Perhaps this is too serious a topic for a Friday night, but, hey, we’re up to it! The subject relates to the sutra of the day – how we know ourselves.
Here’s a lovely video that I think illustrates an idea from Goethe: “being a wheel rolling from its own centre.” This is a simple, accessible video class from a series by American, John McConnell, and it’s called “Knowing Yourself Through Awareness.”
I learned yoga with a great deal of emphasis on the physical; this is the way Iyengar yoga presents itself to the untrained. With enough experience however, and probably learning through many errors along the way, the body can become the vehicle for focus and interiorisation of attention. A combination of patience, kindness and rigour will hopefully lead to self-knowing, as modelled in the relaxed manner of the teacher in this video.
Then the individual begins to know himself.*
*Patanjali’s Yogasutras, an introduction, translation and commentary by T.K.V.Desikachar