Anybody who has been to one of John McConnell‘s yoga classes anytime in the last couple years can tell you the guy is totally gaga about the Radiance Sutras.
The Radiance Sutras are Lorin Roche’s modern interpretation of the Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra, written around 800 CE. The Tantric philosophy of yoga is based on the principle that the universe is the manifestation of divine energy and that you are a microcosm of the universe.
The Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra is essentially a lovers’ conversation between Shiva and Shakti about how to meditate and be happy. There are 112 sutras, or poems. Lorin Roche calls them the yoga of wonder and delight and some of them are pretty steamy. All of them are delightful and accessible. The premise of the Radiance Sutras and the Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra is that you can find happiness if you just take a moment to look for it. Spoiler alert: you’ll find it within!
Join John and friends* on Saturday, December 19, 6-8pm for a Sutra Jam, a yoga, music, dance party to celebrate the Solstice. A lead yoga practice accompanied by live music (by Patrick McAndrew) and punctuated by short, inspired readings from the Radiance Sutras. We’ll top off the night with chocolate and maybe even some ambrosia.
Here are a couple Sutra examples from The Radiance Sutras to get you in the mood:
Breathing in the flow of the divine,
Where the rhythms of life turn into each other—
The eternal exchange.
Pour one breath into the other,
Outbreath into the inbreath
Into the outbreath.
Awaken to equanimity,
At peace with the play of opposites.
You Whose Existence Melts Me,
Whenever you dissolve into helpless laughter—
Transported by a magic show,
Antics or jokes,
Having your armpits tickled,
Drenched by a sudden shower,
Or any of Nature’s tricks—
Dive into the source of that laughter.
Surrender to the surge of joy
Illuminating the essence of reality.
*Elyce Neuhauser will be up from NYC where she teaches Prana Flow and Yoga Trance Dance.

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