THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATAÑJALI 

TALK AND WORKSHOP

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

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THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATAÑJALI 

TALK AND WORKSHOP

date to be announced

The Talk

  • The meaning of yoga according to the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali and Samkhya philosophy.  

    • We will unpack this extraordinary text by first exploring the nature of consciousness and the manifestation of our perceived reality according to Patañjali. 

  • Vyāsa-bhāṣya (early commentaries on the Yoga Sutra) and how the practices were described in more detail. 

  • How the mind functions according to this teaching by exploring the 3 Gunas (aspects of manifest reality or prakṛti) and puruṣa (pure, untouched, enlightened consciousness). 

  • How the practice of the eight limbs of yoga has a direct effect on the gunas.

    • we will explore how one can still mind or Chitta to invite deeper stages of samadhi or concentration.  

  • The potential of the mind or siddhi in samyama, a combination of dhāraṇā (concentration), dhyāna (meditation) and samādhi (union).

  • What final liberation or kaivalya means in Yoga.

PRACTICE

Following the talk, we will work through a series of practices designed to induce sensory withdrawal followed by meditation practices for concentration.  These meditation practices will start with object pointed meditations moving through more subtle objects of awareness until we arrive at an objectless open meditation.   There will be elements of devotional practices and mantra woven into the practice.