The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is a foundational text on Yoga mind, and Yoga practices. This text has been especially important to the seminal Yoga master T. Krishnamacharya and his influential students B. K. S. Iyengar and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Over my seventeen-year study with Pattabhi Jois he probably shared from this text more than any other, and often answered students’ questions in Sanskrit, quoting the Yoga Sutra, and then translating and further expounding. We will discover how this body of thought is applicable to our daily practice, as well as our teaching. In chanting the Yoga Sutras, we will experience an exhilaration and clarity that allow for an enhanced understanding of the Sutras.
I began my Yoga studies in 1982 and in 1993 I began my practice with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in his groundbreaking classes in New York City. I traveled to Mysore, India a dozen times to study with him over a seventeen-year period. 15 years ago, he sent me off to learn Sanskrit chanting, and since that time I have also been a student of Dr. M.A. Jayashree. My main focus of study with Dr. Jayashree has been the chanting and discussion of the Yoga Sutra. I produced two CDs for her, one a recitation of the Yoga Sutra, along with other Stotram and chants. The other, a call and response CD of the entire Yoga Sutra that exceeds five hours that she and I recorded over two long Bangalore weekends.
Today I teach workshops and trainings around the world, with a focus on the Yoga Sutra as well as Ashtanga Yoga. I host a popular podcast on the Yoga Sutra on SoundCloud. I create Yoga programming for Spinal Cord Injury and MS, and I share natural lifestyle and Yoga as a blogger on YouTube as Kiki Says.
I am happy to be returning to the Shala for this unique opportunity to share the entire Yoga Sutra.