Abhyasa & Vairagya Through the Iyengar Lens

Abhyasa and Vairagya describe the dual pathways of action and dispassion. This short subject introduces us to the twin pillars of Yoga.

In the Yoga Sutras Patanjali gives the two general means of practice. In the opening chapter he indicates Abhyasa/Vairagya (Action and dispassion) for those who are supremely intense in their efforts.

Yoga Australia · 7 March 2023

Course Overview

In the Yoga Sutras Patanjali gives the two general means of practice. In the opening chapter he indicates Abhyasa/Vairagya, (action and dispassion) for those who are supremely intense in their efforts and, in the second chapter he provides a second set of practices called Kriyayoga, (Tapas/Svadhyaya/Ishvara pranidhana), for those of more moderate means.

This subject contains articles, videos, and quotes from a diverse set of authors with the aim to broaden your understanding. Quotes are accompanied by an extract of the text and it is advisable to immerse yourself in the subject, digesting the content thoroughly. Apply a reflective mode, where you might print and read an article prior to, or immediately after practice and keep a reflective journal to note your experiences. More importantly, support the authors by purchasing the publications for your own library. Articles and book extracts are provided for student study material only and comply with copyright laws.

Alan Goode Abhyasa & Vairagya

About the Presenter

Alan Goode is the Director of Yoga Mandir in Canberra. He holds a Junior Advanced Level 2 teaching certificate in Iyengar Yoga. Alan has studied regularly at the RIMY Institute in Pune, India with the Iyengar family for 40 years.

Alan started practising yoga in 1975 in Sydney and commenced teaching in 1982 and has practiced and taught Yoga throughout his life. Alan is passionately involved with the practice of yoga and its application to daily life. Through his writing he unravels the themes of the yoga sutras and demonstrates their link to our daily practice.

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