The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are considered the foundational text for understanding the purpose and path of Yoga. Many times, however, we may feel that this text is hard to approach and understand in the context of our everyday lives. This course aims to unpack and explain Patanjali’s teaching so that we can apply it directly to our actual practice of yoga and our daily life.
Each session will consist of a talk and open discussion (led by Charu) and a yoga practice designed around the theme of that particular class (led by Vaishali). In general, the talk and discussion will be around 75 minutes (4.30 – 5.45pm), followed by a short break and a 60 minute practice session (6-7pm).
This course is open to anyone interested in understanding the path of yoga.
Sessions are broadly structured as follows:
SESSION 1: SAMADHI PADA (CHAPTER ONE OF THE YOGA SUTRAS)
SATURDAY 19 NOV, 4.30 – 7PM
This session’s talk will introduce the purpose of yoga and explore the activity and stillness of the mind as the framework for yoga. The practice session will consist mainly of asana.
SESSION 2: SADHANA PADA (CHAPTER TWO OF THE YOGA SUTRAS)
SATURDAY 26 NOV, 4.30 – 7PM
This session’s talk will present the path of yoga as a means to recognizing and overcoming difficulties in life. We will also begin to explore the eight limbs or ashta-anga of yoga. Practice this week will begin to introduce bodywork and pranayama alongside asana.
SESSION 3: SADHANA & VIBHUTI PADA (CHAPTERS TWO & THREE OF THE YOGA SUTRAS)
SATURDAY 3 DEC, 4.30 – 7PM
In the talk this week, we will continue to work with the eight limbs of yoga. In addition, we will learn how to recognize true progress on the path. The practice session will integrate meditation, asana and pranayama.
SESSION 4: KAIVALYA PADA (CHAPTER FOUR OF THE YOGA SUTRAS)
SATURDAY 10 DEC, 4.30 – 7PM
This class will explore the process of discerning and letting go, in order to ultimately realize our true nature. The practice session will consist mainly of bodywork and meditation.