One Sutra for a Lifetime (1.25CR)

What are the practical ways that one can engage with a sutra? How does the reading of ancient texts relate to Hatha yoga practice? Join Iyengar teacher, Nikki Costello, as she explores sutras that have transformed her life.

PREVIEW: "How to have a relationship with Yoga Philosophy"


  • how a celebrated NYC Iyengar teacher discovered the beauty of yoga philosophy.
  • the practical and philosophical significance of one of the most popular Sutras.
  • how to integrate a sutra into your daily life.
  • INCLUDED PRACTICES: led meditation w/ Nikki

One Sutra for a Lifetime

"I accepted the invitation to teach yoga over 22 years ago. The transformation that was taking place within me had created a well of enthusiasm to draw from, and yet, when I began to speak about yoga, the vastness of the subject was overwhelming. There was one sutra I could hold on to.

Young people sat in front of me each day, and it was my responsibility to engage them in the subject. What I quickly recognized was that their presence was giving me purpose. My studentship accelerated, and in my own practice they were there with me, as I studied the asanas in my body, for their bodies. I found myself observing students in class and later critiquing myself and all the ways I could have explained or demonstrated something better. This type of contemplation also known as self-inquiry led to ongoing refinement and the realization that I was having an inner dialogue with the subject of yoga that filled my days and inspired a new focus in my life.

The first sutra I heard, sthira sukham asanam, was the thread that tethered me to the practice and has continued to reveal its essence with greater clarity, depth and experiential wisdom. In the hatha yoga tradition, it is one we repeat with discipline and regularity. Yet, beyond its Steady walls there is an inexplicable Joy that words aim to describe and only time and practice can reveal."


Nikki Costello is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga for 22 years and was previously certified in Jivamukti Yoga and Anusara Yoga. For 8 years, she taught exclusively for the SYDA Foundation, as a hatha yoga and meditation teacher. As part of the organization she taught hatha yoga in retreats and events in North America, South America, Europe, India and China. It was during this time that she began cultivating a practice of meditation and deepened her study of yogic scriptures and philosophical texts.

She lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and teaches public classes at Kula Yoga in Tribeca and Williamsburg and Yoga Shanti. She maintains a well-recognized private practice in New York City, training and guiding individuals on all levels of their health and well-being.

Nikki is passionate about sharing her study and practice of yoga. She has created several unique educational opportunities for yoga students which include: The Teachers Practice, The Mentor Practice, The Sutra Practice and The Enrichment Practice. She continues to lead retreats and workshops all over the world and in 2013-2014 was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal, writing the magazine’s “Basics Column.”

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.25 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here. 

The masterclass runs for about 75 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.


If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 


“This talk with Nikki was really beautiful. I love how it included a bit of philosophy and also a meditation practice.”   Alice

“Nikki's teachings are always pround while still remaining practical. She is an eloquent and thoughtful teacher who makes complicated philosophical topics accessible and timely.” – Jacob

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John


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