Unpacking the Sutras of Patanjali with Mado Hesselink Biddle
Saturday, May 4
Lunch Break: 12noon-2pm
Both Sessions Required – No partial attendance
Most of us are introduced to the Yoga Sutras in disjointed snippets presented out of context. Those inspired to seek further are often daunted by the terse text and copious commentary. It would take a lifetime to truly understand the concepts laid out in this short work and yet Patanjali has a lot to offer busy contemporary yoga practitioners.
We will humbly examine this text with curiosity and discernment, seeking its relevance for us as a culture and as individuals. Each participant will be invited to question, practice, and draw their own conclusions about the ideas and methods Patanjali shares. In a group setting, the daunting task of diving into an ancient text becomes enjoyable, accessible, and alive with nuance. Expect journaling, small group discussion, asana, pranayama, and meditation as we explore the most famous yogic text.
About Mado Hesselink Biddle, E-RYT 500
I love to grow vegetables, put large amounts of weight over my head, and dance to just about anything with a good beat. I am a total wimp about the cold (maybe because I grew up in Hawaii) and sometimes indulge in 2-3 hot baths per day in the winter.
In the 2002, after I graduated from college, I was hit with the worst bout of depression I had ever experienced. Yoga became my lifeline through this time and I was inspired to sign up for a teacher training in order to study it more deeply.
I completed the Asheville Yoga Center Teacher training program in 2005 and was fortunate to immediately begin teaching at the Downtown Asheville YMCA. Teaching at the YMCA I observed and assisted thousands of students of varying experience and ability and I consider that time to be my second teacher training. Since then I have completed hundreds hours of additional study including more teacher trainings because the depth of this practice never ceases to blow my mind.