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IST 18/28 - Bringing Patanjali to the mat

15th July 2018
at Stannington Village Hall

IST 18/28 - Bringing Patanjali to the mat

Tutor: Wendy Teasdil

Date: 15th July 2018

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Location: Stannington Village Hall

Type of Event: IST Days

Places Available: 3

If you have any queries about this IST day, please contact the organiser, Dawn Goodwill-Evans on

Patanjali is generally studied as an aspect of Jnana Yoga ie. the sutras are discussed intellectually. Although the states of consciousness and how we can refine them - as described in Patanjali's yoga sutras -  are indeed worthy of debate, it is the practice of Yoga which enables this refinement. 

This day  takes the essential philosophy and applies it to the deeper interpretation of asana through Pratakshya – direct experience. On the mat, we practise each of the eight limbs and observe what happens through repetition and attention: not only to the placement of the hands and feet in asana - which is a means to an end - but specifically to consciousness. There is practice, debate - and a light-hearted approach to what is often a heavy subject. 

IST day
Event no. 18/28

Wendy Teasdill


Sun 15th July 2018



10 am – 4 pm



Village Hall,

Stannington, Northumberland NE61 6AL



Members:       £30

Non-members: £40


Event organiser

Dawn Goodwill-Evans


CPD information:

CPD points: 7.5


About the Tutor

Wendy has been practising yoga for over thirty years. She has a background in Iyengar Yoga and practises and teaches with attention to the pranic flow in asana, encouraging students to think creatively while honouring their own capabilities.


Aims of the Day

1.     Enhance awareness of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

2.     Bring the philosophy of Patanjali to the mat

3.     Encourage exploration and discussion of the Sutras

4.     Develop confidence in transforming theory into action


Objectives of the Day

By the end of the session, participants should be able to:

1.      Perform asanas with attention to the philosophy expounded in Patanjali’s Yoga sutras

2.      Differentiate between aspects of consciousness Citta - Asmita, Savitarka, Savicara and Ananda.

3.      Demonstrate aspects of Pratyaksha (direct insight)

4.      Devise a Yoga practice around philosophical elements of the sutras using the Yamas and Niyamas, Kleshas and Antarayas.


Outline of the Day



Patanjali invocation; Refresher on background to Patanjali and the 8 limbs; Group activity involving matching up the yamas and the niyamas with their meanings; A brief exposition of Citta and its importance as a moderator between Prakriti and Purusha, including a refresher on the Gunas; Gradually refining the practice of postures until stillness is achieved. Pratipaksha Bhavana - the practice of replacing negative thoughts with positive; Focus on the movement of consciousness


Patanjali snakes and ladders game using key sutras working towards Kaivalya; Integrating the concept of Aparigraha with Parsvakonasana; group posture teaching with an allocated concept


Stannington Village Hall
NE61 6AL


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