Yoga Sutra Readings

Yoga Sutra Gatherings

June 8th, 2017

7:30pm

June 8th

Reading:
Book I Sutra 15 & Book II Sutras 55

The senses – how do they inform you, guide you, distract you and perhaps derail you? Are they guiding you to places you want to go?

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May 11th

Reading:
Book I Sutra 33

This Sutra, nicely nestled into the Portion on Contemplation (Book I), is an abrupt change in approach. This hands-on Sutra gives us answers, not theory.

Are we watching to know when to use a key? How can we practice to know which key to use?

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Apr 6th

Reading:
Book 1 Sutras 15-16

These two Sutras give the definitions of discernment and non-attachment.
Reflect on attachments you may have. How do they affect your feelings and actions? Are there ways for you to reduce or overcome them?

Mar 2nd

Reading:
Book 1 Sutras 1-4

These Sutras give us the definition and goal of yoga. How relevant do they feel to you and what you are seeking in yoga?

Jan 19th

Reading:
Book 2 Sutras 33 & 34

As we come into the New Year, which is often a time of increased energy and effort to adopt new habits to better ourselves in some way, we will look at the changing behavior potential of these 2 Sutras.

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Dec 15th

Reading:
Book 2 Sutras 46-50

We will keep it simple this month. Let’s ground ourselves back into the most tangible of the koshas – the body and the breath. Read about asana and reflect on its value and relationship to your seated practice. Read about the breath, the prana, and also connect it with your practices.

And then come to the gathering to sit and breathe with others.

Peace & Light

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Nov 17th

Reading:
Book 2 Sutras 30, 31, 35-39 – The Yamas (Abstinences)

Why does that word ‘abstain’ frighten us, and cause us to either shrink away or approach with extreme caution? Can we tip toe into them, or must they be embraced whole heartedly?

Read, reflect, and come to the gathering to share your thoughts and insights.

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Oct 20th

Reading:
Book I Sutras 12-15

In these few Sutras Patanjali gives us all the instructions we need on how to transform the mind. Yet why is this so difficult for us to do?

Read these Sutras, reflect, and I look forward to hearing from you when we next gather.

Blessings & Love

 

Sept 22nd 

Reading:
Book 1 Sutra 2
Book 4 Sutra 18

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Can you recognize and feel when the “vrittis” are swirling? Has meditation helped you to glimpse flashes of “Purusha”?

Reflect on what predominant “vrittis” in your mind are blocking the experience of “Purusha”.

Peace

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June 15th

Reading:

Book 2 Sutras 40-44 – The Niyamas (Observances)

The Niyamas are the second of the eight limbs of yoga. They offer guidance for our daily “off the meditation mat” life.

Read through a Niyama a day, and circle back and read them again, letting the repetition infuse a little further into you.

*Note – We looked at Book 2 Sutra 40 a month ago, comparing the Sutra with other references Patanjali made to the body. Now we will look at this Sutra as it pertains to daily life.

This is our final gathering until September.

Peace

June 2nd 

Reading:
Book 1 Sutras 32-34- The Four Locks and Keys (Sutra 33) are nestled between sutras on concentration and breathing.

Read and reflect first on the possible reason for this, and then go into your own experience and see what truth lies there for you.

Bring this with you to our gathering.

Peace

May 11th 

Reading:
Book 2 Sutra 40 – Read the Sutra and the commentary many times. Reflect and look back at other Sutras where Patanjali discusses use of the body to further meditation.

Reflect on the way in which your body hinders or accelerates your practice.

Peace

April 28th 

Reading:
Book 2 Sutras 49-53
Pranayama – read the Sutras and the commentary once. Then read just the Sutras and feel (breath) them.

Come to our gathering wearing comfortable clothing that allows you to breath fully and easily. Let’s expand together!

Peace