Sutras and Poses

2018 Monthly Yoga Poses and Sutras

Theme of the Year - "Know the Seat of Self"

Pose of the Year - Ardha Chandrasana - Half Moon Pose

Pose: Utthita Trikonasana - Extended Triangle Pose
Sutra: 1.2 Citta Vrtti Nirodha – Yoga is defined as the stilling of the consciousness.

Poses: Padangusthasana, Padahastasana, Uttanasana – Big Toe Pose, Hand to Foot Pose, Intense Stretch Pose
Sutra: I.3   Sometimes the Seer focuses inward on the Seat of Self.

Pose: Parsvottanasana - Intense Stretch Pose to the Side
Sutra: I.4 - Sometimes the Seer focuses outward on the objects of consciousness.

Pose: Virabhadrasana III - Warrior III
Sutra: I.6-I.11 - The objects of consciousness take many forms.

Pose: Sirsasana, Headstand.  Alternative Pose: Siddhasana - Accomplished Pose
Sutra: II.5 - Avidya is lack of understanding and is the source of all pain.

Pose: Paryankasana - Couch Pose
Sutra: II.6 - Asmita, or Egoism is object identification.

Pose: Eka Hasta Bujasana - Elephant's Trunk Pose
Sutra: II.7 - Raga is attachment to pleasure.

Pose: Chatushpadasana - Four Footed Pose
Sutra: II.13 - Act from the Seat of Self, not from destructive habits.

Pose: Parsva Dhanurasana - Bow Pose Turned to the Side
Sutra: II.16 - Heyam Dukham Anagatam - The suffering yet to come can and should be avoided.

Pose: Bharadvajasana II - Twist for Sage Bharadvaja
Sutra: I.15 - Practice detachment from desires.

Pose: Ardha Matsyendrasana - Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
Sutra: I.16 Transcend the objects of consciousness and perceive the Seat of Self.

Pose: Setu Bandha Sarvangasana - Drop-Back from Shoulderstand
Sutra: II.25 - Snap the Link that binds the Knower to the Known.