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Satsaṅga

Satsaṅga, Thursdays In-Person & Zoom, 5:30 – 6:45 PM (PDT): Philosophy & Chanting classes shed light on the vast practices & philosophies of yoga stemming from the Indian culture of seeking Truth. We cover a wide range of topics including Yoga Sūtras, Bhagavad Gītā, Prāṇāyāma, Sanskrit writing & grammar, and many other yoga related topics. All are welcome!​Free Sanskrit Resources: https://www.samjiva.com/chantingPurchase Our Workbooks: https://www.samjiva.com/books

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Ep. 2.05: Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2.35 - 2.38 - David Andrew Miliotis - Ashtanga Yoga

View this Podcast on Youtube: https://youtu.be/B4U499pKfKU Chanting & Studying the 2nd Chapter of the Yoga Sūtras, Sādhana Pāda: This is an extremely important chapter about actual practice. Chapters 1 & 2 lay the basis for the entire yogic process. Chapter 1 gives us the first step, chapter 2 gives the remaining steps to be taken provided the first step is securely in place. Chapter 3, for advanced practitioners, gives organization to the processes detailed in chapter 2, and chapter 4, the final chapter, explains how to understand the whole process of yoga. Chapter 2, Sādhana Pāda provides us with the nuts & bolts for pursuing yoga. All Sūtras presented in a practical manner suitable for the modern Yogī & Yoginī.  The remaining classes cover Aṣṭāṅga Yoga (The Eight Limbs). We will complete the 2nd Chapter, Sādhana Pāda, April 29, Wed. Class meets, Mon & Wed, 6:00 - 7:00 pm (PDT). Yoga Sūtras Sādhana Pāda chanting can be found in Sanskrit & Chanting, Vol. 3, beginning on Pg. 48 or also in Vol. 4. Books may be purchased here: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books To learn more about our offerings or to make a donation in support of our work, please visit our website: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/payments

1hr 11mins

28 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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Ep. 1.23: Subtlety: The Supreme Experience (Sūtras 1.45, 1.47 - 1.49) - David Andrew Miliotis - Ashtanga Yoga

Samāpatti - How Subtle can Perception Become & What of It Anyway? This week we discuss Patañjali's Yoga Sūtras 1.45, 1.47 - 1.49: The more clear the mind & the longer we engage with an object, a study or a practice, the more and more subtlety we notice. So how subtle can our perception become anyway? Patañjali says all the way to the root of creation, to what is called in yoga the Aliṅga or Mūla Prakṛti dimension. Patañjali describes three results or benefits from such a deep and enriching experience … Discover more by listening to the discussion & the chanting … ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books, please enjoy and support this endeavor by sharing & reviewing it! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्

54mins

24 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Ep. 1.14: The Role & Nature of God in Yoga (Sūtras 1.23 - 1.24)

This week’s Satsaṅga episode: Patañjali discusses God - what he calls Īśvara - from sūtra 1.23 ― 1.29. The first sūtra (1.23) juxtapositions the previous section about developing skills with the next section which is about managing obstacles. Sūtras 1.24 ― 1.26 describe the qualities & nature of Īśvara; while sūtras 1.27 ― 1.29 discuss connecting with Īśvara. In this episode, we discuss 1.23 & 1.24. Check out the discussion … ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्

1hr 21mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Ep. 2.04: Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2.29 - 2.34 - David Andrew Miliotis - Ashtanga Yoga

Chanting & studying the 2nd chapter of the Yoga Sūtras, Sādhana Pāda. This is an extremely important chapter about actual practice. Chapters 1 & 2 lay the basis for the entire yogic process. Chapter 1 gives us the first step, chapter 2 gives the remaining steps to be taken provided the first step is securely in place. Chapter 3, for advanced practitioners, gives organization to the processes detailed in chapter 2, and chapter 4, the final chapter, explains how to understand the whole process of yoga. Chapter 2, Sādhana Pāda provides us with the nuts & bolts for pursuing yoga. All Sūtras presented in a practical manner suitable for the modern Yogī & Yoginī.  The remaining classes cover Aṣṭāṅga Yoga (The Eight Limbs). We will complete the 2nd Chapter, Sādhana Pāda, April 29, Wed. Class meets, Mon & Wed, 6:00 - 7:00 pm (PDT). Yoga Sūtras Sādhana Pāda chanting can be found in Sanskrit & Chanting, Vol. 3, beginning on Pg. 48 or also in Vol. 4. Books may be purchased here: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books To learn more about our offerings or to make a donation in support of our work, please visit our website: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/payments View this Podcast on Youtube: https://youtu.be/pQGPpLg6ieo

1hr 17mins

25 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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Ep. 1.17: Obstacles - Understanding the Symptoms & How They Unfold within Us (Sūtras 1.30 - 1.31)

No one, and we mean no one, experiences a life free from obstacles & calamities, and what would be the benefit of that? How would we grow better, stronger, wiser? Patañjali enumerates the obstacles we face and shows us how they cause a sense of internal disconnection and the chain of events which arises consequently. What we need to watch for are the symptoms - so that we recognize when it is time to turn inwards - before the problem spirals out of control. Obstacles in the Yoga Sūtras 1.30 ― 1.40: This week we discuss sūtras 1.30 ― 1.31, the list of problems & their symptoms … Check it out … ॐ Tat Sat! If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please do enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्

1hr 3mins

13 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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Ep. 1.18: Obstacles - Symptoms, Remedies & Immunity (Sūtras 1.31 - 1.33)

Obstacles in the Yoga Sūtras 1.30 ― 1.40: This week we discuss sūtras 1.31 ― 1.33, the list of symptoms, their remedies & ultimate immunity … Check it out … ॐ Tat Sat! Patañjali shows us the symptoms that give character to life’s obstacle - like being stressed, feeling dejected, having chronic or recurring physical ailments, and the loss of ease in our breath. Once these are noticed and we realize that we need to get back on track, we must then turn towards a single remedy for assistance. But, Patañjali continues taking us even further into the world of obstacles. Before he enumerates a host of various ways to regain our balance, he shows us how to become immune to all of this chaos in the first place - by the cultivation of maitrī (loving-kindness), karuṇā (compassion), mudita (joyousness) & upekṣa (even-mindedness) our mind & our experience of life becomes saturated with grace. If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please do enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्

56mins

20 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Ep. 1.16: Connecting with Īśvara (Sūtras 1.27 - 1.29)

Patañjali discusses Īśvara (Life Intellengent Energy) from sūtras 1.23 ― 1.29. The first sūtra (1.23) juxtapositions the previous section about developing skills with the next section which is about managing obstacles. Sūtras 1.24 ― 1.26 describe the qualities & nature of Īśvara; while sūtras 1.27 ― 1.29 discuss connecting with Īśvara.  In this week’s Satsaṅga episode: We discuss the chanting of "AUṀ" as the way to bring the mind inward and connect with the qualities previously discussed about the energy known as Īśvara (sūtras 1.27 - 1.29). Check it out … ॐ Tat Sat! If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्

47mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Ep. 2.01: Talk on Bandhas & Prāṇāyāma - David Andrew Miliotis - Ashtanga Yoga

Mūla, Uḍiyāna & Jalaṁdhara Bandhas with Prāṇāyāma: What are bandhas? How do they work? How do we do them to smoothly untie the knots in our body allowing the blood & prāṇa to flow more completely into all parts of our body?  A talk before Saturday morning zoom Led Primary Series class (2020 April 04). Purchase my Sanskrit & Chanting books here: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books To learn more about our offerings or to make a donation in support of our work, please visit our website: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/payments View as video on Youtube.com/ashtangayoga here: https://youtu.be/Kp2NMfVbM_4

5mins

5 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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Ep. 1.15: The Three Qualities of Īśvara (Sūtras 1.24 - 1.26)

Patañjali discusses Īśvara (Life Intellengent Energy) from sūtras 1.23 ― 1.29. The first sūtra (1.23) juxtapositions the previous section about developing skills with the next section which is about managing obstacles. Sūtras 1.24 ― 1.26 describe the qualities & nature of Īśvara; while sūtras 1.27 ― 1.29 discuss connecting with Īśvara.  In this week’s Satsaṅga episode: We discuss the qualitative nature of this Īśvara Energy (sūtras 1.24 - 1.26). Check out the discussion … ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्

55mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Ep. 1.19: Obstacles - Immunity from Chaos & Breath as a Remedy (Sūtras 1.33 - 1.34)

Obstacles in the Yoga Sūtras 1.30 ― 1.40: This week we discuss sūtras 1.33 ― 1.34, Immunity from Chaos & Breath as a Remedy … Check it out … ॐ Tat Sat! Through the cultivation of maitrī (loving-kindness), karuṇā (compassion), mudita (joyousness) & upekṣa (even-mindedness) we become gracious. If we can become saturated enough with these qualities (The Four Immeasurables: brahma vihāras), so much so that no matter what pokes us in life, no matter how sharply we are poked by life, by others, we should bleed only these qualities: love (maitrī), compassion (karuṇā), joy (mudita), equanimity (upekṣa). This is the way to gain immunity, to cure ourselves of suffering. Our reaction to life, our self-generated suffering is itself the obstacle. Because, when our mind twists upon itself, we no longer see clearly nor can we experience happiness. When this happens, the first suggestion Patañjali teaches is to breathe with an extra focus on exhalation which grounds & calms the system. If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books, please enjoy and support this endeavor by sharing & reviewing it! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्

1hr 1min

29 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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Ep. 1.21: Steering the Course & Quieting the Mind (Sūtras 1.40 - 1.41) - David Andrew Miliotis - Ashtanga Yoga

Steering the Course & Quieting the Mind - This week we discuss Patañjali's Yoga Sūtras 1.40 & 1.41: When we can keep ourselves on track, we move through life's trials graciously. A quiet mind (Samāpatti) is key to this process (results from this process) and connects us better with reality … Check it out … ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books, please enjoy and support this endeavor by sharing & reviewing it! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्

59mins

16 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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Ep. 2.02: Patanjali Yoga Sutras - All 4 Chapters Chanting - David Andrew Miliotis - Ashtanga Yoga

Patañjali Yoga Sūtras - Saṁpūrṇa Pārayaṇa Chanting of all 4 Pādas: Blessings to everyone on this rainy day in quarantine. May compassion for all grow boundlessly in our hearts and the earth be healed from her burdens that all life may prosper & be happy: Swasti Prajabhyah - Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu - Om Peace, Peace, Peace. Yoga Sutras chanting can be found in Sanskrit & Chanting, Vol. 3, beginning on Pg. 41 or also in Vol. 4. Books may be purchased here: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books To learn more about our offerings or to make a donation in support of our work, please visit our website: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/payments https://youtu.be/i_W9W08im9Q

52mins

9 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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Ep. 1.22: The Shift from Projection to Reception (Sūtras 1.41 - 1.44) - David Andrew Miliotis - Ashtanga Yoga

Samāpatti, Quieting the Mind - The Shift from Projection to Reception: This week we discuss Patañjali's Yoga Sūtras 1.41 - 1.44: How do we move across the spectrum from a mind that projects self-invented ideas & conclusions about people & reality (aka our psychological baggage) into a mind that perceives things as they exist in the moment  … Listen to the chanting & discussion … ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books, please enjoy and support this endeavor by sharing & reviewing it! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्

1hr 11mins

17 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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Ep. 2.13: Yoga Sutras 3.09 - 3.12 Vibhuti Pada - David Andrew Miliotis - Ashtanga Yoga

View this Podcast on Youtube: https://youtu.be/x-VN3G6a82s Third Chapter, Vibhūti Pāda - Live Class: Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm (PDT), May 13 – July 29 Yoga Sūtras Vibhūti Pāda, can be found in Sanskrit & Chanting, Vol. 3, Pg. 54, or Vol. 4, Pg. 13. Books available in PDF & Print  here: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books Chanting & Studying the 3rd Chapter of the Yoga Sūtras, Vibhūti Pāda: Chapters 1 & 2 lay the basis for the entire yogic process. Chapter 1 lays the primary foundational stone of clarity & clam. Chapter 2 gives the secondary step of self-analysis and asks us to dive deeply into the study & practice of the first four limbs: Yama, Niyama, Āsana & Prāṇāyāma. Once well established in these limbs, Chapter 3 presents an organized approach to the self-analysis processes. This third chapter, Vibhūti Pāda, directs our attention to certain aspects of ourselves. First on the list: Develop the art of listening without superimposing our own thoughts on to what is heard. Patañjali also takes us step-by-step through various places in the body. All this to assist our process of becoming more purposeful, more awakened in our lives. Chapter 3, Vibhūti Pāda provides us with a checklist for thorough progress in Rāja Yoga. These classes always express the Sūtras in a practical manner relevant to the modern Yogī / Yoginī. And in this process, you will learn to recite each sūtra, the meaning of each word, and also how the sūtras are inter-related to one another. Study of the Yoga Sūtras is a complex and intricate process that never ceases to fascinate & inspire our relationship with life & yoga for years on end. To learn more about our offerings or to make a donation in support of our work, please visit our website: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/payments

57mins

25 May 2020

Rank #14

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Ep. 2.10: Chanting Level I (Pt. 2/5 - Sanskrit Pronunciation in Detail) - David Andrew Miliotis - Ashtanga Yoga

View this Podcast on Youtube: https://youtu.be/P2TISKtjkkM During these 5 Sundays - from May 3 thru 31 - we will chant, call & response, all important mantras of Ashtānga Yoga: Opening & Closing Ashtanga Chants The 4 Pranayama Mantras The 5 Mangala Mantra Verses We cover these mantras word by words, verses by verse. The greater we understand these mantras, the more we empower our chanting with focus & greater soul force. Chanting Level I covers the curriculum found in Sanskrit & Chanting, Vol. 1. Books may be purchased here: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books To learn more about our offerings or to make a donation in support of our work, please visit our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/payments samjiva.com  |  youtube.com/ashtangayoga  |  @akuseeda

1hr 10mins

15 May 2020

Rank #15

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Ep. 2.09: Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2.49 - 2.55 - David Andrew Miliotis - Ashtanga Yoga

View this Podcast on Youtube: https://youtu.be/lBz2OUskCRY Chanting & Studying the 2nd Chapter of the Yoga Sūtras, Sādhana Pāda: This is an extremely important chapter about actual practice. Chapters 1 & 2 lay the basis for the entire yogic process. Chapter 1 gives us the first step, chapter 2 gives the remaining steps to be taken provided the first step is securely in place. Chapter 3, for advanced practitioners, gives organization to the processes detailed in chapter 2, and chapter 4, the final chapter, explains how to understand the whole process of yoga. Chapter 2, Sādhana Pāda provides us with the nuts & bolts for pursuing yoga. All Sūtras presented in a practical manner suitable for the modern Yogī & Yoginī.  The remaining classes cover Aṣṭāṅga Yoga (The Eight Limbs). We will complete the 2nd Chapter, Sādhana Pāda, April 29, Wed. Class meets, Mon & Wed, 6:00 - 7:00 pm (PDT). Yoga Sūtras Sādhana Pāda chanting can be found in Sanskrit & Chanting, Vol. 3, beginning on Pg. 48 or also in Vol. 4. Books may be purchased here: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books To learn more about our offerings or to make a donation in support of our work, please visit our website: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/payments

1hr 5mins

11 May 2020

Rank #16

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Ep. 2.08: Patanjali Yoga Sutras 2.38 - 2.46 - David Andrew Miliotis - Ashtanga Yoga

View this Podcast on Youtube: https://youtu.be/qwngDFgJ3Fc Chanting & Studying the 2nd Chapter of the Yoga Sūtras, Sādhana Pāda: This is an extremely important chapter about actual practice. Chapters 1 & 2 lay the basis for the entire yogic process. Chapter 1 gives us the first step, chapter 2 gives the remaining steps to be taken provided the first step is securely in place. Chapter 3, for advanced practitioners, gives organization to the processes detailed in chapter 2, and chapter 4, the final chapter, explains how to understand the whole process of yoga. Chapter 2, Sādhana Pāda provides us with the nuts & bolts for pursuing yoga. All Sūtras presented in a practical manner suitable for the modern Yogī & Yoginī.  The remaining classes cover Aṣṭāṅga Yoga (The Eight Limbs). We will complete the 2nd Chapter, Sādhana Pāda, April 29, Wed. Class meets, Mon & Wed, 6:00 - 7:00 pm (PDT). Yoga Sūtras Sādhana Pāda chanting can be found in Sanskrit & Chanting, Vol. 3, beginning on Pg. 48 or also in Vol. 4. Books may be purchased here: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books To learn more about our offerings or to make a donation in support of our work, please visit our website: https://www.ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/payments

1hr 1min

8 May 2020

Rank #17

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Ep. 1.13: In Pursuit of a Goal (Yoga Sūtras 1.20 - 1.22)

This week’s Satsaṅga episode: The strength or weakness of our conviction infects the resulting process as we head forth in pursuit of a goal. What are the levels we must gain in order to reach the goal? Check out the discussion on Yoga Sūtras 1.20 - 1.22 … ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्

1hr 18mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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Ep. 1.12: On Mastering a Subject (Yoga Sūtras 1.17 - 1.19)

This week’s Satsaṅga episode: Whatever we practice for a long time, we become good at! But have you ever thought about the stages of development we go through as mastery of a subject is developing? Check out the discussion on Yoga Sūtras 1.17 - 1.19 … ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्

52mins

8 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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Ep. 1.11: Vairāgya the Compliment to Practice (Yoga Sūtras 1.15 - 1.16)

This week’s Satsaṅga episode: Today we had an in-depth discussion about Vairāgya, the compliment to yoga practice (or abhyāsa). Check out the discussion on Yoga Sūtras 1.15 - 1.16 … ॐ Tat Sat If you would like to follow along, with the chanting & lessons in this podcast, you can purchase our textbooks, Sanskrit & Chanting, through our website: ashtangayogaorangecounty.com/books or you can always just listen … either way, please enjoy! The opening mantras are found in Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 3, Page 1 & 2, or Sanskrit & Chanting Vol. 1, Pages 2 - 10. ॐ तत्सत्

1hr 9mins

8 Nov 2019

Rank #20