Sun 07 July 2019 / 14:00 - 16:00 / Yogarise Peckham Studio 2

Cultivate the Opposite: A Yoga Masterclass with Becky Farbstein

£25 for 2 hours

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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali invite yogis to “cultivate the opposite:” when we confront adversity or harm, we are asked to cultivate kindness and compassion instead. This masterclass more broadly applies the idea of cultivating the opposite through both asana and pranayama. After considering the philosophical discussion of the foundations of this idea, we will apply these notions to the extended, wide-ranging asana practice. Throughout, we will notice how we can move beyond the most immediately obvious physical sensations and “cultivate the opposite” sensations to seek a balanced sense of equanimity. How do we cultivate strength in postures that seem to be about flexibility?; can we slow down when we want to race?; can we notice parts of the body and physical actions that we often ignore? We will finish with pranayama practice that is less about “doing” and more about noticing. The physical practice, while strong and challenging, will be adaptable for various levels of experience, but at least 6 months of regular yoga practice is advised.


Becky took her first yoga class at a local gym nearly twelve years ago and has been practising ever since. With no background in dance, gymnastics, or martial arts, Becky has always found dynamic yoga to be both challenging and rewarding. Expect a physically strong and intellectually challenging vinyasa class which places primacy on building an intentional and steady ujjayi breath. Becky loves it when people breathe deep, try new things, fall out of poses, smile, and sweat profusely. Becky is grateful to all of her teachers, especially Stewart Gilchrist, under whom she completed her first teacher training, Mark Kan, David Swenson, and Sri Sheshadri.