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Philosophy Weekend Event: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Professor Edwin Bryant

Date: 25/08/2017 - 27/08/2017

Time: All Day

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Location: Manchester and District Institute of Iyengar Yoga

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About The Weekend

The event is for all yoga practitioners, teachers and students, and will be a weekend studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the classical ancient Indian treatise on the practice of Yoga. While Yoga conjures up images of bodily postures and stretches in popular western culture, this aspect of yoga – the asanas – is only the third limb of the eight limbs outlined in the Yoga Sutras – and, indeed, Patanjali pays only passing attention to this aspect of the system.

This weekend will consist of a close reading of Patanjali’s original text, focusing on the opening section of the work, wherein Yoga is defined and the state of samadhi, liberation, described, as well as on the eight limbs of yoga covered in the heart of the text, which outline the step by step methods for attaining this enlightened state. Attention will be paid to the pre-modern commentaries of the text, thus exposing students to the traditional understanding of the practice of classical Yoga and its goals.

No prior knowledge of Hinduism is necessary for this weekend; the only requirement is to bring an open mind and sincere heart.

Students are advised to bring any copy of the Sutras which has the Sanskrit text in romanised script (e.g. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin Bryant, or Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by B.K.S Iyengar).

Please note: There are no asana or pranayama classes included in the weekend – we will focus on studying the text and the philosophy.

Timings & Cost

Friday 25th August, 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 26th August, 10am – 5pm (with lunch break)
Sunday 27th August, 10am – 1pm

Cost: £120 members, £130 non-members



About The Teacher

Edwin Bryant is the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches on Hindu philosophy and religion. He received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University in 1997. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years. 

Edwin has received numerous awards and fellowships, published six books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. 

As a personal practitioner of yoga for 35 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigour with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems.

Edwin currently teaches workshops on the Yoga Sūtras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the USA and Europe.

Thanks to an invitation from the Iyengar Yoga Teacher Patricia Walden to lecture on Yoga Philosophy, Edwin was introduced to the Iyengar community. His book “The Yoga Sūtras Of Patañjali” (2009) is dedicated to her, the entire Iyengar Yoga Community and to Guruji himself ‘for his enormous contribution to the well-being of humanity…’. B. K. S. Iyengar wrote the foreword to Edwin Bryant’s book.



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