The Yoga Sutras: a weekend workshop

Sutra 1
Sutra 1

Some of you may know that I'm working on completing my 500 hour yoga teacher training.  If all goes well it will be done by the end of this year.  Hopefully sooner if the module I need is offered sooner than December of 2014 (fingers Crossed).  I only have one module left.  I'm doing this advanced training for 3 reasons, a) I love studying yoga b) workshops refresh my teaching c) once my 500 hours is completed GCY can have a teacher training program of its own.    Of course I wouldn't let my learning stop there.  I have plans for taking more workshops on the classics of yoga.

This weekend I was studying the yoga sutra's.  Have you ever heard the expression "The more I learn the less I know"?  That is how I feel.  Any time I study a sacred text like the yoga sutras I always feel like I'm just skimming the surface.  Maybe that's why yoga never gets boring to me.  There is too much to learn.  I remember completing my first 200 hour teacher training program and feeling like I knew less than when I'd started.  That wasn't true of course and the ACY had thoroughly prepared me for teaching, but I learned just how much there is to learn in the world of yoga.  We are all truly always students.

Sutra 2
Sutra 2

Yoga is not just asana, postures.

Yoga is according to Michael Johnson's translation of sutra 1.2 ...

"Wholeness is experienced by restraining consciousness from mental separation".

I've also heard this by Chip Hartant of sutra 1.2 ...

"Yoga is to still the patterning of consciousness"

yoga in all of its various forms is designed to help us still the mind junk and experience wholeness, union, yoking, oneness.  This is what yoga does at it's very best.  This is what I try to share with my students.

Luckily for my yogi's I learned a lot this weekend, not just about the sutra's, but also about teaching, and about teaching a slightly harder class.

My main take aways from this weekend - My knowledge of the classical text of yoga is only a sliver and I have so much more to learn (always good to be reminded) - I'm re-committing to my personal yoga and meditation practice with a new zeal - I really should take more workshops like this, they fill me up with inspiration

Sutra 3
Sutra 3