Come Study Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with Anne-Marie Schultz
Ever wondered what sthira sukam asasam means? Or exactly what the yamas and niyamas are? Or even what OM means? Ever gotten the sense that there’s something deeper going on in a yoga class than alignment instructions, gentle stretching or sweating and flowing with breath and music? Or maybe you have an interest in the complex history of this ancient practice of self-care? If so, this workshop is for you!
In this three workshop series, Anne-Marie Schultz will lead participants through a discussion of the core ideas of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Most of you know Anne as one of the two Certified Iyengar Teachers here at the Castle, but in her secret life, Anne teaches ancient philosophy and interdisciplinary studies at Baylor University. She is director of Baylor’s Interdisciplinary Core program. In that capacity, she regularly teaches yoga and philosophy courses, along with courses in western philosophical thought as well. In fact, she’s recently published a book, Plato’s Socrates as Narrator: A Philosophical Muse, Lanham Lexington press 2013.
Anne also regularly attends yoga workshops with Patricia Walden a classical Iyengar yoga teacher where the Sutras are regularly discussed. Anne has been fortunate enough to study with the Indic Scholar Edwin Bryant author of The Hare Krishna Movement: The Post-Charismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant; on two occasions.
She’s delighted to share some of her knowledge about yoga philosophy with the Austin Yoga community. Each session will cover a different dimension of the Sutras. Each session is designed as a discrete unit of study.
Anne will mostly teach from Edwin Bryant’s excellent translation The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary, but participants can bring any copy of the Sutras with them to the workshop. Feel free to read before hand, but the lecture and discussion will not assume that you have done so.
August 11, 2-4pm, STUDIO
What is yoga? What are its aims and goals? Why is it so difficult to still the fluctuations of the mind (Chitta Vrittis)? How do we go about seeing our true nature?
· We will discuss Chapter 1 Sutras 1-33
September 22, 2-4pm, CHAKRAS
What are the components of yoga practice? Why does Patanjali call it Kriya yoga? How does karma yoga fit in with it all? How do we avoid future suffering?
· We will discuss Chapter 2 Sutras 5-16
November 24, 2-4pm, STUDIO
What is the eight-fold path? What are the yamas and niyamas? How do asana and pranayama fit into practice? What does it mean to practice the deeper limbs of yoga (withdrawal of the senses, concentration and meditation aka Pratyahara/dristi/ dhyai)? What is samadhi? And what happens after that?
· We will discuss Chapter 2 Sutras 29-53 and Chapter 3 Sutras 1-3.
$60 NON- members
$55 for members