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Sutra Studies Overview
This Sutra Studies Series is my experiential/spiritual interpretation and analysis of the foundational Yogic text, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which documents ancient teachings of Yoga Sciences that began over 3000-4000 years ago in India. The sage Patanjali, who is estimated to have lived between 400 BCE to 200 AD, documented these teachings into a four-chapter text that has been translated by numerous individuals and scholars from different counties throughout time and history.
As a Yoga Teacher, I strongly believe that this text (which is composed of 196 Sutras, translated into English as the word “threads,” and distilled in the form of short aphorisms) is a text that all Yogis are best served using as a guide for effectively walking their Eightfold Path and attaining the state of Self-Realization that is the aim and goal of Yoga practice.
So, every week, I invite my students to dive deeply into the exploration of individual Sutras to gain greater wisdom and understanding for shaping successful and meaningful practices on their individual Eightfold journeys. I translate Yogic theories and wisdom into practical knowledge, information, and applicable steps, that students can use to integrate ancient wisdom into their current lives.
Only Student Subscribers (those who are committed to holding themselves accountable for staying on track with their practice for its maximum benefits) can gain access to the full Sutra Study articles and advanced resources starting In Week 21 (Sutra 27) of our Studies. But, if you would like a preview of the series, please note that Sutras 1-26 (Weeks 2-20) are freely available to all site visitors, and the general overview for all Sutra Studies posts are available to Free Spirit Members (who also have full access to all Premium Reflections/Podcast Episodes).
You can join the Study Group by signing up to become a Student Subscriber for the full benefits of gaining access to advanced resources and support on your Yoga journey, become a Free Spirit Member to access all overviews and reflections, or you can participate in the studies at the completely uncommitted level by reading weeks 2-20 of the series.
What You Need To Know, Have, And Remember
This website is designed to serve as an enrichening space in which we can practice sharpening and honing our skills as Joyful Creators as we journey forward on our own unique and individual Eightfold Paths.
This space is here to hold you accountable for doing the work that is needed in order to move closer toward your highest self-expression, purpose, and goals each day, and to continue honoring this path (through Satsang) even after your goals are attained as a service to our collective oneness.
The most important points system here is the one that you create for yourself, so please be sure to create something good if you create a points system at all.
My main suggestion is that you simply enjoy your Yoga, Meditation, and healing journey since it is a “reward” in and of itself.
What You Will Need In Order To Participate
- Willingness to do the work
- A quiet, distraction-free, space in which to practice
- A meditation cushion or a comfy place to sit and reflect (if you participate in our meditation practice)
- Yoga equipment: mat (or comfortable rug), 1 or more towel(s) or blanket(s), yoga blocks and resistance bands, comfortable movement inducting clothing, plus any other tools of your choice (if you participate in our physical practice/classes)
- A journal and/or sketchbook (optional but highly recommended)
- Non-judgment of yourself (and others if you participate in our classes, discussions, or group activities)
How The Series Is Structured
Each week, we will start our practice by focusing on one, or a group of, Sutra(s) in the following ways:
Step 1: Topic Announcement
Each week, a topic/focus (Sutra) is announced. You will review the topic and read through the accompanying post to become familiar with the week’s prompt/assignment.
Step 2: Topic Meditation And Practice
On your own throughout the week, you will take some time to meditate on, and to practice, the prompt/reflection question presented in our topic/announcement post. You can then check in periodically for any additional nudges of inspiration that are shared throughout the week in order to keep you on task. You are also highly encouraged to participate in any accompanying classes, meetings, or meditations that surround our topic/practice for the week.
Step 3: Topic Reflection
Our week will conclude with a story or discussion (posted on the What Are You Creating Today? podcast). On reflection day, we will take some time to sit with and savor our insights/learnings before transitioning to the new topic that will be announced for the upcoming week.