A beginner’s intro to one of the most beloved and profound texts of classical Yoga. We'll look at the roots of modern yoga in this 2000 year-old text, including the causes of existential suffering and the profound existential inquiry that leads to liberation. The Yoga-Sūtra is the source of the aṣtānga or “Eight Limb” model of spiritual practice made famous by the Krishnamacharya tradition, a beautiful guide to transformative practice grounded in ethical action, disciplined practice, and deep meditative stabilization.
In addition to working with Patañjali's text, we’ll learn basics of meditation and inquiry to bring into our practice, both on the mat or fusion and throughout daily life.
Sean Feit (SEP, E-RYT500) teaches Buddhism and Yoga with a focus on the integration of meditation, philosophy, and self inquiry with trauma resolution and social justice. He has practiced in Zen and Theravada Buddhist lineages, was a monk in Burma, and is authorized to teach by Jack Kornfield. Other primary teachers include Alice Joanou (yoga) and Steven Hoskinson (Somatic Experiencing/Organic Intelligence). Sean teaches at Yoga Tree, Yoga Garden SF, East Bay Meditation Center, and Piedmont Yoga in the SF Bay Area, and has been a guest teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he completed the Dedicated Practitioner’s Program and the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training, and is a member of the Community Dharma Leader program. Sean is a PhD candidate at UC Davis, writing on Buddhist contemplative practice and experimental dance, and lives in Oakland, enjoying a thriving community of yogis and artists.
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