The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Om Symbol illustration with a stained glass look.

with Paul Sherbow

Sat. April 29, 3-6pm


Sun. April 30, 9am-12pm

$80 for entire workshop

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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the classical ancient Indian treatise on the practice of yoga. While yoga conjures up images of bodily postures and stretches in popular western culture, this aspect of yoga (the asanas) is only the third limb of the eight limbs outlined in The Yoga Sutras, and Patanjali pays only passing attention to this aspect of the system. This weekend workshop will consist of a close reading of Patanjali’s original text, focusing on the opening section of the work, wherein Yoga is defined and the state of samadhi / liberation is described. We will also focus on the eight limbs of yoga covered in the heart of the text, which outline the step-by-step methods for attaining this enlightened state.

Paul H. Sherbow was senior Sanskrit editor for Bhaktivedanta Book Trust during the 1970’s. He studied Sanskrit at several universities and with monastics and scholars from India. Currently, he is senior researcher at the International Secretariat of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP), a global, multi-religious organization. He also teaches Hinduism at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University. His papers and articles have been included in scholarly publications from Oxford and Columbia Universities, the Journal of Vaisnava Studies, and Nama-Rupa Journal.