Yoga Sutras Course – The Gift of Consciousness: An International 4-Module Course on the Yoga Sutras in Study and Practice, with Gitte Bechsgaard & Gloria Goldberg
Modules 3 and 4 of The Gift of Consciousness are postponed until 2021 when we can gather in person with Gitte Bechsgaard and Gloria Goldberg. Dates to be confirmed.
In place of Module 3, Gitte and Gloria are offering a five-day virtual workshop on the same dates they planned to be in Portland, September 18 – 22, 2020. Gitte will offer teachings based on what she feels are most needed at this time and teachings that are most conducive to being taught over Zoom. The title of this workshop is: The Integrated Path of Kriya Yoga and Iyengar Yoga Sadhana. It will include 90 minute of lecture and chanting and 90 minutes of asana practice. You can read details and register here:
Jewel Yoga will receive part of the income from this workshop, and we welcome your support.
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Patanjali’s aphorisms, known as the Yoga Sutras, offer a profound insight on a wide range of contemporary questions and concerns such as the search for meaning, the role of Yoga and spiritual practice (sadhana) in daily life, and the potential of human consciousness.
This 4-module course covers, in depth, “practice-relevant” material from the Yoga Sutras. Teachings emphasize a firm foundation in the philosophical and psycho-spiritual aspects of Yoga as laid out in Samadhi Pada (Book One of the Yoga Sutras) and in The Gift of Consciousness.
Module 1: Fundamentals of Yoga and Yogic Psychology
In this first Yoga intensive, we will examine the model of the mind that Patanjali provides in the first chapter of the Yoga Sutras. Along the way, we will explore the concept of Yoga as both the essential means and ultimate destination of the inner journey. The Vedic theory of the three essential modes of nature (tamas, rajas, and sattva), as well as the fundamental tenets of Yogic psychology will be discussed.
Module 2 : Cultivation and Yogic Practice
Yogic practice is traditionally viewed as a life-long endeavor. It is an inner pilgrimage of the soul. Through practice we can come to realize our inner potential, for without cultivation, self-betterment remains an abstraction. Practice is a catalyst that brings embodied transformation to life, turning ancient knowledge into lived wisdom.
Module 3 : Intensification and Contemplative Practice
In this 3rd module, we will explore the main contemplative practices described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. As a group, these meditative techniques are referred to as the citta parikarma practices. This term encompasses a wide range of inward-minded practices all of which hold the power to calm the mind and clarify consciousness.
Module 4 : Yoga as Mystical Trance: Cultivating Meditation
According to Patanjali, Yoga embraces a wide range of meditative states. All of these fall under the umbrella term of samyama. These states of super-conscoiusness are primarily characterized by the gradual stilling of the mind through the meditative trinity of dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (meditative absorption). When meditative practice intensifies, the seeker experiences a break-through of the intuitive, the sacred, and the mystical into their otherwise everyday, conditioned consciousness.