The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is one of the most important and foundational texts of classical Yoga philosophy, and where many yoga students begin their study. Also referred to as Raja Yoga, or Ashtanga Yoga, the yoga sutras, compiled by Patanjali in the early centuries CE (about the same time the Buddha lived) ultimately teach us how to understand the mind and train the mind.
The Yoga Sutras are a collection of “sutra” philosophy, short statements, neither poetry nor prose, which describe an eight-fold path (ashtanga) which culminates in samadhi, or liberated state. This is considered the Royal Path because it is the most difficult and important path to train or tune our minds. Our mind alone is the cause for freedom and also the cause for attachment and bondage. Therefore, the yogi wishes to train his/her own mind.
In this course you will study the sutras of the second chapter in detail. We will explore the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, with a detailed focus on the Yamas and Niyamas, the ethical framework and preparation for the practice of Yoga. Join us for a fun and clear exploration of these sutras by a highly experienced teacher.
The course includes 4 hours total of instruction, over 7 modules.
This is a theory course, suitable for all students of yoga. No experience is necessary and no physical practice of yoga is involved. A downloadable pdf is included with all sutras of chapter 2 in Sanskrit and transliteration for ease of study.