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Yoga is the restraint of fluctuations in consciousness then the seer (self) abides in essencePātañjala Yoga Sūtra

  • 03/18/2019 05:30 pm
    03/18/2019 05:30 pm

    Haṭha yoga

    Preliminary exercises, asana, pranayama, meditation and deep relaxation.
    my_location The Forge Yoga Centre, Totnes access_time 17:30 - 19:00

    Haṭha yoga

    An invigorating and replenishing physical yoga class, integrating key techniques of Haṭha yoga and informed by the experiential philosophy of Patañjali’s yoga sūtra.
    All welcome.
    The Forge Yoga Centre, Totnes
    £8 drop-in or £35 for five class card (valid for three months)
  • 03/19/2019 07:30 pm
    03/19/2019 07:30 pm

    Haṭha Yoga

    Preliminary exercises, asana, pranayama, meditation and deep relaxation.
    my_location The Forge Yoga Centre, Totnes access_time 19:30 - 21:00

    Haṭha yoga

    A replenishing physical yoga class, integrating key techniques of Haṭha yoga. This late class concludes with calming pranayama exercises and a deep relaxation. All welcome.

    The Forge Yoga Centre, Totnes
    £8 drop-in or £35 for five class card (valid for three months)
  • 03/21/2019 07:30 pm
    03/21/2019 07:30 pm

    Haṭha yoga

    Dynamic haṭha yoga exploring themes of classical yoga from Patañjali’s yoga sūtra.
    my_location Derekthedog yoga centre, Exeter access_time 19:30 - 21:00
    An invigorating and replenishing physical yoga class, integrating key techniques of Haṭha yoga and informed by the experiential philosophy of Patañjali’s yoga sūtra. All welcome.

    Derekthedog Yoga Centre, Exeter
    £9 drop-in + packages and membership offers available:
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Stilling the mind

Approximately 2500 years ago, an Indian sage named Patañjali composed The Yoga Sūtra. The word Sūtra can be translated as 'thread' and the Yoga Sūtra comprises a series of 196 aphorisms: short, compacted verses rich in meaning.

Patañjali identifies yoga as the 'stilling of the waves in the mind,' and the subsequent experience of abiding in one's 'essential nature.'

Patañjali's approach has much in common with the dualism of 'sāṃkhya' philosophy in which reality is described as 'puruṣa' - source consciousness, having an experience of 'prakṛti' - matter. The puruṣa has forgotten itself and has identified with prakṛti. Our busy minds, bodies, and lives in the material world are manifestations of prakṛti, and as such, subject to range of external influences . The practice of yoga is a process by which puruṣa - source consciousness disentangles itself from the web of prakṛti and re-identifies and abides in essence.

When puruṣa consistently rests in itself this state is known as 'samādhi'. Patañjali offers two methods by which to calm the mind and to create the right conditions for an experience of samādhi to arise: 'kriyā-yoga' - the yoga of action; and 'aṣṭâñga yoga', - the yoga of eight limbs.
  • 1 - YAMA Restraint

    Yama - Restraint

    Ahimsa - non-violence
    Satya - truth
    Asteya - non-stealing
    Brahmacharya - sexual continence
    Aparigraha - non-acquisitveness
  • 2 - NIYAMA Observance

    Niyama - Self observance

    Saucha - cleanliness
    Santosha - contentment
    Tapas - austerity/discipline
    Svadhyaya - continual learning
    Iswara pranidhana - surrender to the highest
  • 3 - ĀSANA Seated Posture

    Āsana - Posture

    II.46 Asana is a steady comfortable posture.

    II.47 By lessening the natural tendency for restlessness and by meditating on the infinite, posture is mastered.

    II.48 Thereafter, one is undisturbed by dualities.

  • 4 - PRĀṆĀYĀMA Breath regulation

    Breath regulation

    II.49 With posture acquired, the movement of inhalation and exhalation should be controlled. This is pranayama.

    II.52 As a result, the veil over the inner light is destroyed.

    II.53 And the mind becomes fit for concentration.'
  • 5 - PRATYĀHĀRA Sense withdrawl

    Pratyahara - Sense withdrawal

    II.54 When the senses withdraw themselves from the object and imitate, as it were, the nature of the mind-stuff, this is pratyahara.

    II.55 Then follows supreme mastery over the senses.
  • 6 - DHĀRAṆĀ Focus

    Dharana - Concentration

    III.1 Dharana is fixing the the mind to one place, object or idea.
  • 7 - DHYĀNA Absorption

    Dhyana - Meditation

    III.2 When awareness flows evenly towards the point of attention, this is known as Dhyana.
  • 8 - SAMĀDHI Clear Perception

    Samadhi - Clear perception

    III.3 Samadhi is that condition of illumination, where union disappears, only the meaning of the object on which the attention is fixed is present.