Philosophy: Models for Yoga Therapy $120
The heart of yoga can be found in Patanjali’s yoga sutras;196 seed verses that describe a path to spiritual liberation. Deepen your understanding of yoga through a practical exploration of this text.
Key concepts include Viveka-Discernment, Svadhyaya-Self-observation, Sankhalpa-Intention and more. Discussion will include how to bring philosophy principles into modern life, along with pronunciation of the sutras.
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This begins the series on Yoga Philosophy as a Yoga therapy tool. An introduction to Patanjali and Sutra study. I share part of my library and explain why I have so many translations and commentaries!
We will introduce how Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras can influence our lives.
Purusha & Prakriti, Pada I overview
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In this session, we focus on PYSI.3:
तदा द्रष्टुः स्वरूपेऽवस्थानम् – tadā draṣṭuḥ svarūpe ‘vasthānaṃ
YOGA SUTRA 1.3: Then the Seer abides in Itself, resting in its own True Nature, which is called Self-realization.
Then the Seer abides in Itself, resting in its own True Nature, which is called Self-realisation.
Then the perceiver is situated in his own form
On that day the seer comes to dwell within his own real nature. Otherwise it follows the form of the turning.
Then the Self stands alone: As a result of having done the process of nirodhah, described in PYS 1.2, the true Self stands alone, unencumbered by our false identities (described in PYS I.4).
Four Keys to the Heart
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We look at PYS I.33, and uncover our new view as we explore deeper into the practice of Yoga. This is one of my favourite Yoga Sutras, and plays a particular significance because of its relationship with my own practice of Buddhism.
PYS I.33 introduces the concept of the Brahma Viharas or “sublime attitudes”, which is at the heart of the Buddha’s teachings. This yoga sutra is one I think is critical to our practice as yogis – we will be discussing this sutra our whole lives.
Compassion is essential to our practice, and the practice of compassion begins with the cultivation within. The brahma-viharas connect directly with our desire for true happiness. They help redirect us in an attitude of unlimited goodwill, unlimited compassion, unlimited appreciative joy, and unlimited equanimity.
These unlimited attitudes can be developed from the more limited versions of these emotions that we experience in the human heart.
Kleshas and Freedom
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There is a simplicity to the Yoga Sutras. While it may appear complicated when reading the Yoga Sutras and commentaries, the central theme is removing, transcending or setting aside the obstacles, veils or false identities of the Self. The suggestions in the Yoga Sutras are refinements of how to do this. Being mindful of this core simplicity is how to progress on the path of Yoga.
Once obstacles and false identities have been set aside, the true Self, which is here, naturally comes shining through (PYSI.3). The rest of the time, we are entangled with false identities so we do not see that this misidentification has happened (PYSI.4). It is said that we are asleep, and need to awaken. That awakening to the Self is Yoga.
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Key concepts include Viveka-Discernment, Svadhyaya-Self-observation, Sankhalpa-Intention and more.
The heart of yoga can be found in Patanjali’s yoga sutras;196 verses that describe a path to spiritual liberation.
Deepen your understanding of yoga through practical exploration of key concepts of Viveka-Discernment, Svadhyaya-Self-observation, Sankhalpa-Intention and more.