Meditation is integral to the experience of yoga and we might ask ourselves the question, if meditation is not included in a sadhana (practice), is it really yoga? This course explores the historical roots of how and why meditation became central to yoga. We explore the powerful notion within yoga that everything is “mind made”. By way of suspending sensory awareness, building concentration, insight and absorption, the yogi is freed from anguish, anxiety and suffering. We will emphasize how meditative awareness is anchored in the body and how meditation is like a sword that cuts through the cobwebs of delusional thinking. We will see how yoga is essentially a practice of realization by seeing into the nature of mind. Each module includes take home meditation practices.
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.