Philosophy Subjects

T-Ph23. The Conscious Pause

In his book The Tree of Yoga, BKS Iyengar makes the following statement: ‘There are three transformations which take place in medi­tation. At the very beginning of his Yoga Sutras, Patanjali says that stillness of the mind is yoga. Later, he says that when a person is trying to still the mind, there is an opposition which …

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T-Ph01. Iyengar & Patanjali

Introduction This subject considers Iyengar’s relationship to classical Yoga as outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras In his “message for the 70th birthday” Iyengar says, “What I do is pure, authentic, traditional Yoga.” What he means by pure, authentic, traditional Yoga he explains in the same speech, as follows: “The Yoga I teach is purely Astanga Yoga, known …

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T-Ph04. Abhyasa and Vairagya

Abhyasa and Vairagya describe the dual pathways of action and renunciation.  This subject examines the important role they play within practice and teaching. In the Yoga Sutras Patanjali gives the 2 general means of practice. In the opening chapter he indicates Abhyasa/ Vairagya (Action and renunciation) for those who are supremely intense in their efforts …

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T-Ph03 Kiyayoga

The practice of Kriyayoga is given by Patanjali in the second chapter for students of moderate means. This practical approach helps us transcend our volatile nature and enter the present moment through practice. Kriyayoga is made up of application (Tapas), self-study (Swadhyaya) and surrender (Isvara Pranidhana). This subject explores the Kriya and its significance within …

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