Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Study Group with Hector Quiroz Jr.
This class meets Mondays 7:30pm, January 7, 14, 21 and 28.
The intention of this class is to create a sacred space for personal growth as we learn valuable principles for mindful living and put them into practice in our modern daily living.
As we study the Sutras we will have the opportunity to take a journey inward and get a deeper understanding of our individual practice of yoga on and off of our mats.
***This is a $10 cash drop in class.
Materials needed: Yoga mat, comfortable clothes, Patanjali Yoga Sutras book
Each week we will cover a portion of the Sutras. The study group will consist of sound healing meditation and light Hatha and/or Yin movement. Followed by open dialog and conversation on the sutras. We will share our thoughts as well as what we are discovering by the study and practice of the yoga sutras each week as a group.
More on the Sutras
What are the Yoga Sutras?
Yoga is so much more than asana. The sutras show us how to be our true selves and appreciate every moment even when life gets crazy. The Yoga Sutras can be your guide to living every moment after all the practice of yoga truly starts off of our yoga mats.
One of the greatest things Hector has learned from his teachers, is that the true value of yoga is found when we apply it to our daily life especially in those messy moments.
This ancient yogic text is traditionally presented as a guide for refining the mind so one can reach the highest states of concentration and focus. This focus is a means to an end: It leads to a clearer perception and the ability to know the Self, which ultimately results in independence from suffering. The 195 short verses are believed to have been compiled sometime around 350 CE by Patanjali, whom traditionalists also credit with writing texts on Ayurvedic medicine and Sanskrit grammar. Very little is known about the man Patanjali. In fact, it’s unclear whether Patanjali was an individual or simply a name created to represent several people. Yet while factual details about Patanjali are scant, the Yoga Sutra and its lessons are still with us today.
The 195 sutras are divided into four books, or padas, which cover four broad topics: what yoga is (samadhi pada); how to attain a state of yoga (sadhana pada); the benefits of yoga practice (vibhuti pada); and the freedom from suffering (kaivalya pada) that is the eventual goal or result of a consistent practice. The word sutra comes from the same root as “suture,” or thread—each concept is compact and discrete, but it can be woven together with others to present a full tapestry of meaning.
Composed of few words, each verse is rich with meaning and depth, so that the student can continue to gain new insights even after years of study. Every carefully chosen word has clear meanings and connotations, which is why the sutras are best learned from an acarya, or “one who travels the path”— an experienced teacher who can help you appreciate the layers of complexity in the text and apply their meaning to your life.