Yoga Sutra Online Course (6 weeks in-depth training)

Thursday, 08. April – Thursday, 13. May
(in English)

If you book this course you can watch all the remaining sessions live and get access to the recordings of all sessions.

Watch the opening class for free here: watch session 1/6

This 6-week yoga sutra online course allows you to understand the meaning of the Yoga Sutra as the guide for all Yoga practices and traditions. Diving deeply into the original Sanskrit is a must for all yoga enhtusiasts!

What is the meaning of Yoga, and what is the purpose of practicing it? How do I correctly practice asana, pranayama and samadhi? These ancient questions have been answered about two thousand years ago in Patañjali’s ultimate manual of Yoga. The legendary “Yoga Sūtra” is the lighthouse and map of our Yoga practice, the jungle healer leading us out of the darkness of frustration to the light.

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Pricing and Registration

Last Minute: 50€ for all six sessions (regular price: 70€) including access to the recordings.

Cost for all sessions (6): 

70€

Price of all sessions:  70€ 70€

All sessions will be recorded. Participants can get a personal link to the recordings upon request.

Workshop contents

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Workshop Details

What is the meaning of Yoga, and what is the purpose of practicing it? How do I correctly practice asana, pranayama and samadhi? These ancient questions have been answered about two thousand years ago in Patañjali’s ultimate manual of Yoga. The legendary “Yoga Sūtra” is the lighthouse and map of our Yoga practice, the jungle healer leading us out of the darkness of frustration to the light. Welcome to the Yoga Sūtra, – atha yogānuśāsanam. This 6-week workshop is a starting point for seeing the world from an entirely different perspective. We will translate the original Sanskrit text into our individual context and language without losing its precision. A growing base of key Sanskrit terms and grammar will allow you to understand the linking between all verses and the composition of all four chapters. Bit by bit confusion dissolves and you begin to feel the text, rather than knowing about it. Diving into the text and forming your mind along the structure and teachings of Yoga Sūtra is Yoga practice. Grischa founded Aṣṭāṅga Yoga Berlin in 2004 and has been teaching Aṣṭāṅga Vinyāsa Mysore Style Yoga for 20 years. He analyzed various translations of Yoga Sūtra, the Bhagavad Gita and other text and studied with Richard Freeman and other teachers of Yoga philosophy. His teaching of Yoga Sūtra is straight forward, logical and based on the original Sanskrit text. Unprovable esoteric opinion and other wishful thinking make the text useless. Look forward for letting go of frustration with inconsistent translations that you may have encountered. Yoga Sūtra is a brilliantly constructed masterpiece and a trip at the same time. Reading assignment Please take your time and read through the first, the second and the beginning of the third chapter of the Yoga Sūtra before the training. You can use any translation, for example Chip Hartranft’s free pdf. In the course we will be using Grischa’s own translation that you will get when the course begins. https://www.arlingtoncenter.org/Sanskrit-English.pdf Try to get the an idea of the overall structure and the composition of the text rather than trying to understand the details. Please try to stick to the translation of the verses only. Most commentaries will rather confuse you as they normally have no practical relevance. Topics covered

  • The goal of Yoga
  • Yoga, citta, kliṣṭa, akliṣṭa vṛtti-s and nirodhaḥ
  • Understanding the path of nirodhaḥ
  • Vitarka, vicāra, ānanda, asmitā, piercing through all layers of ignorance
  • The types Samādhi and their meaning
  • Sādhana, the practical path towards Samādhi
  • Iśvara Pranidhāna, the shortcut of the wise
  • Why is everything unreal that we believe is real and vice versa? Avidya!
  • How the kleśas ruin your life and how uprooting them will end all suffering
  • Vivekakhyāti and the meaning of the mysterious seven levels (saptabhūmi)
  • The purpose, importance and methodology of the eight layers of yogic transformation
  • Mahāvratam – the difference between yoga and hypocrisy
  • Samādhi and the meaning of Śunya – emptiness is all
  • Samyāma – the universal yogic reality discovery tool for all layers of existence
  • Concentration and seeing through the known
  • Kaivalya, absolute freedom from conditioning
PLUS: Learn how to study Yoga Sūtra like a pro!
  • pronunciation, meaning and ingenuity of the Sanskrit language
  • 20-30 prefixes and suffixes that will save your life
  • What are we talking about? How to recognize most important grammatical cases used in the Yoga Sutra