Unit 5: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

Students receive 50 credit hours every time they take or repeat this unit. If a student completes 500 hours of course work with us they will be awarded a 500 hour certificate.

When: July 7 – 16, 2020.

Venue: This unit will be hosted at the beautiful Land of Medicine Buddha, a retreat center in Soquel, California. USA

Room, board and tuition: $2510 double occupancy, $3125 single occupancy.

Registration:  If you would like to register for this course,  please contact with Margaret Hartman, our teaching training coordinator.

email Margaret for information about  Unit 5: Patanjali. July 7 – 16, 2020.

Prerequisites: Students must have completed Unit 1: Bones, Muscles, and Poses.

Required texts:

‘Yoga and the Luminous’ by Christopher Chapple

‘A Yogi’s Guide to Chakra Meditation’ by Paul Grilley.  ISBN 978-1-7335839-0-9

Course description: This unit is a study of the ancient text referred to as “Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras”. It was Patanjali who first organized the many various yoga practices into eight limbs, from ethical behavior to the deepest states of meditative absorption. We will put into practice the system Patanjali develops, including asana, pranayama, and meditation.

We can practice yoga techniques without a theory but our enthusiasm might lapse as the years go by because the process of mental purification can be frustratingly slow. A mature intellectual conviction can sustain us through the inevitable ups and downs of our spiritual life. Intellectual conviction develops from an honest effort to understand what we are doing and why we are doing it.

We approach the Yoga Sutras on four levels:

  1. We chant key sutras in sanskrit.
  2. We read all of the sutras in English.
  3. We outline in detail the metaphysics of Patanjali’s system.
  4. We practice pranayama and meditation in the framework discussed by Patanjali.