The Yoga Sutras are one of the most important works on Yoga philosophy and practice in the Indian spiritual tradition. They are one of the greatest guides to spiritual practice ever written. The Sutras describe the root causes of human suffering and provide us with a path to take us from suffering to peacefulness and joy. This path is Yoga.
Because the Sutras address many of the great questions of life and are written in Sanskrit,they are often viewed as too esoteric to have practical relevance to our modern lifestyles.This problem has been aggravated because most commentaries on the Sutras are dry and academic, and students often become discouraged in their attempts to study the Sutras.
Gary brings a unique passion and enthusiasm to studying the Sutras. He has spent the last four years writing an innovative book on the Sutras as his spiritual practice. The book uses image, quotation and design to bring the teachings to life and make them approachable by teachers and students.
We will explore the basic concepts of Yoga philosophy and the framework of the Sutras to build a foundation to integrate them into our practice. To illuminate these concepts we will view images, listen to chants and have discussion. We will take a deep dive into such key areas as:
The classical meaning of “yoga”
The goal of yoga practice
The five afflictions which create human suffering
The practice of Kriya and Astanga Yoga to end the afflictions and reach the goal
the dilemma of practice and non-attachment
The obstacles to practice, including spiritual materialism.
We will also explore how to bring the Sutras into our modern lifestyles to reduce our stress, conflicts and anxieties. How can Patanjali guide us as we navigate the freeways tothe office, the demands of living in a digital world, and the economic and physical stress inherent in modern society?
This workshop is open to both teachers and students who want to explore the authentic ground of Yoga and enrich their practice through study of this timeless classic.
Breathe Yoga Studio-Los Gatos, CA
Saturday, April 14th 1:30pm-4:30pm