Refining the Experience of Asana using the
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
with Brad Smith
Three Saturday afternoons, March 9, April 20, May 18
Yoga Sutra II.46 - Sthira Sukham Asanam • Sat., March 9, 2:00-4:30
“Whatever Asana is performed, it should be done with a feeling of firmness, steadiness and endurance in the body; goodwill in the intelligence of the head, and awareness and delight in the intelligence of the heart.”-BKS Iyengar. With these as our objectives, we’ll explore common Asanas in-depth to come closer to the essence of these aims. We will experiment witha variety of props to facilitate our movement towards steadiness and joy.
Yoga Sutra I.12 - Abhyasa Vairagyabhyam Tannirodhah • Sat., April 20, 2:00-4:30
“Practice is the positive aspect of yoga; detachment or renunciation the negative. The two balance each other like day and night, inhalation and exhalation.”-BKS Iyengar.Using asanas as the platform for experimentation, we’ll explore the integration of these dual forces. In each asana, what is to be done and what is to be relinquished? From this endeavor to harmoniously blend abhyasa and vairagya, we will seek peace in the body and mind.
Yoga Sutra II.47 - Prayatna Saithilya Ananta Samapattibhyam • Sat., May 18 2:00-4:30
“The Sadhaka (yoga practitioner) can be considered firm in his/her postures when preserving effort is no longer needed.”-BKS Iyengar. Once a general understanding and physical capacity of asana is well-established, the possibility of an inner relaxation is at hand. With the twin aspects of yoga — Life force and Consciousness (Ha/tha) — harmoniously balanced, we come nearer to the ideal state and spirit of yoga. This state is beyond the apparent duality of effort and effortlessness and brings “unalloyed happiness, blessedness, and beatitude.”
Brad Smith is a Certified Iyengar Yoga instructor at the Junior Intermediate I level and has been teaching throughout the San Gabriel Valley since 2004. Brad has studied in India on three separate occasions with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar. In addition, Brad has studied regularly with other esteemed teachers including Kofi Busia, Mancuso Manos, Anna Delury, and Paul Cabanis.He is devoted to sharing the art of yoga with others so that they too might find a practice that uplifts them physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Single workshop, $45 before the date of workshop~$50 day of workshop
All three workshops $125 before March 9
Space is limited! Pre-registration required.
Call (626) 403-3961 for more information or to pre-register.