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T-Ph20. What is Yoga

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This subject asks – What is Yoga? It identifies that conjunction and dissociation are central to an understanding of why we practice.

‘When the seer identifies with consciousness or with the objects seen, he unites with them and forgets his grandeur. The natural tendency of consciousness is to become involved with the object seen, draw the seer towards it, and move the seer to identify with it. Then the seer becomes engrossed in the object. This becomes the seed for diversification of the intelligence, and makes the seer forget his own radiant awareness’.

Iyengar BKS, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali p.53

This subject contains articles, videos and quotes. It is advisable to not rush through our subjects consuming the content quickly: apply a reflective mode where you might read an article prior to or immediately after practice. Where quotes are used they are often accompanied by an extract of the text. Look up other quotes used (as they often have the source and page noted) and read a fuller portion of the text. You might consider covering one part of the subject each week.

Due to its highly theoretical nature the Practise section in each Part is of central focus so as to ground the principles in experiential knowledge. Access to T-Ph20 is for 10 weeks.

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