Clarity and Focus
No yogic text is as widely cited – or as misunderstood – as the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali. Although its teachings still have much to offer, their focus is on seated meditation not sequences of postures, and the ultimate goal involves renouncing the world.
Join Daniel Simpson to explore in depth how Patañjali's ideas relate to modern forms of practice. Together, we will read the whole text with reference to commentaries that help to unpack its traditional significance.
Despite what's suggested today, the "eight limbs" of yoga are not the main framework. They 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 see how we might integrate key themes from the Yoga Sūtra, while discerning how they differ from contemporary priorities. By the end of the course you'll feel clearer on both, as well as better prepared to discuss this text and how it's used.