October began our study of the Yoga Sutra. Throughout the next few months we will be following the Yoga Sutra from Pada Eka through the end. The most important lesson to remember is from Sutra 2:1: Yogas chitta vrtti nirodha; "Yoga is the quieting of the mind's chatter." The rest is just direction for accomplishing this task. Each sutra is like a gentle guide drawing us along the path to finding union and separation. Join in as we reference translations by Saccidananda and Iyengar. Our study will continue until we complete the book.
The many styles of Yoga.
Do you practice Yoga but have no idea what style or lineage your teacher draws from? During the month of September we discussed every style from Raja to Bikram. Our in-depth study of how Americans have modified and manipulated the practice helped to clarify why Yoga is the way it is. Our students were able to learn the connections between Iyengar and Jivamukti as well as Kundalini and Vinyasa. If your curious about how Yoga has become what it is in the U.S. references like Georg Feurstein can help to clarify how the practice has changed to become what it is today.
Why Do Yoga?
During the month of August we spent time discussing why people do Yoga. More than just a physical practice, it can benefit you inside and out by changing not only your perception of the world but also of yourself. If you are interested in learning more try out a few pieces of quick reading including "Devotion" and "Poser."