The Yoga Sutra is the foundational text of classical Raja Yoga (Royal Yoga). Codified by the sage Patanjali around 2,000 years ago, it is a precise distillation of the teachings of yoga and meditation according to this system in 196 very succinct sutras (verses) over four padas (chapters). Also known as Ashtanga Yoga (the Eightfold Path) and Patanjali Yoga (the Yoga According to Patanjali) it offers profound teachings not only on meditation, but also on self-enquiry and daily mindfulness.
Tutor(s): Swami Nishchalananda and Swami Krishnapremananda
In classical yoga, the Yoga Sutra is intended as a natural step after Hatha Yoga for serious practitioners. It directly explores the subtlety of the human mind, emphasising the value of one-pointedness as a necessary step towards absorption into its Source.
This remaining day of the three will focus on the classical eight-fold path and how the practices can be applied in our lives to deepen our yoga practice and understanding. The eight-fold path comprises 1. yama (observances to harmonise social interaction), 2. niyama (personal observances to harmonise one's attitudes and feeling), 3. asana (specifically sitting postures), 4. pranayama (breathing practices), 5. pratyahara (sense withdrawal), 6. dharana (concentration), 7. dhyana (meditation) and 8. samadhi (absorption in Consciousness).
You are very welcome to join us for this online course in order to deepen your understanding of the key teachings of this path of yoga. The course will be delivered over three separate yet interwoven days, each of which can be booked separately. You can book one, two or all three of the days as you wish.