A series of linked questions on the first two chapters of the Yoga Sūtra
Posted on by Paul Harvey
Its that time of the year where many Yoga Teachers have a brief summer window during August during which they can turn their attention away from the needs of their students towards themselves.
Thus I am receiving requests from students as to how they may develop a directed study amidst the other demands that the summer break brings.
One suggestion is to offer a series of linked questions focused around the first two chapters of the Yoga Sūtra. These questions were part of a broader Yoga study project offered last year. However as the Yoga Sūtra section offers an opportunity for guided self study, it could be helpful to offer it again to support a reflective review on Yoga Psychology.
Further study and practice guides will be offered within other areas of Yoga Study and Practice.
Yoga Sūtra Study Question 1.
The first four verses of Chapter One of the Yoga Sūtra are said to encapsulate the essence of the whole chapter. Summarise them in a way so as to interest someone who knows little about Yoga.
Yoga Sūtra Study Question 2.
The concepts of Abhyāsa (Practice) and Vairāgya (Dispassion) in Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 12-16
are co-essential in the teaching of Patañjali.
Discuss their relationship and list and comment on the attitudes that support their practice.