The practices and philosophies of yoga are vast and ancient. Over 2000 years ago, Patanjali encapsulated these teachings in to 196 illuminated sentences, widely known today as the Yoga Sutra.
Investigate the readings at the core of yogic theory in a chapter by chapter series delivered over four months.
Discover a philosophy containing well-springs of wisdom on growing steadiness and ease in daily life. Sessions are designed around discerning concepts central to the teachings, engaging in discourse, and guided meditation practice.
Any translation of the Yoga welcome but not required.
Here are two of my favorite resources:
Secret of the Yoga Sutra by Panditji Rajmani Tigunait
The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar.
Sign up for the full four book course or pick individual sessions to attend based on your schedule and preferences. Read the book and course descriptions here.
Embark on the full course path and immerse yourself in the readings of the yoga sutras over 4 months of weekly sessions. Course details will be shared following registration.
The first book of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra:
Samadhi Pada, Chapter on Absorption.
This chapter introduces us to the nature of the mind, its tendency to roam, and how we might begin to develop greater focus.
The second book of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra:
Sadhana Pada, Chapter on Practice.
This chapter introduces us to the Eight-limbed path of yoga, including methods of steadying the mind through practices such as asana and pranayama.
The third book of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra:
Vibhuti Pada, Chapter on Progress.
This chapter comments on the subtle states of awareness that emerge with longer periods of study and practice, as well as some of the obstacles that may be encountered along the path.
The fourth book of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, Kaivalya Pada, Chapter on Freedom.
This chapter offers insight into the long term benefits of daily practice and an approach to life anchored in a steadiness of mind and heartfelt ease.