ajna with moon

After a summer of experiential anatomy, this fall we will pursue moon sadhana - practices that explore and cultivate the mind.  (Learn more about our year-long syllabus here.)  Both moon and mind are constantly changing, and both “reflect” other energies.  We will use our asana and breathing to engender states of stability and calm, which are essential for progress in yoga.  In other words, we will turn our attention from physical to mental alignment. 

We will also consider different models of the mind, both Indian and Western.  We will meditate more regularly and develop a repertoire of foundational meditations.  By winter, we will be ready to move into the realms of prana, the animating intelligence of life.

Some recommended reading for this fall:

Yoga and Psychotherapy: The Evolution of Consciousness
by Swami Rama et al

Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom
by Rick Hanson

The Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain
by Antonio Damasio

The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience by Francisco Varela, Evan Thompson and Eleanor Rosch

Swami J's excellent online commentary on the Yoga Sutras

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