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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Together, we unravel The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the treasure text of the yoga tradition. Patanjali's text distills and encodes a vast body of practical teachings into a concise and thorough form and provides a frame of reference for a skillful, ongoing inquiry. James Boag infuses our study with the movement, breath, meditation and practices of Hatha Yoga and singing of Bhakti Yoga so we may more easily integrate and harmonize these teachings into our daily lives.

Season 1 - Start Where You Are

We begin to unravel the treasure of Patanjali's Sutras. In Season 1, James shares sounding practices, chants, and songs to honor the start of our practice together. We explore Sutras 1.1-1.11.

Season 2 - Practice Wholeness

In Season 2, we investigate Sutras 1.12-1.16. In these sutras, we begin to explore the yoga practice as defined by Patanjali. Yoga practice is the long-term, wholehearted, and a dedicated effort towards steadiness.

Season 3 - Your Attention, Please

In Season 3, James unpacks Sutras 1.17-1.22. In these sutras, Patanjali begins to look at the different types of samadhi—how they work, how we can use techniques to center ourselves, and finally how we can work on resolving conditioned patterns that are no longer serving us. If we are intent then deep integration or samadhi sits very close.

Season 4 - Yogic Movement: Don't Just Sit There!

In Season 4, James shares talks, tutorials, and Hatha yoga practices to encourage us to move in a safe way that nourishes us and keeps the energy flowing freely in the body.

Season 5 - Yoga and the Supreme

To deepen our relationship with the text, James starts Season 5 with a recap of what we've covered thus far. He then goes on to unpack Sutras 1.23-1.29 where we explore devotion to God or the Supreme.

Season 6 - Obstacles and Opportunities

We look at Sutras 1.30-1.32. On this yogic path, it is normal to experience obstacles. Patanjali, as translated by James, lays out the types of obstacles that we will encounter along the path, their accompaniments, and the ways in which we can work with them.

Season 7 - Be in Relationship

In Season 7, James unpacks Sutras 1.33-1.39. We begin to look at the the principles that are considered essential to practice, as well as other techniques and meditations to assist us in coming to a steady, centered awareness. James guides us in two meditations to begin to apply the teachings.

Season 8 - Now That We Are Clear

In Season 8 we move into the final sutras of Chapter 1: Sutras 1.40-1.51, where we examine the subtle mechanisms of yogic mastery. We finish with a beautiful song to honor our time together.

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