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Complete Patanjali Yoga Sutra Collection:

13 Discourses

Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credit (19 hours)

 

While the techniques of Yoga are well expounded upon in the West, little guidance has been offered to integrate these practices with our emotions and psychology. Traditionally, the Patañjali Yoga Sūtra is recognized as the definitive guide, offering perennial wisdom in navigating life’s challenges through the cultivation of viveka khyāti, discriminating wisdom. In The Yogī’s Roadmap, Bhāvani Maki offers unique, contemporary insights into the Yoga Sūtra, revealing that deep, personal inquiry is both the means and the experience, of embodying our true spiritual awakening.
 

Yoga Sutra I: PYS I:1-2
Path of Mystical Embodiment 


The Yoga Sutra open new worlds of insight to move beyond belief systems into the direct experience of spirituality, & the unfolding of one’s unique & authentic Self. This discussion explores the progenitors of Yoga, Patanajli’s incarnation & lineage, the different calibers of student, & Yoga as a path of embodiment.

Yoga Sutra II: PYS I:1-4
Navigating Consciousness


The Sutra provide a map of the potentials of consciousness in how to navigate healthy ego, boundaries, & relationships. As well as providing a system of skillful self-care, Yoga extends to the larger organism of cultural & community evolution. The Sutra explain the step-by-step process of how to live an awakened life, & experience fulfillment through service.

Yoga Sutra III: PYS I:5-9
Right Knowledge, Erroneous Understanding, and Imagination


All thoughts & emotions are a combination of 2 categories of 5 vrrti each. Once able to discern the 5 thought processes, we no longer over-identify with them, & develop the crowning jewel of Viveka Khyati, discriminating wisdom. An exploration of the attributes of correct knowledge, erroneous knowledge, & imagination.

Yoga Sutra IV: PYS I:10
Nidra,
The Navigation of Consciousness into Wakefulness

The process of falling asleep opens a window into navigating the different brainwave states, and accessing deep levels of the unconscious and super-conscious. Yoga is ultimately a process of waking up in which we extract the nectar from that which we have been asleep to, and awaken our dormant potential.

Yoga Sutra V: PYS I:11
Smrti: Remembering Our Oneness


True presence allows us to move beyond thinking into feeling. Yoga practices act to penetrate layers of density & open us into a state of tenderness in which we clear the heart, & cherish the gift of life. A discussion of how we release in the poses to remember that which our hearts have always known, but our minds have simply forgotten.

Yoga Sutra VI: PYS II:3
The Klesha, or 5 Disturbances


Yogik practices serve to peel us back into an open state of expanded awareness in which we realize the true gems of life. A review of Nidra, sleep, an exploration of the seemingly painful states of mind, along with how we discover the original blueprint of well being encoded within.

Yoga Sutra VII: PYS I:30

Antaraya: Nine Rites of Passage


Yoga is described as a process of involution, in which we trace our roots back to the origin of the Supreme. The spiritual path is rife with challenges that are often mistaken as obstacles. When we appreciate crises as pulling out the best of what we have to offer, we proactively strengthen our personality and character.


 

Yoga Sutra VIII: PYS I:20, I:31, II:16
The Yogik Vitamins


Yoga is an alchemical process in which we transform negativity into positive growth. The accompanying symptoms of the nine Antaraya (challenges) offer a means of diagnosis in how to navigate towards improved well being. We are advised to administer the “Yogik Vitamins”, or positive attributes, in a daily dose as a counter measure to remedy affliction.

Yoga Sutra IX: PYS II:31, II:35, II:36
Karma, Dharma and Yama


Yoga is a process of burning future Karma, which refers to how we respond.The leverage of Karma is Dharma, our unique gifts to the world. The Hatha Yogi utilizes long asana holds as they penetrate the psyche more profoundly than shorter holds, which tend to be more physical. A discussion wheel of Karma, and the stages of Vairagya, detachment.

Sutra Talk X: PYS II:37-39

Yama: The Great Vows 


Continued exploration of the last three Yama, and the Siddhi (supranormal powers) they confer. Discussion of the potency of sexual energy and Tantra Yoga, as well as the Kosha, energy sheaths. Yoga is realized in adhering to any one of the five Yama, or Great Vows.

Sutra Talk XI: PYS II:32
Niyama: The Personal Observances


Yoga contends that the mind & body are inseparable, & to remain discerning as to what input we receive, as consciousness is highly impressionable. The Niyama are the personal standards to uphold the purity of Self as sacred. Discussion of the distinctions between detachment & indifference, the nature of suffering & our capacity to generate love.

Sutra Talk XII: How Yoga Works

The Yogik story of the ocean of milk, is a metaphor to describe how Yoga churns latent tendencies to the surface to be analyzed, & neutralized. Yoga teaches the importance of utilizing both the shadow & light side of our psyche to unravel where we are bound up, to cultivate freedom both within & without. True Self knowledge transforms the intellect into spontaneous intuition.

Sutra Talk XIII: PYS II:46-48
Asana & Posture of the Mind


Yogik posture, includes the attitudes we carry, & the art of reconciliation with life's inevitable discomforts. Asana develops our nervine strength, & the art of awareness. As we explore Yoga as a path of self-care, we are healed, & learn to become healers in our own right. Our focus then naturally rotates from egocentricity to Seva (service) & the consecration of all life as sacred.

The Samadhi Pada

Traditional call-and-response chanting of the first chapter of the Patanjali Yoga Sutra with English translation describing the aims of Yoga.


At the bequests of their students, Rama and Bhavani recorded the first chapter of the PatanjalI Yoga Sutra on the island of Kauai, as an offering from the heart in the yogic tradition of Parampara, the teacher-to-student lineage of transmission.

Excellent for study, practice and meditation.

The Sadhana Pada

 

Traditional call-and-response chanting of the second chapter of the Patanjali Yoga Sutra with English translation describing the practices of Yoga.

 

At the bequests of their students, Rama and Bhavani recorded the second chapter of the PatanjalI Yoga Sutra on the island of Kauai, as an offering from the heart in the yogic tradition of Parampara, the teacher-to-student lineage of transmission.

Excellent for study, practice and meditation.

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