Self Regulation and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali – Free Event!



The focus of this work is a meditation on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.  The course will offer a close reading and interpretation of the Yoga Sutra based on the translation of Georg Feuerstein, and based on the Sanskrit text that is the basis of the translation.

PatanjaliThe yoga sutra is a text on the body, mind, and spirit, and so the effort of the course will be to approach interpreting this work on these three levels.

We will provide a philosophical balance to the work.  There is a component of the Yoga Sutra that is rightly indicated to be highly performative in nature and practical.  Yet the translation provided by Feuerstein remains… too technological and cognitive. Approaching as a balance to Feuerstein’s work we will employ a reading of Martin Heidegger’s Memorial Address, which contains a greater depth of suggestion than the Feuerstein translation allows.

The key concepts from the Memorial Address that we will apply to the Yoga Sutra is the notion of “Calculative” versus “Meditative” thinking, and the notion of Gelassenheit, “Releasement,” which will be applied both to our understanding of samadhi, “entasy,” and kaivalya, “aloneness.”

Click here to read Professor Ayres’ Introduction to Self-Regulation.

This event is FREE and open to the public.  Limited seating, will take place in the research library.

Learning Objectives:

To provide a reading that will engage meditatively with the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.

To performatively express the reading of the Yoga Sutra as an act of Self-Regulation and meditation.

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Justin Ayres was born and raised in the Los Angeles region.  He received his bachelors in philosophy from Colorado College, with a minor degree in the study of classical Greece.  His thesis work was on the Aesthetics of Hegel.  He received both his master’s degree and his doctorate from Pacifica Graduate institute.  HIs master’s degree was in Counseling Psychology: with a thesis entitled “Encounters with C.G. Jung’s Mysterium Coniunctionis.”  The thesis provided a reading and interpretation of Jung’s magnum opus, setting it in context of religious and alchemical work, particularly the “Aegean Festival,” a meditation on Faust by Kerenyi, “The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz,” and “Aurora Consurgens,” a text attributed to St. Thomas Acquinas as interpreted by Marie-Louise Von Franz.  His doctoral dissertation was an effort toengage and inquire into the mythology and construction of research itself: it was an effort to synthesize Jung’s psychology, Literary Theory, and Postmodernism: Research as Fictional Act. It attempted to conceptualize the notion of Research from the writings of seminal literary figures: Jung, Dostoevsky, Dante, and Robert Musil.  Dr. Ayres practices psychotherapy in San Pedro, near the Port of Los Angeles, working with children, adults and families on processes of play, individuation, and integration of the unconscious as manifested in dreams and waking life.

Justin Ayres is currently engaged in a long term study of physical yoga (Hatha) based on the teaching of BKS Iyengar, as interpreted by the teaching of Ana Forest. His current studies are inspired by the teachings of his guru, Dr. Arwind Vasavada: the study of the Yoga Sutra, the Secret of the Golden Flower, and teachings from the Upanishads.

Schedule Day 1 (May 17th):

11:00 Introduction

12:15 Samadhi Pada: Part I

1:30 Lunch Break

2:30 Samadhi Pada: Part II

3:45 Sadhana Pada: Part I

5:00 Sadhana Pada: Part II

6:30 End of Day 1

Schedule Day 2 (May 18th):

11:00 Vibuti Pada: Part I

12:15 Vibuti Pada Part II

1:30 Lunch Break

2:30 Kaivalya Pada Part I

3:45 Kaivalya Pada Part II

5:00 Conclusion: Memorial Address by

Martin Heidegger: Gelassenheit

6:30 End of Day 2

Materials Necessary (Available in our Bookstore):

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: Feuerstein (1989)

Discourse on Thinking: Heidegger, Anderson and Freund (1966)


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