This week, we’re looking at the second Yoga Sutra and breaking it down via a translation by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.2
Yogas chitta vritti nirodhah
Complete mastery over the modifications of the mind is called yoga


Yogas = Yoga union, balance; harmonious state of mind; bridging the different aspects of life; connecting the individual consciousness with supreme consciousness

Chitta = mind; the repository of thoughts and feelings; that which thinks and feels; the inner instrument for thinking, feeling, perception, and cognition; the instrument that consciousness uses to explore its own manifestation; the leader of the senses; the seat of the spirit

Vṛtti  = thought constructs; mental modifications; movements in the mind

Ni = completely, in every respect, from every direction and 

Rodha = restraining, disciplining; not allowing to roam aimlessly. 

I've always imagined this sutra like this: as if the mind is represented by a lake… yoga is when the water is still, free of ripples and waves with a sense of calm & connection. Sometimes I wonder: How is this even possible?? The mind is harder to control than the wind! The mind is always jumping from topic to topic, various attachments, likes and dislikes, judgments and pulled by distractions of the senses. How can we tame our monkey minds? Patanjali would say with constant practice and detachment. In the meantime, maybe our first step in applying this sutra is noticing the mind during our asana and meditation practices, noticing where it goes and the quality of our thoughts. Are they uplifting? Helpful? Are they critical and judgmental of self and others? Roaming aimlessly? 

The other day, Raghunath said, “The mind is always going to go somewhere. Where is it going to go to?” This is the other application of this sutra. We can make conscious choices in our day with our associations, entertainment, the environments we find ourselves in: choosing people, places, and things that help upgrade the mind instead of degrade the mind. We want the mind to lead the senses, and not the senses to lead the mind. I’m not saying it’s always easy, but it’s food for thought! Go forth and practice, yogis. Let's get our chitt(a) in order! 

In service, 
Ashley
THIS WEEKEND
w/ Alicia Broudy-Clawson

THURSDAY, July 18th 2019
5:30-7:30 p.m.

We're hosting an Athleta Trunk Show along with our regularly scheduled class with Alicia. Make sure to save a little bit of time before or after class to shop! Click here to learn more about Athleta (and why we love them!).

regular class pricing
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w/ Nicole Zellie Lann

FRIDAY, July 19th 2019
6:30-8 p.m.

by donation // pay what you can
w/ Alicia Broudy-Clawson

SATURDAY, July 20th 2019
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Cost: $10

***Parking is FREE! We'll provide a validated parking ticket.***

To arrive at The Landing & Marina, follow the pedestrian bridge from Bessemer Court over the railroad tracks. There are both stairs and elevator access to this location, and there will be a tent for those of you looking for a little shade too!
 
w/ Alana DeLoge

SUNDAY, July 21st 2019
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Cost: $10

The entrance to Grandview Park (or Emerald View Park ) is located at the corner of Bailey and Beltzhoover Avenues, near the intersection of Mount Washington and Allentown neighborhoods.
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w/ Mary Anne Buvens

SUNDAY, July 21st 2019
5:30-7 p.m.

regular class pricing
UPCOMING EVENTS
w/ Brooke Smokelin

SUNDAY, July 28th 2019
2-4:30 p.m.

These LEVEL 1 workshops are open to yoga students of ALL LEVELS, even those brand new to yoga, as well as massage therapists, healers, counselors, and other people interested in gaining an experiential understanding of the yogic chakra system.

****18 CEUs are available for registered Yoga Teachers through Yoga Alliance if you complete the entire Level 1 Chakra Activation Series.

Cost: $50
w/ Lynn Rescigno

Begins August 2019!!

This Yoga Alliance approved Teacher Training is for both aspiring teachers (Teacher Track) and serious students of yoga (Self Enrichment Track). Based on Lynn’s background of Jivamukti Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Viniyoga, and Iyengar Yoga, this program includes: proper pacing, Sanskrit pronunciation, synchronization of breath and movement, yogic philosophy, anatomy, verbal & hands-on adjustments, pranayama, mantra, and yin & restorative yoga.

Hurry! Early Bird Pricing Ends July 19th 2019.
w/ Lynn Rescigno

SATURDAY, August 3rd 2019
1-3 p.m.

This workshop is an introduction to working with hands on adjustments in vinyasa yoga with a focus on sun salutations and flowing standing pose sequences. After a warm up series to prepare the body for the course work, students will work with partners and learn to adjust/assist a pre-set Jivamukti Yoga sequence taught to Lynn by Sharon Gannon.

Cost: $25 in advance ($30 at the door)