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Patañjali's Yogasūtras: Practicing the Path of Yoga in Daily Life with Chase Bossart

February  5, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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Chase Bossart

Patañjali's Yogasūtras: Practicing the Path of Yoga in Daily Life with Chase Bossart


The true power of yoga lies not in the strength and vitality it gives the physical body, but rather in the profoundly positive ways it changes our entire human system by refining the mind, clearing negative emotions, creating positive behaviors, improving our relationships, and bringing forth profound spiritual experiences. These changes are demonstrated as we move about the world in our daily lives, interacting with colleagues, friends, and family; and responding to situations as they arise. In a very real and practical sense, this is why we practice, so that how we feel, think, and even behave will be increasingly authentic and responsive, and decreasingly reactive and habitual.

Patañjali's Yogasūtras, composed over 1700 years ago in India, is one of the most authoritative texts on the practice of yoga. Its concise presentation of how to bring yoga off the mat and into daily life is considered an "owner's manual" for life, and has guided the practice of countless generations of yogis. This ongoing series of classes will examine Patañjali's Yogasūtras sūtra by sūtra and word by word, emphasizing how to apply its messages in our daily lives. Along the way, we will explore foundational concepts of yoga as a topic, as a practice, and as a teaching to be embodied in each moment of each day.

Each class will include presentation and discussion, as well as instruction in chanting the Yogasūtras. Each series covers a different set of sūtras and is complete within itself. No prior experience is necessary. All levels are welcome. Participants are eligible for Yoga Alliance CEUs. If you've ever felt the sūtras were too esoteric, complicated, or difficult to understand, this is the practical, how-to class you've been waiting for.

This class is available as a combined course with Vedic Chant>>


Chase Bossart MA, E-RYT 500, is a long-time, personal student of TKV Desikachar. He travels frequently to teach and train on a wide array of yoga-related topics. He is particularly drawn to the classical teachings of Patañjali's Yogasūtras and loves to lead experiential classes demonstrating yoga philosophy's practical applications in daily life. An experienced practitioner, Bossart has a clear, down-to-earth communication style that makes the depths of yoga's teachings accessible and easy to understand. His warm, funny, and engaging teaching style appeals to every level of yoga practitioner.


Series One: February 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5
Series Two: March 12, 26; April 2, 9, 16
CIIS Main Building
$150 for each 5-week series
$175 combined with Vedic Chant class
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This course is also available for one unit of academic credit to CIIS students.

California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


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