It’s that time of year again where you put away those shorts and shades and start dragging out the wool and down. It’s also the time of year that we begin the journey inward. The kids go back to school, the days grow shorter, the temperature drops lower and the period of contemplation and self-study crests the horizon.
For many of us this can be a truly hectic and difficult time period, trying to get everything secured and into place before the deluge of the holidays hits and we’re plunged back into another 9 months of winter. In other words, there never was a better time to reaffirm and deepen your commitment to yoga. While a regular asana practice can help keep the immune system healthy and strong and a regular meditation practice can reduce stress and bring mental clarity, why not go back to the foundation of it all and begin a philosophical study of yoga this Fall?
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a great way to begin this journey. Composed of a 196 aphorisms, the sutras lay out the path of yoga by examining what it means to be human and how you can create freedom from suffering through your practices. Which means that on the off chance that you’d like to make it gracefully through the holidays and navigate family, friends and co-workers with genuine warmth and compassion, this might just be the time for you to head back to school!
To guide your journey, I’ll be offering a once a month series on Yin and the Yoga Sutras. Each session we’ll practice asana in the passive style of Yin to deeply stretch the body and then explore the mind through a study of the 1st chapter of the Yoga Sutras.
If you’re at all curious about the system of yoga, please join us at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill for the next class on October 2 at 10:00 am. We’ll review the first 5 sutras to define yoga and move forward in the first chapter. Join us in this special study to focus the light for the years to come.
Posted by: Jen Yaros