heyam duḥkam anāgatam. ~ Patañjali
The pains which are yet to come can be and are to be avoided.
transl. B.K.S. Iyengar
The problem of human suffering is at the heart of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras. In this session we will examine Patañjali’s view on suffering and its causes and how the practice of yoga can be part of its solution. In the course of this session, we will also look at some best practices for how to study the Yoga Sūtras and what tools are available for the student seeking a meaningful engagement with this text.
In this class we will cover the basic elements of prāṇāyāma including the practices known as ujjāyiī, viloma and bhrāmarī You will learn how to set up for supine and seated prāṇāyāma and will learn the tools needed to develop your own regular practice. Thirty minutes of each class will be dedicated to studying the philosophical underpinnings of prāṇāyāma as it relates to the yoga tradition. This class is suitable for students who have about a year's worth of study in Iyengar Yoga.
yoga mat, three blankets, yoga belt and two blocks. Head wrap and folding metal chair desirable but not necessary.
About Joy Laine:
Joy Laine became certified as an Iyengar yoga teacher in England in 1977 having trained with many well known teachers including B.K.S. Iyengar, Sylva Mehta and Maxine Tobias. Joy has been to India several times, including a nine month period of study at the Iyengar Institute in Pune 1982 and again for three months in 2003. Joy continues her studies with senior Iyengar teachers, including Kristin Chirhart and Chris Saudek. She currently holds an Intermediate Junior III Iyengar certification. Joy has a strong commitment to making yoga available to as many people in the community as possible and when not teaching yoga, joy teaches philosophy (including Indian Philosophies and the Philosophy of Mind) at Macalester College.