Philosophy Subjects

T-Ph04. Abhyasa & Vairagya

Abhyasa and Vairagya describe the dual pathways of action and renunciation.  This subject is an introduction to the important role they play within practice and teaching. In the opening chapter of the Yoga Sutras Patanjali indicates Abhyasa/ Vairagya (Action and renunciation) as a practice for those who are supremely intense in their efforts. This subject …

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T-Ph20. What is Yoga

This subject asks – What is Yoga? It identifies that conjunction and dissociation are central to an understanding of why we practice. The following quote is taken from BKS Iyengar’s Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sutra 1:4. ‘When the seer identifies with consciousness or with the objects seen, he unites with them and forgets …

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T-Ph19. Remedial Assessment

Remedial Assessment, considers issues pertinent to running remedial classes. This subject also proposes an approach to dealing with injuries in the student body of a school. Iyengar notes: ‘Yoga is a universal subject.  As the physics and chemistry cannot change for Westerners or Easterners so also yoga cannot be changed.  All the rules, regulations, principles …

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T-Ph09. Vrttis and Klesas

The five afflictions which disturb the equilibrium of consciousness are: ignorance or lack of wisdom, ego, pride of the ego or the sense of ‘I’, attachment to pleasure, aversion to pain, fear of death and clinging to life. The fluctuations are known as vrttis: changes, movements, functions, operations, or conditions of action or conduct in …

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T-Ph08. Stages of Integration

BKS Iyengar writes ‘There are seven frontiers to be integrated between the Seen (prakrti) and the Seer (purusa). They are integration of – the body, the senses, energy, mind, intellect, consciousness and soul, each realising its own individual identity. Proficiency in yoga will bring this seven fold knowledge. According to Patanjali the seven states of …

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