About This Course

The Yoga Sutra is one of yoga’s most important texts. One of the most famous sections of this text is a group of verses in which Patanjali describes the eight limbs of yoga. For centuries, these verses have provided guidance about how to interact with the world, as well as how to embark on a journey of self-reflection and insight. We will explore the meaning of the text and its relevance to our practices and modern lives.

For this course, please pre-read The Yoga Sutra, sutra 2.29-3.3.

Course Curriculum

210: Sutras 3

  • 1
    WELCOME AND COURSE ORIENTATION
    • START HERE
    • HOW TO TAKE THIS COURSE
    • SYLLABUS
    • ABOUT YOUR FACULTY
    • COURSE MATERIALS
    • Q&A
  • 2
    LESSON ONE: OVERVIEW OF THE EIGHT LIMBS
    • LESSON OVERVIEW
    • OVERVIEW AND JOURNAL REFLECTION #1
    • THE EIGHT "LIMBS"
    • QUIZ: LESSON ONE
    • LESSON SUMMARY
  • 3
    LESSON TWO: YAMAS (SUTRAS 2.35-2.39)
    • LESSON OVERVIEW
    • AHIMSA: NON-HARMING AND JOURNAL REFLECTION #2 & #3
    • AHIMSA PRACTICE
    • SATYA: TRUTHFULNESS AND JOURNAL REFLECTION #4
    • SATYA PRACTICE
    • ASTEYA: NON-STEALING AND JOURNAL REFLECTION #5
    • BRAHMACHARYA: CONTINENCE AND JOURNAL REFLECTION #6
    • APARIGRAHA: NON-GRASPING AND JOURNAL REFLECTION #7
    • APARIGRAHA PRACTICE
    • QUIZ: LESSON TWO
    • LESSON SUMMARY
  • 4
    LESSON THREE: THE NIYAMAS (SUTRAS 2.40-2.45)
    • LESSON OVERVIEW
    • SAUCA: CLEANLINESS AND JOURNAL REFLECTION #8
    • SANTOSHA: CONTENTMENT AND THE SANTOSHA EXPERIMENT (JOURNAL REFLECTION #9-11)
    • TAPAS: INTENSITY (FIRE) AND JOURNAL REFLECTION #12
    • TAPAS PRACTICE
    • SVADYAYA: SELF-STUDY AND JOURNAL REFLECTION #13
    • ISVARA PRANIDHANA: SURRENDER TO THE HIGHEST AND JOURNAL REFLECTION #14
    • QUIZ: LESSON THREE
    • LESSON SUMMARY
  • 5
    LESSON FOUR: ASANA AND PRANAYAMA (SUTRAS 2.46-2.54)
    • LESSON OVERVIEW
    • ASANA
    • ASANA PRACTICE AND JOURNAL REFLECTION #15
    • PRANAYAMA AND PRATYAHARA AND JOURNAL REFLECTION #16
    • QUIZ: LESSON FOUR
    • LESSON SUMMARY
  • 6
    LESSON FIVE: MEDITATION (SUTRAS 3.1-3.3)
    • LESSON OVERVIEW
    • DHARANA, DHYANA, SAMADHI
    • MEDITATION PRACTICE AND JOURNAL REFLECTION #17
    • QUIZ: LESSON FIVE
    • LESSON SUMMARY
  • 7
    CONCLUSION
    • FINAL ASSESSMENT
    • ACADEMIC HONOR
    • CONCLUSION & OUTSIDE PRACTICE

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • List and describe the importance of the eight limbs of yoga.

  • Define each yama and niyama and apply it in a real-life situation as well as your yoga teaching.

  • Describe the differences between the progressive stages of meditation in the Yoga Sutra.

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Meet Your Instructor

  • Rachel Scott

    Senior Instructor

    Rachel Scott

    Rachel is a teacher trainer, mentor, and author based in Vancouver, BC. Meticulous and funny, she loves sharing her love and knowledge of yoga with others. Also an instructional designer, she helps develop yoga curriculum for yoga schools globally. Her favorite place to be is the yoga teacher training room.