Join us for this deep journey into Buddhist Meditation and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Chapter 1)
How can we stabilize, concentrate, and clear the mind? How can we observe our thinking and take control of our thought patterns? How do we work with obstacles on our path?
In this workshop, we explore the Samadhi Pada, the first chapter of the ancient - yet ever so contemporary - Yoga Sutras, in which sage Patanjali introduces key concepts and skills for unlocking an authentic practice of yoga in our lives. Among these are the 4 sublime attitudes to cultivate towards others (known in Buddhism as the Brahmaviharas, the 4 Immeasurables, or Sublime Abidings): Love (Maitri), Compassion (Karuna), Joy (Mudita), and Equanimity (Upeksha).
Following a discussion and chanting of select sutras from the Samadhi Pada, we will move into a traditional Buddhist meditation practice on the 4 Sublime Abidings.
Prior experience is not required. Handouts for the sutras will be given! Participants are also welcome to bring their own copies of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Saturday, March 17th
2:30 - 5:30pm, there will be a break in the middle for stretching and chai!
$35 - 10% discount for unlimited members!
Sandi Higgins grew up in Bergen County, NJ, graduated from New York University TISCH, and lived for a few years in between in Paris, France. Her practice of yoga in its many forms began in 2004 and has since taken her to India and back 4 times. A dedicated Ashtanga student and a dynamic teacher, Sandi has taught yoga and meditation with the NY College of Health Professions, NYC Parks, and several studios in New York and New Jersey. She studied the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Eddie Stern in NYC and the 4 Sublime Abidings meditation with Ven. Dr. Dhammadipa Sak in upstate NY. Sandi continues to develop her Ashtanga practice under the guidance of R. Sharath Jois, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor. Read more about Sandi