and will conclude our practice with a gentle yoga practice that includes the active exploration of Sufi themes, practices and poetry infused with yogic postures (asana) and breathwork.

No previous knowledge of Sufism is required, although it is recommended that students have some familiarity with yoga and some previous yoga experience. All levels are welcome. The physical practice will be very gentle and made broadly accessible to accommodate most bodies.

Students will leave with:
Basic knowledge of Sufism (including a handout with key tenets)
An understanding of how Sufism relates to yogic spirituality and can enhance the practice
Experience exploring fundamental Sufi practices both independently and in a yoga practice

Saturday, May 2
Time: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
$50.00 preregistered; $60 at the door


May 2
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
$50.00 – $60.00
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East Meets West Yoga Center
8230 Old Courthouse Road, #400
Vienna, Virginia 22182 United States
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