Practical Wisdom Workshops

A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body


Date: 18th of March 2023
Sat 10:00-11:30am AEST

Philippa Street

Cost: $15.00


Online via Zoom.
Meeting details will be supplied after registration.

A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body

A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body… The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali give an insight into how to achieve this.

The usual (or common) idea is that Yoga sutras are mostly about a healthy body, but in fact Patanjali concentrates on the healthy mind and how it can come to harmony and realise its essential nature leading to peace and bliss. He identifies the obstacles allowing us to be on the lookout and overcome them.


Philippa currently lectures Yoga teacher trainees in Philosophy, Sanskrit and Ayurveda as well as consulting in an Ayurvedic practice.

Her interest in practical philosophy began over 40 years ago and this led her to study Sanskrit and later Ayurveda to a professional level. She finds that Patanjali is both highly practical and accessible, that the wisdom found in the Yoga Sutras is most relevant to humanity today.

Why ‘my way’ turns out to be the wrong way (and what else is available to us).


This interactive presentation looks at why pursuing ‘my way’ only leads to frustration and complications.

If you have ever been at the beck and call of events, with a feeling of being at their mercy – with even more coming around the corner then this presentation is for you!

But is there an alternative and what is it?

Let’s open ourselves up to a possibility that there might be a more expansive, freer approach to life and all that it has to offer us.


Michael Smith is a recently retired commercial lawyer who was at one time the managing partner of a city law firm with over 120 staff. Practicing mainly in contract and business law, Michael provided advice to businesses of all sizes ranging from a major Australian bank to small and medium businesses with a practice also in sports and entertainment law. In recent years, he was the in-house lawyer at an inner-city council. A tutor and student of Philosophy, Michael also has a special interest in Plato and what Plato can tell us about life’s purpose and how to navigate it.