In yoga seeing is equated with knowing. Yet this seeing is not merely to see with the eyes but involves another kind of seeing. In this course, we explore the art of seeing. We consider the third verse of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras that suggests that the very essence of yoga is seeing. In the practice of yoga postures, we focus the gaze called drsti in order to concentrate awareness. In rituals of devotion throughout India, yoga requires being “seen” by the deity. To be seen by a force greater than ourselves is critical to yogic revelation. This involves not only being seen but seeing the power of the divine. In this class, we explore darshan as instrumental to the path of yoga and how yogic seeing leads to a state of profound union.
Tias Little synthesizes more than 30 years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhism, anatomy, and trauma healing in his dynamic, original style of teaching. Tias was an English major at Amherst College and earned a Master’s degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe in 1998. Tias co-directs Prajna Yoga, an internationally-acclaimed yoga school located in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Surya. He is the author of three books: Meditations on a Dewdrop, Yoga of the Subtle Body, and Practice is the Path: Lessons and Reflections on the Transformative Power of Yoga.