“The Yoga Sutra explains the dynamics of the mind, the binding and releasing forces, and how to attain mastery over them and thus become established in our self-luminous essential nature.” Secrets of the Yoga Sutra by Pandit Tigunait

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A few days ago I saw, to my great delight, that 8 Limbs will offer an abundance of events in the next few months that address a seminal text in the yoga library: The Yoga Sutra.

Compiled in approximately 300 BCE The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali are a collection of 196 carefully worded aphorisms, or sutra (which means stitch or thread) that weave together to form the fabric of yoga philosophy.

My first exposure to The Yoga Sutra, after just a year of practice, was a progression of aha’s and epiphanies, confirming all that was happening to my brain as a result of yoga asana. Yes, my mind, left to its own nature, revolves constantly. Yes, when I practice is revolves less, I can focus it more. And that’s the goal of yoga, not the ability to do splits or handstands.

If you practice yoga and have an inkling, a smidgen, or a wave of interest in the philosophy behind it, you will find what you seek and more in The Yoga Sutra.  The 8 Limbs are there, the five (yes only five) afflictions that cause all suffering are there, and a whole chapter on meditation is theJames_Boag_webre. Students in our Teacher Training programs overwhelmingly name this study as their favorite part of the 200-hour of trainings.

Join James Boag (pictured, August 27 & Sept 3), Pandit Rajmani Tigunait (Sept 3 and Jenny Hayo (Oct 8-Nov 12) to dive into what I promise will be a wonderful swim.

And speaking of Teacher Training, congratulations to the amazing Summer Intensive participants. They completed their exam and final teaching yesterday. What an achievement! Check out the fun photos they took on Facebook!

Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer

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