Ancient yogic philosophical writings offer so much wisdom for our lives today. It always blows my mind that despite how different life was in those times, humans struggled with the same challenges we do today.
As we become increasingly isolated not just due to the current pandemic but also due to modern society, it is more important than ever to remember that we all share similar struggles, fears, and insecurities.
Amazingly, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, written about 2,000 years ago, offers practical guidance for our everyday lives. What I’ve learned from this book informs my choices every single day and my life is much better for it. The language is compact, the concepts rich with wisdom. Svadhyaya Bookclub is a place where we can explore these ideas together and most importantly, see how to put them to use to experience a more graceful, blessed life.
How to participate~
Each month we read a few recommended chapters from the assigned “inspired” text, along with a few related verses from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. To jumpstart the conversation, I’ll post a blog article that highlights a few ideas from the readings that I find helpful in my life.
- In-person: (Summer 2020 update) We’ll meet outside. Bring a lawn chair and beverage and we’ll chat. I can’t wait to see where our conversations lead us!
- Over Zoom: I’ll bring a laptop to our outdoor get-togethers so those who can’t be there in person can also join the conversation.
- Online: At the bottom of every blog article is a comments section. I would love to hear your thoughts!
Every meeting we will be referring to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. There are many translations. Use B.K.S. Iyengar’s or whichever version you like.
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Read about our discussion in January 2020
Read about our discussion in February 2020
Concord area: Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 6:30-8 p.m.
Exeter area: Saturday, August 29th, 2020 11:00-12:30 p.m.
Topic: Love & Fear as Guides Toward Self-Realization
Reading: pages 1-93 from Conversations with God
by Neale Donald Walsh
Sutra reading: Iyengar’s commentary, pages 3-6, 11-18. Also sutras 1.2 – 1.11 from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translation and commentary by B.K.S. Iyengar.
Click here for the reading summary
Reading: Chapters (TBD) from
Living Buddha, Living Christ
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Sutra reading: TBD
Reading: Chapters (TBD) from Walden
by Henry David Thoreau
Sutra reading: TBD