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Yoga Talk & Practice: “Patañjali’s Ashtanga Yoga (Eight Limbs of Yoga)”

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Cullen Sculpture Garden
Montrose Boulevard at Bissonnet Street Map & Directions

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Sri N. V. Raghuram, director for spiritual studies, SVYASA Yoga University, India; and chairman and founder of Yoga Bharati, USA.

Friends of Asian Art and the Museum’s department of learning and interpretation invite you to join world-renowned yoga instructor and practitioner Sri N. V. Raghuram as he introduces The Yoga Sūtras and their application for chanting, breathing, and meditation while surrounded by sculptures of Hindu gods related to yogic practice in the Nidhika and Pershant Mehta Arts of India Gallery. Following the discussion, guests are invited to join in a yoga meditation session in the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden.

The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali have long been considered the definitive work on traditional yoga practice. For thousands of years, the yoga sūtras (general truths or teachings) were passed along as an oral tradition through an unbroken lineage of gurus and disciples who worked closely together to preserve and practice the sacred teachings. The sūtras serve as the means for practitioners to reach the ultimate aim of yoga—Kaivalya, meaning freedom, salvation, and liberation. 

Patañjali describes a methodology for the practice of traditional yoga called the “eight-fold path” or the “eight limbs of yoga” (Ashtanga yoga). The third limb of yoga, namely the practice of Asanas (postures) has become popular in the West. As a result, most people in the United States associate yoga only with the Asanas, the exercises, when in reality, yoga is so much more than that—it is a way of life.

Drop in! This program is free. Camp seating is provided. Please bring your yoga mat for the Sculpture Garden portion of the event.

Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; the National Museum of Korea;
Mr. William J. Hill;  the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Crain Foundation; TMK IPSCO; Cameron International Corporation; Aggie and Joe Foster; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.