Sustrasana, Philosophy in Action: Asana Practice in Light of the Upanishads

The sages who composed the Upanishads interpreted the ancient Vedic edicts by explaining their own mystical experiences through various stories, discussions between teacher and students, and metaphor. For example, the yogic “kosha”- sheath model of the human body, mind, spirit comes from the Taittiriya Upanishad. We will review the Manduka and Katha Upanishads.

The asana practice can point us to the inward turning spiral of insight, integration and harmony, which is at the heart of all spiritual practices. Sensations the body gives us moment to moment are honest, and can lead us into bhoga/preyas (instant pleasure) or shreyas, what is ultimately good. Guruji Iyengar says that we must reach from the skin to soul. We will use the kosha model as an antenna to refine our perception of the symphony of sensations as they lead us in yoga.

I have been swimming in the poetry and wisdom of these readings. If the Upanishads inspired Ralph Waldo Emerson, then I am interested! Join me in an immersion into the inner life through asana and literature, discussion and meditation.

All levels. Readings will be provided.

Location: YogaWorks – 1426 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Saturday 9/15: 2:00pm – 5:30pm, $55
Sunday 9/16: 1:30pm – 5:00pm, $55

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For more information, please call YogaWorks – Montana Ave. at +1.310.393.5150

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