Yoga Sutra Immersion with Ramana Erickson
Did you know that “Yoga” is not just asanas and pranayama, but is in fact, one of the six major philosophies of Ancient India?
Many of you reading this now probably have a deep and fulfilling Hatha Yoga practice or are teachers of Hatha Yoga. It is a wonderful thing you are doing, and I commend you on your efforts. What you may not be aware of, is that the asanas and pranayama that comprise Hatha Yoga are only a small (but significant) part of the totality that is the philosophy and practice known as Yoga.
I’d like to invite you now to join us at Yoga Mountain Studio either in person or online to plunge into the depths of Yoga philosophy. The Yoga Sutra immersion with Ramana Erickson will start on Wednesday, February 28th 11:15 – 12:45, and continue every Monday and Wednesday thereafter until March 19th (six sessions).
What is the definition of Yoga?
Probably the most famous definition is that Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj” which means to “unite.” But unite what? That’s the million-dollar question! Throughout history, saints and sages have defined Yoga in different ways. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna takes Yoga from various angles and defines it accordingly. In fact, each of the 18 Chapters of the Gita defines a different “flavor” of Yoga.
Hence the chapter titles are each named as a different Yoga – Sankhya Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Abhyasa Yoga etc. And within the chapters, Krishna comes up with various definitions of Yoga. In Chapter Two he states: “Yogaha Karmasu Kaushalam” – “Yoga is skill in action.” In other sections he states that Yoga is meeting all that comes to us in life with an equanimous mind.
But it is with Patanjali’s systematic, scientific approach to Yoga that we see it defined in its deepest, simplest, and profoundest sense. The Yoga Sutras are a user guide for the Yogini or Yogi to navigate the inner world, to dive deep within the core of one’s essential and fundamental nature. Each short sutra is densely packed with layers and levels of meaning. As each sutra is unpacked, the vastness and beauty that is the philosophy and practice of Yoga is revealed.
Deepening your understanding of this ancient and beautiful Yoga philosophy and practice will benefit your own practice immensely, bringing new insight and awareness. You will look at Yoga with a new set of eyes! If you are a Yoga teacher, going deeply into the philosophy of Yoga will add a depth and profundity to your teaching that was not there before.
I look forward to exploring this inner journey of Self-revelation with you in this Yoga Sutra Immersion!
Yoga Sutra Immersion – Wednesday, February 28, 11:15 – 12:45
Monday, March 5, 11:15 – 12:45
Wednesday, March 7, 11:15 – 12:45
Monday, March 12, 11:15 – 12:45
Wednesday, March 14, 11:15 – 12:45
Monday, March 19, 11:15 – 12:45
Space at Yoga Mountain is very limited, so be sure to Sign up right away if you want to attend this immersion in person. It will also be offered live-streamed online, and each session will be recorded so that they can be reviewed at any time. Sign up – Online Sutra Immersion here for to attend live stream.