For most people the word “yoga” brings to mind the commonly practiced poses that help in improving physical fitness and sometimes a means to stress management. There is growing awareness that yoga can be effectively used as therapy in treating a variety of ailments, including hypertension, diabetes, heart conditions etc. Those who have been practicing yoga for a while can attest to the physical and physiological benefits that the practice brings.
However, most people are not aware of the true meaning and purpose of yoga which is “the ability to control the fluctuations of the mind”. This brief and succinct definition was provided to us by Sage Patanjali more than three thousand years ago in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali has provided a very scientific and practical exposition of the philosophy and practice of yoga. One very important section of the book describes what is commonly called “ashtanga yoga” or the Eight Limbs of Yoga which provides practical guidelines for achieving the goal of yoga, i.e., controlling the mind.
This introduction to Yoga Philosophy class will cover the basics of these Eight Limbs of Yoga, while the educating the student on how to develop a fully integrated practice of yoga and achieve the final objectives of yoga by including all eight limbs into their practice in some form.
This class is 90 minutes long and the same price as a regular drop in class, $15. Students with class passes may use them for this class as well. Please reserve a spot ahead, reserve a drop-in for this date, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in reserving a spot.