Clarity and Focus
No yogic text is as widely discussed – or misunderstood – as the Yoga Sūtra. Patañjali's teachings are seen as the philosophy behind modern practice, although he says almost nothing about postural yoga, except in terms of sitting still.
Join Daniel Simpson to explore in depth what Patañjali teaches – along with how this differs from contemporary priorities. Together, we'll read the whole text, with reference to the commentaries that help to explain its traditional meaning.
Despite what's suggested today, the "eight limbs" of yoga are not the main theme. They only get so much attention because one of them is āsana, whose meaning has changed. Patañjali's method is one-pointed focus, refining discernment to see through confusion.
If you're curious about the bigger picture of yoga philosophy, this course is an accessible guide to complex topics. Combining scholarly and practical knowledge with humour and insight, its approach is refreshingly clear without oversimplifying.
The overall aim is to reflect on the goals of the Yoga Sūtra, and to see how these relate to our own objectives. By the end of the course, you'll feel clearer on both – and therefore better prepared to discuss this text and the ways people use it.