One of the most popular Yoga texts today, Patañjali's Yoga Sūtras, was written around 200 CE. This sacred text describes the inner workings of the mind and describes aṣṭāṅga yoga (the 8 limbs) as a practice and path to control its restlessness, so we can experience lasting peace. You will gain a thorough understanding of the yogic view on everything from how our interactions with the world can be used for inner growth to how the deepest levels of calm and contentment are achievable. We will discuss each limb thoroughly before moving through a practice that incorporates all of them in order to see the benefit of this comprehensive practice first-hand.
Meet the Instructor
Mary began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2000. Over the years, she deepened her training by studying with knowledgeable teachers from very diverse traditions, eventually formally studying Sanskrit at UT of Austin. Now with 18 years of practice and over 3000 teaching hours, Mary effortlessly blends a reverence for the ancient traditions of yoga with a carefree and playful spirit that will leave you laughing along with the levity of the moment. Given her passion for the history and traditions of yoga, she meets regularly with a professor, Stephen Phillips, to study such texts as the Upanishads, and to continue her studies in Sanskrit.