Come join us at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the session for 20-30 minute yoga philosophy discussions. Anyone is welcome. During the Early Fall 2014 Session we are reviewing the 8 limbs of yoga (asana or postures are only one limb!) and then studying in more depth the first and second limbs of yoga: the “yamas” (moral external disciplines) and the “niyamas” (internal or personal disciplines). Bring a copy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras if you have one, but I have many translations and commentaries you can use. Visit the Resources Page for different translations/commentaries — there are many out there! If you would like to read the sutras in advance, they are found in the second chapter or “pada,” Sutra II.29 – II.32.
Yoga is a “darsana” — or living philosophy — in other words it is not simply conceptual but experiential. So the discussions can be particularly rich and deeply relevant to our lives. For example, what does “ahimsa” or non-violence (the first “yama”) mean to you? Why is it important in yoga? Does non-violence extend to thought in addition to action? When is violence justified? What are ways to cultivate non-violence or counter violent tendencies? Please do not feel in any way obligated to come — but if you are curious to learn more about yoga, this is a good place to begin! Please call or e-mail me with any questions.