Dive into the historical and philosophical framework yoga asana is embedded in and draws from. Questions like “What is the aim of yoga?” and “Why is it important to understand the philosophical underpinnings of yoga today?” will be addressed with room for personally relevant inquiries. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra as well as the Bhagavad Gita will be our primary texts for exploring differences in application and practice between raja and bhakti yoga. We will consider modern applications of wisdom drawn from both texts. Edwin Bryant’s commentary on the Yoga Sutras and Eknath Eswaran’s translation and commentary on the Gita will be our study texts. Students will be welcome to bring copies if they have them. But it is not necessary. Cost is 35$ until June 8. 40$ at the door.
Thrive teacher, Jaime Mathis has studied yoga asana and Eastern philosophy for 17 years throughout England, New Zealand and the US. Some of her teachers include Edwin Bryant, Julie Gudmestad and Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche. Jaime also holds degrees in literature, history, behavioral sciences, film and theatre from the University of Canterbury and Newbold College. She is author of three books, numerous nonfiction pieces in literary journals and blogs on mindfulness and meditation. In addition to being a passionate yogini, she has a true teacher in her son Espen and trains international corporations in mindfulness.