This is an old and at times difficult book, but if you learn anything from this workshop, it will be that the Yoga Sutra is very much alive today, and for all of us!
We will also learn how to chant the original Sanskrit, thus entering into the mystical, non-intellectual plane of the text ‒ as well as engaging in a very corporeal, physical practice. For this reason, we will learn the basics of correct Sanskrit pronunciation, how to chant mantras and discuss the meaning and purpose of mantras in yoga in general.
Furthermore, in the context of studying the Yoga Sutra, we will discuss and familiarise ourselves with many basic terms and concepts of Yoga philosophy not always explicitly mentioned in the text but vital for its correct understanding.
The course does not require any previous knowledge of the subjects. Bring your own Yoga Sutra with you, if you have one. Any edition is OK as long as it includes the Sanskrit text.
The course is divided into three sections, of which the first is a general introduction to the text and its author, the legendary Patanjali. In the other sections we will explore some of the central parts of the text in-depth. Each section will comprise of a lecture, chanting, exercises and discussion.
Payment and cancellation policy. Full payment is required to reserve your spot. There will be a 20% administration fee on refunds for cancellations made one week in advance. There are no refunds for cancellations made less than one week prior to the workshop start date.
Måns began his yogic path in his late teens, when he joined the Hare Krishnas and lived in an ashrama, devoting himself fully to the path of bhakti-yoga. After about a year he moved back into the world, trying to apply the teachings he learned in the ashrama, and also delving more deeply into the teachings of the tradition of Krishna-bhakti. These studies eventually led to a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion from Åbo Akademi University, Finland, where he works as adjunct professor.
Måns has also studied Sanskrit at Uppsala University, Sweden, and (together with Martin Gansten) published a critically acclaimed first ever complete translation of the principal Upanishads into Swedish. He has recently published an introduction to the Hindu scriptures in Swedish and a book of religious poetry in Sanskrit. He is also the editor-in-chief of a Finnish yoga-magazine Ananda and teaches and writes about yoga philosophy.
Being a very non-physical, but more intellectual person, Måns would never have taken up astanga yoga had not Petri Räisänen asked him to teach at Koh Mak in 2006. Out of curiosity and social pressure (not too much!) he decided to give astanga a shot during his two weeks of teaching, and found to his surprise that he liked it. He has been practicing astanga since then – though with a small baby in the family, not so much lately – and is very happy about this new addition to his yogic practices.
Måns Broo doing a traditional Indian puja at Mysore Yoga CPH One Year Anniversary, see more photos here.
”Do your practice and all is coming.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” ― Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
"Astanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory." ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Everyone can practice Astanga yoga. Except lazy people.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is." ― Bhagavad Gita
“The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice.” ― Bhagavad Gita
“Asana practise is for 2 hours. Yoga practise is for 24 hours.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”When the mind is quiet, the asana is correct.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”This is not a gym, you are not here to work out. You are here to bring peace to yourself, to know who you are.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”With practice anything is possible.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
“The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.” ― Bhagavad Gita