The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Course content:

This course will revolve around interrogating the following questions:

  1. What is the Yoga as enunciated by the sage Patañjali?
  2. What is the role that bahiranga yoga (practices like āsana, prāṇāyāma, yama and niyama) have in the scheme of Yoga?
  3. How does the Yoga sutra look at the processes of the mind? How does it approach the practice of mastery over one’s mind?
  4. What is the thread of systematic psycho-spiritual evolution that runs through all the eight limbs of Yoga as enunciated in the Yoga Sutra?

This course will give an authentic understanding of the world of Yoga as described by the sage Patañjali. Since Patañjali’s Yoga Sutra are built on the darśana of Sankhya, this course will start by exploring the worldview of Sankhya. Given that the Bhagavad Gita is a synthesis of Sankhya and Yoga, it will prepare the students for a deeper philosophical understanding of the Bhagavad Gita.

In this course, the student will be able to: 

  1. Gain a traditional understanding of Patañjali’s Yoga Sutra as enunciated by the great master Yogacharya Krishnamacharya.
  2. Develop an understanding of the key practices that enable understanding and mastery of one’s mind and self.
  3. Understand the nuances of psycho-spiritual evolutionary growth that Yoga entails.
  4. Learn about the philosophical foundations on which Yoga is predicated.

Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundations

Required/Elective:  Required

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Faculty/Instructor: Dr. Anand Paranjape; Raghu Ananthanarayanan, Dr. Kundan Singh; & Dr. Anita Balasubramanian

Time: 10.00 am EST to 11.30 am – EST.

Day: Monday and Friday

Start Date: January 15th, 2021

End Date: March 26th, 2021

Quarter Offered: Winter 2021