Philosophy Subjects

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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T-Ph06. Evolution & Involution

‘If we want to experience heaven on earth, we have to grasp the qualities of nature, the gunas, that is to say the polarity of rajas and tamas, the eternal pulse of nature between movement and stillness, and the higher balancing state of sattva.  Nature has degrees of subtlety.’ BKS Iyengar, Light on Yoga Sutras …

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