Within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises……

Abhyāsa and Vairāgya
Within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises within the effort of trying to remain there not……..
abhyāsa vairāgyābhyāṃ tat nirodhaḥ
“By both practice and dispassion that contained.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

A series of linked questions on the first two chapters of the Yoga Sūtra

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Its that time of the year where many Yoga Teachers have a brief summer window during August during which they can turn their attention away from the needs of their students towards themselves.

Thus I am receiving requests from students as to how they may develop a directed study amidst the other demands that the summer break brings.

One suggestion is to offer a series of linked questions focused around the first two chapters of the Yoga Sūtra. These questions were part of a broader Yoga study project offered last year. However as the Yoga Sūtra section offers an opportunity for guided self study, it could be helpful to offer it again to support a reflective review on Yoga Psychology.

Further study and practice guides will be offered within other areas of Yoga Study and Practice.

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Meditation is about the quality of the effort rather than……

abhyasa

Meditation is about the quality of the effort rather than the fruit of the time.
– Observation on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

Yoga is not about not enjoying the world because we see it……

drsya

Yoga is not about not enjoying the world because we see it as it really is.
Rather it is seeing the world as it really is and still enjoying it.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 18

Awareness is a quality not a quantity.

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Awareness (Cit) is a quality not a quantity.

There are times when our Dhyāna feels like being merged with……

vitarka_vicara

There are times when our Dhyāna feels like being merged with ones lover,
a state full of presence, vibrancy, passion and bliss.
Tempting to want more of the same,
however Yoga says we can’t have our bliss and want to repeat it.
Also Yoga reminds us that a state of bliss is different from
and merely a stage towards a state of oneness.
Personal reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 17

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Dhāraṇā is about ‘finding yourself’……

Dhāraṇā is about ‘finding’ yourself.
Dhyānā is about ‘staying’ yourself.
Samādhi is about ‘losing’ yourself.
Reflection on Yoga Sūtra C3 v1-3

The Yoga Sūtra is about reflecting on that which reflects,

The Yoga Sūtra is about reflecting on that which reflects,
in order to reflect from that which is the source of attention,
rather than from that which is the scene of intention.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 49

Yoga is about remaining true to the self within the wiles of myself.

cit devanagari

Yoga is about remaining true to the self
within the wiles of myself.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

The Yoga Sūtra says you can’t change your life……

parinama

“The Yoga Sūtra says you can’t change your life,
however you can change your perception of it.”
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

Thirty day Personal Study Project on Yoga Planning, Theory and Sūtra Summary

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Thirty days have passed and ten posts have been posted on each on the three topics below which can be downloaded as PDF’s as three themed topics, each with ten questions or a single thirty question collective:

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Questions 1-10

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Study Theory Questions 1-10

Yoga Sūtra Study Questions 1-10

The thirty posts collated into a single downloadable PDF Study Workbook

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Explore and discuss the concept of Dvandva in Yoga Sūtra C2 v48……

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 10.

patanjali-1Explore and discuss the concept of Dvandva  in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 48,
by relating it to the definition of Āsana in Chapter One of the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā.
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What does Patañjali mean by Pratipakṣa Bhāvanam in Yoga Sūtra C2 v33?

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 9.

patanjali-1 What does Patañjali mean by Pratipakṣa Bhāvanam in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 33?
Discuss.
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Show how The word Hāna in Yoga Sūtra C2 v25 has the meaning ’giving up’.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 8.

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Show how The word Hāna in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 25 has the meaning ’giving up’.
What is the ’giving up’ in question?
How is it obtained?
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Show how Yoga Sūtra C2 v10 and v11 play a pivotal role in the teachings in this chapter.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 7.

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Show how Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 10 and verse 11 play a pivotal role in the
evolution of the teachings in the Sādhana aspect of Chapter Two.
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Translate and develop Yoga Sūtra C2 v6

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 6.

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Translate and develop Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 6
Dṛg Darśana Śaktyoḥ Eka Ātmatā Iva Asmitā
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