Practical Applications of the Yoga Sutras – A course for experienced meditators (for graduates of Foundations of Meditation or other relevant course work).

Course Description:

In this course we will explore the Yoga Sutras – the most comprehensive exposition of the ancient philosophy of yoga.  How we can use this ancient text to influence our modern lives?   We will explore what the Sutra’s say about attachment and aversion, discuss the 8 Limbs of Yoga, discuss the Yama and Niyama’s, and  the concept of Samadhi and dharma. Each class will have a lecture and a twenty minute meditation.

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So here we are back in January. Our intentions are pure, our determination is strong and our resolutions need to be REALISTIC. What is it that we want out of 2012 and how can we establish a plan that will insure our success rather than set us up once again for failure? We all enter January with resolve and clear intentions of what we want to achieve, but do we design a plan that supports those ideas? Are those ideas realistic given our starting point? Just last week I celebrated my birthday with a day trip to Kripalu with Cheryl. We spent that day learning, meditating and doing Vigorous Kripalu yoga. Days later my abs are still sore and my mind is still thinking about what we learned. One of our seminars focused on how to keep the Kripalu feeling in our everyday lives. It’s easy to feel terrific and eat well when you are on a retreat, but how do we come up with a plan to do this when we are back “in the real world.” We discussed the Sanskrit word Sankalpa which is our “will, purpose or determination.” When you make a sankalpa you set an intention with a yogic twist. As opposed to a resolution, a sankalpa involves consciously understanding what’s behind something rather than focusing on the negative aspects of something (like losing 10 pounds, not yelling at the kids, etc.). Sankalpa focuses on your “being” rather on your “doing” and the greater personal meaning behind what you are working towards. What is it that you really want in the core of your being? So rather than setting a resolution this year, let’s design a Sankalpa that involves “Right Action”. Let’s make a plan that is SMART, (specific, measurable, accountable, realistic and timbebound). Let’s revisit it in a week, assess it, tweak it, and recommit to it. Let’s be realistic that relapses will happen. I may have already had one relapse (day 2 ugh) …when I heard myself shouting at my overtired child tonight. It should all be a fluid plan that can be changed and involve treating yourself with compassion. There is no failure. As long as there is intention the Prana (energy) will follow. Here is a quote to keep in mind while you are working on your Sankalpa and your SMART plan. “Whether you’ve broken the vow 100 times come back the door is always open.”-Rumi

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