This is your opportunity to dive deep into an incredibly inspiring masterpiece on Yoga philosophy from 2 BCE.
In this 4-part video series, Vedic scholar Acharya Shunya explores the most authentic path of Raja Yoga and expounds at length upon select verses of the Yoga Sutras, enunciating key concepts, disciplines, practices and skills.
She weaves the entire text of 196 verses into a delightful bouquet of easy to understand and apply concepts, making the ancient teaching relevant and applicable to modern lives. You will walk away enlightened and internally ignited with a map of the most important verses, and understand which will unlock the door to spiritual liberation.
Studying Patanjali's Yoga Sutras with a master Vedic teacher such as Acharya Shunya showing you the path, step-by-step, systematically and comprehensively, has the power to illuminate your entire being and change the course of your life forever. This Masterclass was recorded in front of a live audience and includes Q&A from attendees.
What Are Sutras?
The sutras, meaning threads, are elegant, succinct threads of knowledge that allow you to explore the essential core meaning of yoga.
Traditionally, teachers unpack the meaning for seekers.
In this course, you will:
Learn to apply ancient Yogic wisdom of meditation and renunciation to your modern life
Learn how to embody Dharma in your daily life
Receive key teachings from the 8-limbed path of Ashtanga Yoga
Learn the scientific methods to overcome mental and emotional obstacles to enlightenment
Understand the law of Karma and how it impacts your spiritual journey
Be exposed to yogic disciplines and devotional practices
Experience sublime upliftment with the Sanskrit language via chanting of select Yoga Sutras
Understand the important prerequisites to reach a state of union with your true self
Jane, Yoga Instructor,
San Francisco, CA
This class was an eye opener. Each verse is dense with wisdom and through I have been trying to study the Yoga Sutras by myself for years; it was not until a master teacher like Acharya Shunya went deep into the important verses, and unpacked the wisdom, did the meanings really hit me, in a profound sense.
Amy, Ayurveda Practitioner,
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is one piece of a rich tradition that must be conveyed by a qualified teacher, and Acharya Shunya has brought her Advaita Vedanta lineage’s deeper commentary on Raj Yoga to this special teaching series. I highly recommend this class for everyone interested in mental health and well-being. Whether you are a layman or therapist, this class will radically change the way you think and relate to yourself and others. These teachings, incorporated into your life, will make you a better, more functional, happier human being.
Richard, Yogi and Dad,
I have always wanted to follow the mystical teachings contained in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. I have studied this text at least twice before with different yoga teachers. But this time, it was a whole different experience. To study with a Vedic master, who has grown up with these texts was a completely different experience. I learnt so much more about my own thoughts and why my mind is an obstacle on my path to liberation, and what I can do about it in a very real sense as full time dad, and part time yogi. I loved Acharya Shunya’s intensity as a teacher as well as her sense of humor. I can't recommend this course enough to my Yoga and Ayurveda colleagues.
Meera, Vet Assistant,
San Francisco, CA
I am so glad I took this class on Yoga Sutras with Acharya Shunya. I benefited from it much more than what I had expected initially. I thought this was going to be a lot of philosophy, but it was knowledge that I could use in my life, immediately. I learnt how to manage my own emotional suffering. I especially loved knowing about the kleshas which are 5 types of sorrow causing thoughts. Now, when such thoughts arise, I simply tell myself this is a klesha. I feel I am more calm since I took this class.
About The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali
The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali is a great text to explore if you wish to go beyond the physical dimension of yoga, asanas, body poses and stretches. It opens the path to union with something greater within you—your own divine Self, referred to as "Purusha" in yogic terminology, through the path of inner mastery and meditation.
As a text, it is a collection of 196 Sanskrit Sutras (aphorisms) explaining the path of yoga and how to achieve the goal of yoga, which is mastery of the mind and ultimately a no-mind state (samadhi) to achieve union with the "Self" (purusha). The Yoga Sutras serve as the basis of the yoga system known as Raja Yoga, one of the six schools of Hindu Philosophy, which emphasizes the attainment of wisdom which lies beyond the mind and logic, through meditation.
The Yoga Sutras were compiled by a Vedic sage known as Patanjali in 2 BCE. Little is known about Sage Patanjali’s life, and he is the subject of numerous myths and legends. There remains some confusion as to the identity of Sage Patanjali as well as the exact timeframe of his life. Hindus consider him as a minor avatar of Lord Vishnu’s snake "Ananta."
As such, the text does not contain original teachings of Yoga separated from the larger Vedic tradition. It is more of a synthesized and organized version of the existing ancient Vedic knowledge about yoga from existing texts such as The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads and texts on Hatha Yoga. However, it is such an excellent and precise compilation with truly beautiful insights by Sage Patanjali that this text stands out in its own category.
Acharya Shunya is a globally-recognized spiritual teacher and Vedic lineage-holder who awakens health and consciousness through the Vedic sciences of Ayurveda, Vedanta and Yoga. She is the driving force behind an online wisdom school and worldwide spiritual community, and the author of best-selling book on the Vedic art of mind + body + soul well-being and health, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom (Sounds True, 2017) and forthcoming second book with Sounds True to be released in 2020, Sovereign Self. Acharya Shunya is a keynote speaker at national and international conferences, and serves as an advisor to the Indian Government in matters pertaining to global integration and cultivation of Ayurveda and Yoga. Receive her free online teachings and browse her current eCourse offerings here or see more about her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram. Subscribe to her YouTube Channel where she holds live Global Satsangs once per month.