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Patanjali Yoga Sutra Study
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the most important text for the serious student of Yoga. About 2.5 millennium ago, Patanjali compiled the most relevant knowledge on the subject. This concise Sanskrit text, defines Yoga, explains the methods of practice, and the results that may be obtained.

Together, we will learn the correct Sanskrit inflection and pronunciation of these sutras, as taught in the school of Krishnamacharya by TKV Desikachar. We will discuss and reflect upon the profound meaning of the sutras and their contemporary relevance.

Since the time that man first stood on two legs, life has offered an inescapable mixture of pleasure and pain. Out of this, throughout all time, suffering has been the outcome. Humans have gone to all extremes, in attempt to overcome this relentless suffering. Great enlightened sages knew / know that our mistaken identity was / is the prime cause of the misery. Patanjali is revered as one of the highest of these sages.

His sutras introduce us to the Yoga of action, (Kriya yoga) explaining that knowledge alone is not enough to end the misery. We must act in Yoga, and have Yoga in action. This type of action is for the sake of realizing Kaivalya, the state of existing free from the binding of physical matter.

Patanjali Yoga Sutra Study Group

We could say that chapter I covers an intuitive approach and chapter II is more tangible for tuning our practice. Both are accessible and make a good study. Chapters III & IV may be considered for experienced teachers and for very advanced students.

We will cover the practical application of the sutras to our lives as yoga practitioners. Many 1000's or is it of commentaries are available on the market. Most teacher's course's offer but a translation of the sutras. Ours will not be a commentary nor a translation. It is an inquiry. This course will be provided as a mirror. We will look at our present lives as yoga practitioners and reflect against the actual teachings of Patanjali, sutra by sutra. We will be assessing ourselves, our practice, and our attitudes in life using the text as our gage.

In this self study we will personally decide what we need to change in order to be successful in our practice for yoga. Just as when we look into the physical mirror at home what we can change we do only through our own efforts. "Then we think we are done and our loved one says 'What is that? Soap behind your ear?' This in the role of the teacher." [paraphased quote fromTKV Desikachar]

Such a fine reflective surface will not be found in the commentaries and books, nor discovered through translations. Patanjali's first sutra indicates that the yoga he is transmitting is a tradition that has been in existence long before the sutras were compiled. The transmission from a teacher who has had a transmission from a teacher is essential. Mere translation of words will not suffice for a sincere practitioner. Such could satisfy an intellectual, but not a yogi.