Philosophy

Memorizing the Sutras:
Sadhana Pada with Carol Wipf


Fridays 9:00 – 10:00 am

Ongoing Class

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The jolly sutra chanters have completed their memorization of the first pada of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
We are now moving on to the second pada: the Sadhana Pada, which is about practice. B.K.S. Iyengar says the Sadhana Pada “teaches the complete beginner, who knows no yoga, how he may rise, through his sadhana [practice], to the level of high aspirants.”
Therefore, no knowledge of the first pada is required. Once again, we will be using the thoroughly unscientific, but delightfully fun Wipf-method of rote learning. Each week, we will build our sutra repertoire through chanting in Sanskrit, going over the English translations, and discussing major terms and concepts.
This class is certainly useful for those studying for assessment, but chanting the sutras can also be a wonderful meditation for when you are driving to work, walking the dog, or sitting around in padmasana.
The class will be ongoing until we have completed the entire pada. People are welcome to join the class at any time. Although each week builds on the last, we will chant from the beginning at each meeting.
Disclaimer: my Sanskrit pronunciation is impure (see Alaka for the real thing)
I have subordinated it to the rhythms of chant for ease of memorization


Yoga Sanskrit Pronunciation Class with Alaka Palsole


Wednesdays 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Ongoing Class

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Purchase a set of 5 classes for $110, or Drop-in for $25

Sanskrit is the language of Yoga, Alaka will teach easy to learn ways to hear, understand, and remember the Sanskrit names of the yoga poses. Breaking down the word roots, explaining how the words describe the pose, the action of the pose the animal or myth behind the pose will help you learn and remember these words every time you hear them. This class will be a combination of participatory lecture and linking the names to the poses.