The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali define and describe the purpose and results of yoga practice. The process of chanting the sutras invites a unique quality of relationship with the ancient and timeless wisdom presented in these brief and potent aphorisms. The sutras are rich with suggestions that influence our approach to yoga practice, and illuminate how our practice supports us as we navigate the responsibilities of daily life.The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali is the foundational text of many lineages of yoga. Learning to chant the sutras is a wonderful way to refine our pronunciation of Sanskrit terms and broaden our understanding of the depth of the yoga tradition. This series will present the chanting of selected sutras as taught by TKV Desikachar.
The classes will include traditional sutra chanting, presentation and discussion of important concepts and are suitable for inquiring students of all levels. Registered students will receive recordings of selected portions of the class to facilitate on-going practice.
All chant materials will be emailed as pdfs for printing.
These courses are registered with Yoga Alliance for Continuing Education.
Linda Spackman began practicing yoga in 1984 and began teaching in 2000. Her classes include āsana, prāṇāyāma, Bhagavad Gītā, Yoga Sūtra and Vedic Chant. She teaches with Tias and Surya Little at Prajna Yoga, at the Vedic Chant Center and Yoga Source in Santa Fe, NM. Linda imparts her joy and underlying reverence for all aspects of yoga in every class. Her teaching style is accessible yet challenging for all levels of practice, from beginner to lifelong practitioner.
Linda is a long-time student of Sonia Nelson, with whom she regularly studies the Yoga Sūtras, Bhagavad Gītā, Vedic chant, prāṇāyāma and meditation. Sonia, a personal student of TKV Desikachar, is a rare teacher whose gift is imparting an understanding of both the tradition and depth of yoga, and how these teachings apply in everyday life.
Linda also treasures the opportunity to study with Patricia Walden, one of the most senior teachers of Iyengar yoga. Linda is continually inspired by Patricia’s dynamic teaching and the devotion and refined elegance of her practice.
A long-time prenatal and postpartum teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist, Linda specializes in yoga for all phases of a woman’s life.
In addition to public classes and intensives, Linda enjoys working one-on-one with students in private settings. With a keen eye for alignment and broad understanding of yoga practices, Linda supports students’ progress step-by-step through structured self-practice.