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Week of March 6/ Yoga Sutra 1.1

Week of March 6/ Yoga Sutra 1.1

Update for the week of March 6, 2011

Namo Narayan


1. Monday’s classes at 9:30am & 4:30pm are cancelled.  Also the Thursday at 4:30.  Emily is out of town and there is no sub available for those times.  Sorry for any inconvenience.


2. Shivani will arrive Thursday evening.  If you haven’t registered for the upcoming workshops, please take time this week to do that.  Space is limited.


3. Look for an article in the Roanoke Times this week about the studio!















Yoga Sutra 1.1



Now, the exposition of Yoga is being made.


This is the first of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  Simply put, the beginning of the study of yoga begins now.

Humble Beginnings


All of us come to yoga by different means, each completely relevant and true.  Mine started off to regain physical strength and health, others to relax, meditate, create flexibility, or just to learn to breathe.   The important thing is that we each arrived on the mat at some point and a


Sparks of Light


Remember the first time you felt something open, move, tingle in a pose; if you haven’t yet, no worries, it’s coming.  Your mind swirls with wonder, belief, and anticipation of more.  That is the point we realize there is something to this thing called yoga and we make a decision to open our minds and our hearts to learn more.

Practice Makes Perfect


Once we find a teacher we trust, our journey begins.


The description of this sutra with Swami Satchidananda’s commentary describes it best:


“Anusasanam means exposition or instruction, because it is not mere philosophy that Patanjali is about to expound, but rather direct instruction on how to practice Yoga.  Mere philosophy will not satisfy us.  We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone.  Without practice, nothing can be achieved.”

The Layers of the Self Unfold


What you believe will be the experience of your life.  If you think you are alone, lonely you will feel.  If you profess you’re blessed, the blessing begin to fall upon you.


“Everything begins in the mind.  If you want to see clearly, you need clear vision.” ~Swami Satchidananda


Along with the physical benefits we begin to see that the “mind-stuff” changes as clarity unfolds with a consistent practice.  The witness develops and grows strong enabling a change deeper within.

Let’s Start with 3

  1. 1. Suffering is caused by a faulty perception.  We hold on to the good times and resist change, especially when it makes us uncomfortable.  Learn to go with the flow even in the darker moments of life.
  2. 2. Peace comes in realizing and accepting who we really are.  Loving that person wholly.
  3. 3. The only way to find that true authentic self is to control the mind. “Just as only a clean, undistorted mirror can reflect our face as it truly is, only a one-pointed and tranquil mind can part the veils of ignorance to reveal and reflect the Self.”~Reverend Jaganath Carrera


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    • Timothy Scullen

      September 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Very interesting topic, regards for putting up.

    • Bertha Williams

      September 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      This is very important. Thanks for sharing this article.

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