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Sutra Studies Overview
The Sutra Studies Series (you can access all posts in the series here) is my experiential interpretation and spiritual analysis of the foundational Yogic text, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (you can read the Sutras here), 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 in a four-chapter text that has been translated by numerous individuals and scholars from different counties throughout time and history.
As a Yoga-Meditation 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 unique inner journey and attaining the state of Self-Realization that paves the way for spiritual liberation, which is the aim and goal of a full/integrated Yoga practice, when understood.
For the 77 weeks Series, I invite my students to dive deeply into the exploration of individual and grouped Sutras to gain greater wisdom and understanding for shaping successful and meaningful practices on their individual Eightfold Paths. 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 for spiritual liberation.
Because I know that commitment to seek something beyond the superficial/material is required to honestly walk this path, and I value this work and the teachings that it uncovers in True Seeker, 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 all Sutra Studies articles and advanced resources starting in Week 21 (Sutra 27) of our Studies (although Free Spirit Members can preview all 77 weeks of lessons, and select posts are made available for public viewing long the way). Free Spirit Members will have full access to all Premium Reflections/Podcast Episodes.
What You Need To Know, Have, And Remember
This Learning And Development Portal (website) is designed to serve as an enrichening space in which you can practice sharpening and honing your skills as a Joyful Creator as you journey forward on your own unique and individual Eightfold Path.
This space is here to hold you accountable for doing the work that is needed to move you closer to your highest Self-expression, purpose, and goal of Liberation each day. It is here to support you with honoring your path (through Satsang) as a service to our collective oneness.
We have a points system for completing tasks and courses, but 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 for yourself at all as your own personal progress guide.
My main suggestion is that you simply enjoy your Yoga-Meditation (and healing) journey since the journey to Self 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/reflect
- A meditation cushion or a comfy place to sit and concentrate (especially 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 any 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, group activities, or this space in general)
How The 77 Weeks Series Is Structured
Each week (the original series ran from November 2020-May 2022 for your full frame of reference), we focus 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
The week will conclude with a story or discussion (posted on the What Are You Creating Today? podcast). On reflection day, you will take some time to sit with and savor your insights/learnings before transitioning to the next sutra(s) that will be explored for the upcoming week.