Join Yogiraj Wendy Newton in exploring some of the most interesting and challenging aspects of the Sutras using an upcoming new translation she is coauthoring with Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger!
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are written in a terse and abbreviated language that leaves room for the teacher’s interpretation, which often makes it hard to follow without guidance and to apply as a practice. Many of the existing interpretations use a philosophical, moral, or esoteric language which tend to veer away from the tantric perspective at the heart of ISHTA Yoga.
As seen through the lens of a tantric perspective, however, the Sutras are a beautiful, concise, and practical manual that lay out the science and the art of yoga as a process for stilling the mind in meditation and how that experience transforms us and our relationship with life.
In this 2 hour workshop, Wendy will provide an overview of the Sutras from a tantric perspective and deeply investigate particularly challenging topics that are often hard for the tantric practitioner to digest, own, live, and teach, such as: abhyasa/vairagya; the levels of Samadhi and what Samadhi is about; and ways to maintain homeostasis that include interactions with people.
Come prepared to discuss, ask questions, and change your perspective!
This workshop is appropriate for teachers wanting to deepen their understanding of the sutras as well as for students with an interest in the philosophical underpinnings of yoga.
This workshop is part of a 4-part Advanced Mentoring Series:
- Friday, September 13th: Advanced Strategies for Teaching Yoga to Beginners with Kelly Eudailey
- Friday, October 25th: A Tantric Interpretation of the Sutras: Explorations in Advanced Topics with Wendy Newton
- Friday, November 22nd: Gaining Insight: Trusting Your Intuition In the Classroom with Sarah Finger
- Friday, December 13th: How to Structure Yoga Nidra with Mona Anand
Bio: Wendy is a senior teacher at ISHTA Yoga and a lead trainer in the ISHTA teacher training program. She has been studying with Yogiraj Alan Finger since 2002, and was recently initiated by Alan into the ISHTA Yoga lineage as Yogiraj, or yoga master. She has a private practice in energy work/yoga therapy, and conducts workshops and lectures on a broad range of yoga-related topics. Her group yoga classes combine subtle body awareness, physical alignment, and breath-based movement to help inspire students to move with grace and gain perspective in their lives. Wendy and her husband, fellow yoga teacher Peter Ferko, live and teach in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.