Pratyahara

A summary of my notes taken from a lecture given by Prashant Iyengar in June 2020 Our senses cannot be understood mechanically.  We cannot have a mechanical view of our senses.  How our eyes, ears, tongue, nose, skin function depend not just on the external object but on our subjective understanding. A camera will pick… Continue reading Pratyahara

Klesa and Karma

To live  demands that we make decisions on how to act, and what to do. B. K. S. Iyengar asks, “How does a freeman act, and yet remain free?” (B. K. S. Iyengar, 2005, p. 238).  Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras seek to answer this question by exploring the motivations that drive our actions, how we can become… Continue reading Klesa and Karma

The theory of re-birth according to Patanjali.

Prashant Iyengar writes that “life commences with karma” (P. Iyengar, 2013, p. 12). The process of re-birth stems from actions, their effects (karma), and natural causes stemming from the interplay of the three gunas.(Sargeant, 1994).  Patanjali examines this subject throughout the yoga sutras and, in the kaivalya pada, details what determines the nature of re-birth, and how it… Continue reading The theory of re-birth according to Patanjali.

on opposites…

In gratitude for Tiffany Hambley’s post on Prashantji’s teachings. Prashant says, “Imagine a scenario where two mirrors reflect one another. The potential for refraction and reflection is endless. This is quite a different situation, he pointed out, than a wooden yoga brick and a mirror facing one another: in that instance, it can clearly be… Continue reading on opposites…

The Klesas and the feet

This is from a class taught at the Summer Intensive with Jess at Clear Yoga. Who would have thought that “Who am I?” would be the theme for a weekend Yoga Intensive!! It makes sense when we realize that within each asana are tools to allow us to investigate the different parts of our body.… Continue reading The Klesas and the feet

Avidya – ignorance

“We all sense the presence of soul in our origin and our end.  Looking at the world around us, we are torn between feelings that “soul cannot be in this” and yet, “if the soul exists at all, it must be in this also”.   It’s existence is to be unlimited to our notions of… Continue reading Avidya – ignorance

Celebration days

On Thursday we arrived in our non yoga clothes and were treated to a talk by Geeta which I will write up tomorrow.  Then we had a talk by the CEO of Deloitte and Touche – a successful businessman and student of Iyengar Yoga.  He talked about how yoga has helped him with his position… Continue reading Celebration days