Introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with Anat Geiger

Part one: The first two chapters and the 8 Limbs of Yoga

 

 

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4-hour online course

 

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Eligible for 4 CEUs with Yoga Alliance

 

Introduction to the teachings of Patanjali

Learn about the context and the fundamental concepts of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

First two chapters of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras demystified

Explore the first two chapters of Patanjali’s Sutras: Samadhi-pada and Sadhana-pada.

The 8 Limbs of Yoga

Discover the message and purpose of each Limb of Yoga and how to integrate them into your practice and life.

Course structure


The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali were compiled somewhere between 50 BCE and 300 CE and over its four chapters describe the philosophy of 'yoga' as experienced and practiced in that era.

However, its Sutras (aphorisms) remain as relevant today as they ever were.

In essence, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali could be described as a kind of ‘guidebook’ which offer lessons to the modern-day yogi on the purpose of yoga and how to live a more meaningful life.


In this course, Anat explains and reflects upon the most pivotal Sutras from the first two chapters: Samadhi-pada and Sadhana-pada. She invites you to contemplate the purpose of practicing yoga beyond Asana, as a road towards self-realization.

 

Some of the concepts you will uncover:


  • The ‘goal’ of yoga and the concept of yoga as a science
  • The concept of yoga as a theistic practice, yet not a religion
  • Vrittis or distractions from the yogic journey and tools to deal with them
  • Gunas or the three aspects of the magnifested world
  • Kleshas or the five kinds of pain we experience as humans
  • The 8 Limbs of Yoga

The course starts with a short introduction of basic yoga philosophy concepts and finishes with a short chanting session. If you’d like to learn more about yoga philosophy in general, please take a look at Anat’s Fundamentals of Yoga Philosophy course.

Course outline

  • A brief recap of some basic yoga philosophy terminology and concepts
  • An introduction to the Sutras
  • The ‘goal’ of yoga and the tools to achieve it
  • Yoga as a science
  • The first four Sutras
  • A reflection on Vrittis and tools to deal with them

Gunas: three aspects of the manifested world

  • Yoga as a theistic practice, yet not a religion
  • Obstacles to achieving the goal of yoga and their remedy
  • Short chanting session

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  • A look at the second chapter as a whole
  • Reflection on austerity, self-study and the yoga of action
  • Kleshas or the 5 kinds of pain we experience as human beings
  • A reflection on why we should not aim to satisfy all of our desires
  • Exploration of further Sutras and reflection on Karma
  • The importance of differentiating the Seer and the Seen

The Yamas:

  • Ahimsa
  • Satya
  • Asteya
  • Brahmacharya
  • Aparigraha
  • The Niyamas
  • Asana
  • Pranayama
  • Pratyahara
  • Dharana
  • Dhyana
  • Samadhi 
  • Short chanting session

Yoga Alliance accreditation

Introduction to Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, with Anat Geiger is eligible for 4 Continuing Education Credits with Yoga Alliance.

Meet your teacher:

Anat Geiger


Anat Geiger threads science, spirituality, philosophy teachings and chakra theory through her teaching, combining Yang elements of strength and rhythm with Yin elements of kindness and silence.

After a 25-year career in performance arts, Anat studied intensively with Teresa Caldas and Dona Holleman, following both their yoga teacher trainer programs. They gave her priceless insights into alignment, precision, therapeutics, clarity and intent.


 

In 2009 Anat met Paul and Suzee Grilley and began studying Yin Yoga, Chakra Theory and Meditation and Philosophy. Through Paul and Suzee, Anat found new and unexpected possibilities. She discovered that our bodies are fundamentally different and alignment varies from person to person. She learned that science and spirituality enrich and benefit each other and that we need strength, movement and fierceness, as well as kindness, acceptance and stillness: Yang and Yin. Anat continues to study with Paul and Suzee and is one of their main assistants.