Yoga and the Mereological Fallacy with Pete Blackaby
(almost fully booked)

Sunday 11th October 2020 Postponed – new date to be confirmed a.s.a.p.

10.30 – 16.30

The Virginia Water Community Centre
35 Cabrera Avenue
Virginia Water
GU25 4EY

Cost £55

Mereology is the study of the relationship between parts and the whole. It helps us with questions about when it is useful to reduce things and look at their component parts and when it is useful to put things together and consider the whole.

The mereological fallacy is when we ascribe qualities of the whole to a part of a thing. An example of this might be that the bicep flexes the elbow; this is only very partially true. A human being flexes an elbow not a bicep; a bicep has no will or mind to bring to bear on things, there are many other things that are involved in the bending of an arm. It might be thought pedantic to invoke this argument, but I don’t think it is, I think it leads us down a faulty way of thinking about movement and many other things.

We could also ask is it useful to separate breathing, asana and meditation, are they separate things, or do they have a relationship?

About Peter Blackaby

Peter started practicing yoga seriously in 1978 as a student of the Iyengar system and after six years undertook the two-year teacher-training programme, qualifying in 1986. He continued in this system for a further four years. From 1987-1993 Peter studied Osteopathy at the College of Osteopaths at Regents College London, qualifying in 1994. From 1995 he co-ran a two-year teacher training course with John Stirk and Sophy Hoare, while teaching anatomy and physiology at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy in Ealing. This was followed by another two-year training course.
In 2002 he became involved in the British Wheel of Yoga (the governing body in England), and ran a two-year teacher training programme for them. Although Peter no longer trains teachers, he has been running courses for teachers since then. His interest in the last 15 years has been to put some scientific underpinning to the practice of yoga, both in the biomechanical sense and in the mind/body relationship.

To Reserve a Place

(Almost fully Booked)

To reserve a place please contact Victoria James preferably by email: or call 07917 448344