Yoga Sutras with Abhi Ghosh

Yoga Circle Presents:

Yoga Sutras with Abhi Ghosh

Saturdays, Apr 5 – May 10: 2.30 – 4 pm

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali has remained an indispensible handbook for all levels of yoga practitioners for more than two thousand years. It is the key book that unlocks some of the deeper dimensions of yoga and presents us with the bigger picture no matter what our background or tradition is. By studying the Sutras and its explanations, we access the insights of master practitioners from ancient India that broaden our vision of yoga and enlighten our own practice, whether we are just beginners or seasoned teachers. In this thorough and systematic course on the Sutras, we will:

Learn to chant the Sutras in its original Sanskrit
Decode the text to deepen our understanding
Individually and collectively contemplate on the Sutras
Study the traditional commentaries in translation
Implement the teachings in our real life
End some classes with a meditation session

We would be using Edwin Bryant’s Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Commentary, North Point Press, 2009.

Abhi Ghosh is an academic scholar of South Asian religions and has been a practitioner of bhakti-yoga for the last twenty-one years. He has spent considerable time in various monasteries in India has been trained at Calcutta and Jadavpur universities in India, Oxford University, UK and the University of Chicago. He has taught several courses in the areas of Hinduism, Buddhism, Tantra, Yoga Sutras and various other ‘Asian Classics’ at the University of Chicago’s Graham School. Since 2005 Abhi has travelled across India, Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and USA sharing his ideas and practices with hundreds of individuals.

Cost: $25 per class and $135 for all six classes

Iyengar yoga locations/teachers nearby Oak Park, IL:

Iyengar yoga locations/teachers nearby Oak Park, IL:

Yoga Circle in downtown Chicago has several Iyengar Teachers and classes throughout the week

Garden of Yoga in LaGrange has several Iyengar Teachers and classes throughout the week

Patrina Dobish teaches Iyengar yoga  in Chicago has a class starting Jan 10, 2013, Quilombo center, Chicago, Thursday 7-8:30 pm

Laura Lundy: Teaches an Iyengar yoga class in Oak Park and in LaGrange at the Garden of Yoga


Peer Yoga Group

Other possibilities in Oak Park/River Forest Area:

“Self-study group”, started in March 2013.

– We meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month, this is a student led, free yoga class.
– You’ll need to bring your own props, it’s at 7pm until about 8:30 pm.
– The class is open to all students.
– For exact location or if you have questions, contact Dan Waterloo at
– Our syllabus for the classes is Geeta Iyengar’s book:
– – Yoga in Action: A Preliminary Course
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Note: the charts/tables in the back of the book are incorrect, Joan has provided the changes to write in to correct the tables:


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Show #8 February 26, 2014 The Eight Limbs of Yoga


Hear about the 8 limbs yoga… ‘everyone’ is talking about them, but do you really know what they are?!

Did you ever want to skip your yoga class because the weather was ‘too bad’ or ‘too good’? Listen to Meera and Dan discuss this common occurance. Join in by sending an email to… let us know what you’re thinking!

Virabhadrasana_I_-_Warrior_Pose_I Pose of the week: Vīrabhadrāsana I
Warrior I

Show #7 February 19, 2014 Gabriel Halpern


Gabriel Halpern talks about the role of yoga in one’s life

Gabriel Halpern, owner of Yoga Circle in Chicago, IL, fills us in on how he got started in yoga over 40 years ago. In an ashram in California, he started learning, and teaching. From then to now, Gabriel talks about the yoga path, the roles of a teacher, managing family and yoga, and leadership.

Lastly, he discusses how yoga can help create a future that is worth living.

200px-Ardha-Chandrasana_Yoga-Asana_Nina-Mel Pose of the week: Parivṛtta Ardha Candrāsana

Revolved Half Moon Pose

Show #5 February 5, 2014 – Meg Shaw


Joining us is Meg Shaw: budding yogi!

Hear how Meg’s personal practice helps her in her day to day activities in the medical field, how she finds time for yoga each week, and how she first became interested in yoga.

It is a great story that we can all relate to… how to create a balance of modern life and yoga!

100px-Utthita-Parshvakonasana_Yoga-Asana_Nina-Mel Pose of the week: UtthitapārśvakoṇāsanaExtended side angle pose

Show #4 January 29, 2014

Show #4 January 29, 2014 – Meera Sanghani

meera Meet Meera Sanghani: yogi, philosopher, mother, fellow human.

Listen to her yoga path: how she handles being a mother and a yoga teacher, how her grandfather encouraged her to do yoga, and her mother won awards for knowledge of Sanskrit.

100px-Utthita-Parshvakonasana_Yoga-Asana_Nina-Mel Pose of the week: Utthitapārśvakoṇāsana

Extended side angle pose

Introducing the Yoga Sutras!

Show #3 January 15, 2014

 Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 3.40.36 PM Reading a book about the Yoga Sutras, I’m intrigued by the ‘taming of the mind’ introduced in the second sutra.

We cover the background of what the Sutras are, and look at Sutra 1 and Sutra 2. Trying to relate that to some of my experiences in day to day life, and why taming the mind seems so difficult.

Lastly, “Computer Guru” Dan Waterloo introduces ‘digital plane projection’ and how it reminds him of yoga postures, the nervous system, and linking to the universal energy/conciousness.

100px-Vriksasana_Yoga-Asana_Nina-Mel Pose of the week: Trikoṇāsana
Triangle Pose

Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

Show #2 January 8, 2014

Light on Yoga readings.

lightonyoga_1980 Found my “Light on Yoga” book I bought in 1980, thought I’d share a couple of paragraphs with the ‘radio listening universe’.

Starting a new year, it’s time good time to think ‘new beginning’. Some ideas for that, and a couple of thoughts on progressing, and staying current, and the tricks our mind plays on us.

Lastly, a session from the “Computer Guru”, by Dan Waterloo.

100px-Vriksasana_Yoga-Asana_Nina-Mel Pose of the week: Vṛkṣāsana

Tree Pose