Special Classes and Training Workshops
In addition to our regular class schedule Yellow Tree offers special classes for seasonal restoration, Ayurveda exploration, and children and family classes. We also occasionally invite in others to share their special teachings.
Yellow Tree hosts extended learning opportunities for teachers and teachers in training and for anyone who is a student of their body-mind. Our workshops will focus on anatomy and physiology as it relates to yoga, and the science and psychology behind the body-mind connection teachings.
December 13: Holiday Restorative with live cello
Join cellist and yogi Tara and Mary for an evening of restorative yoga accompanied with live holiday cello music. Space is limited to 18 for this class. We ask that you bring a gift card or cash donation in any amount as an offering to our local families in need of assistance this Holiday season.
Register online early – last year this experience sold out.
Yoga Sutras Study Group
Join our teachers in training for a discussion of one of the foundational texts of Yoga philosophy
Fridays Dec 1, 8, 15 | 10:15-11:30 AM
There is no fee for this study group. Please let us know if you plan to attend any or all of these sessions.
In week one we’ll begin with the Introduction to the Sutras and Book (Pada) One. Our discussion will focus on a few specific Sutras -but you may want to read the whole section for a richer understanding and discussion. Bring questions and comments to the study group.
- I, v.1-3
- I, v. 12
- I, v. 33
- I, v. 39
- II, v.1
- II, v. 3
- II, v.29
- II, v. 33
- II, v. 42
- III, v.1-5
- Summary and Discussion of Book (Pada)3 and 4
At first glance, it’s easy to wonder why we would pick up this book that was written thousands of years ago (2,500 years perhaps), in another culture and another time. Things have changed so dramatically since then in just about every way you can think of—except the most important one. What has not changed is the human mind, human emotions and the human heart, and the fact that we live in community and relationship with others. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is about the mind and the ways we create our own unhappiness. It offers us a road map to happiness-showing us where we get caught up in discontent, and offering us a way to live more joyfully. The intent of these concepts is to help us understand and shift our perspective to see our own selves as human beings of limitless joy In the ancient context this was the path of spiritual development. In his 196 aphorisms, Patanjali covers all aspects of life, beginning with a “code of conduct” and finishing with “man’s vision of his true Self “.(Iyengar) You might be surprised to know that the word “asana” or the physical practice as we know it is barely mentioned in the yoga Sutras.
In this study group, we’ll use several translations of the sutras to hear how others have interpreted these teachings over hundreds of years, and as a group, we’ll discuss how these varied interpretations relate to our modern world and yoga practice.