Embodying a sūtra a day:
An accompanied, self-directed, dive into Patañjali-s Yoga Sūtra-s/pātañjalayogaśāstra
DATES: October 27, 2021, November 24, 2021, January 19, 2022, February 23, 2022, March 30, 2022, May 11, 2022
Neil Dalal, PhD &
Cassi Kitner, C-IAYT
Cost: $250+HST (No refunds). Sliding scale options available.
Time: 630pm to 830pm (EST) on all dates listed.
Location: ONLINE: all live through Zoom. Limited access to recordings after each session.
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Starting on October 27, we invite you to engage with one sūtra a day for 195/196 days. Together we will explore:
Historical Context of Patañjali-s Yoga Sūtra-s
Perspectives on authorship and why reading the vyāsabhāṣya is important
A deeper understanding of the possible meanings/context, with specific references/resources to various translations
Ways to engage with the text including suggestions for embodying the concepts to your own self/work
Considerations for integrating the yoga sūtra-s in your yoga therapy clinical work (co-assessments/practices)
Considerations for ensuring your exploration is approached respectfully: a discussion around cultural appropriation/decolonization. Including:
A conversation about different translations
Use of sanskrit/chanting
Using references/resources. Knowing the difference between reading primary and secondary sources`
There will be three streams of learning to choose from. As you go through the course content, readings and HMW will be assigned based on which stream of learning you feel comfortable with. HMW is not graded and completely self-directed. You will have an opportunity to discuss HMW when the class meets together.
Neil will e teaching the history and sūtra portion of the course. Cassi will be teaching/discussing possible applications to yoga therapy work (co-assessments/practices/etc.).
One week prior to meeting we will poll the class to see which sūtra-s want to be dived into together as a group. During some months, faculty may ensure certain sūtra-s are included. Together, we will choose three and hopefully get to them all.
About Neil Dalal, PhD
Neil is an Associate Professor of South Asian Philosophy and Religious Thought, and the Director of Religious Studies at the University of Alberta; where he teaches in both the Philosophy Department and Religious Studies Program. He received his PhD in Asian Cultures and Languages from the University of Texas at Austin where he specialized in Sanskrit and Indian philosophy, and an MA in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dalal’s interests explore philosophy of mind, metaphysics, contemplative psychologies, and meditation practices found in classical South Asian Yoga systems. He grounds this research in classical Sanskrit texts and commentaries as well as their living traditions. He is the co-director of Gurukulam (The Orchard/Sony Pictures), a sensory-ethnographic study of a contemporary Advaita Vedānta community, co-editor of Asian Perspectives on Animal Ethics (Routledge Press), and has published articles in venues such as the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Journal of Indian Philosophy, and Journal of Hindu Studies. Dalal is also a teacher within the traditional lineage of Śaṅkarācārya’s Advaita Vedānta. He spent several years living a monastic lifestyle in India while studying under the direct guidance of the renowned Advaita Vedāntin, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who gave him permission to teach in 2002.
About Cassi Kitner, C-IAYT
Cassi is a co-director, faculty member, and administrative coordinator of the School of Embodied Yoga Therapy. She's also the assistant secretary for IAYT's Member Schools Committee. She works as a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and has studied in Canada, USA, and India as a yoga therapist and instructor. She specializes in yoga therapy, working with individuals who are suffering from chronic pain, orthopedic injuries, anxiety/mood disorders, and traumatic brain injuries. More specifically, she collaborates on rehabilitation teams with other health care professionals to support clients in recovery from motor vehicle accidents. Cassi merges her passion for the arts and scientific research in a creative and explorative personal and professional practice.