Exporing the Citta Bhumis

Exporing the Citta Bhumis

Jill Harris

The Philosophy of Yoga is a series of workshops exploring a deeper dive into what yoga really is!

How can yoga practice lead us to a better understanding of our own own mind?

How can knowing about our mind allow access to more happiness and freedom?

Yoga as a system or philosophy extends far beyond the realm of asana practice. All yoga impacts the layers of our inner world and ultimately our mind. As soon as we try to focus the mind on a posture or particular breath during yoga we are using it in away that leads us towards a path of self realisation.

Our mind challenges us constantly as it perceives by the information being fed into it. The goal of yoga is to merge this dislocation between self and the outside so that we experience less unhappiness or dissatisfaction and begin to perceive more clearly. This is a process of transformation.

These monthly workshops each introduce an aspect of yoga philosophy that allows us to our self in a more whole way – beyond the concept of asana and the body. Concepts from Ayurveda and the Vedic texts The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita are the main focus.

Each session will involved a 2 hour presentation/discussion on the topic and conclude with a 30 minute meditative practice to transform and lighten body and mind.

Workshops are suitable for both yoga students and teachers wanting to dive deeper.

February 8 – The Citta-Bhumis are the states of the mind. According to the text The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, these states can either help or hindrance us. The monkey mind is one example of these states of mind.  A dull and unfocused mind is another.

As humans we move regularly between these states and others in between. This is why yoga becomes a great pathway to managing these fluctuations. For a state of yoga to happen, the mind needs to evolve to clarity but this is not always a simple path. Discover what the different states of mind are, why they might occur and how they might affect us. Ways to navigate them will be explored through the tools of yoga and Ayurveda – moving towards the ‘yoga’ state.