Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The focus of these classes will provide an insight into the core teachings of Eastern Mysticism and in doing so provide the participants with an integration of those principles into their own practice regardless of religious tradition.
This study is for anyone who is walking the mystical path toward wholeness and awakening. It will provide deeper insight for those involved in interfaith studies and those practicing The Way of the 12 Steps in recovery.
Dr. LaChance will review the four chapters of the Yoga Sutras: 1) the restrictions of the movements of the mind 2) a means to travel straight toward a goal and the proper means to achieve the goal 3) understanding the supernatural powers bestowed by yoga practice 4) achieving oneness. Through teaching, discussion and meditation, Albert will lead participants into an experiential appreciation of Patanjali’s eternal insights.
Start Date: September 18
Number of Classes: 4
Number of Participants: Min 6/Max 15
Day/Time: September 18, October 2, 16, 30
Wednesdays, 6-8 pm
Book Required: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda, published by Integral Yoga Publishers.
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Albert J. LaChance, Ph.D., CAS
Dr. LaChance has taught nationally on Psychology and Spirituality for Cross Country University. He has been an adjunct professor at UNH, New England College, Granite State College and OLLI. He is the author of seven books on the intersection of psychology, spirituality and ecology. With his wife, Carol, he has facilitated retreats and programs on spirituality. Dr. LaChance has been involved in serious study of world religions for almost fifty years. He ran Greenspirit Counseling Associates for twenty-five years, an agency dealing with psychological and spiritual healing. He is a certified Addiction Specialist in all addictions. His first book, Cultural Addiction is a 12 Step program that deals with the healing of the earth. The companion volume, an eco-spiritual book The Architecture of the Soul, creates a new personality model, which LaChance calls Unitive Psychology, a healing of the individual soul through all faith traditions. He studied with his mentor, Fr. Thomas Berry, author of The Dream of the Earth, one on one for six years at his Riverdale Center for Religious Research in New York. The core truths of this study are the spiritual and ecological teachings of Teilhard de Chardin.