In the Yoga Sutra‘s Chapter 1.33, Pantanjali gives us a four-part process to help us clear our hearts of negative energies as a means for quieting our minds. These are known as the Four Keys to Happiness. So what are …
Ok, so you’re practicing the yamas—ready for more? The niyamas, or restraints, are another set of practices outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. If the yamas have a lot to do with our behavior toward others, practicing the niyamas, we cultivate …
Everywhere I go it seems there are new yoga fads popping up. I want to know what makes a yoga class yoga and not just a trend. According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, there are eight “limbs” of yoga. …
In the yoga sutras, we’re given a few key points as to how yoga works (we’re given more than that, but let’s use the KISS system for now). Patanjali tells us pretty much right away that yoga is self-evident when …
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali describe four bhavanas or human traits that are essential for our spiritual growth. Two of these traits – compassion and friendship – were discussed in previous articles. This article focuses on the third trait – Joy. The particular sutra that encourages us to acquire and remain in a [...]
“Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodhah” ~ Patanjali The second sutra in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras compilation is one of the most important and frustrating aspects of embarking on the journey of yoga. This particular sutra focuses on learning to restrain/modify (Nirodhah) the incessant thoughts that flow through our minds; the mind-stuff or mind chatter (Chitta Vrittis). Chitta [...]
...but nowhere in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras does he mention anything about making sure to spread his teachings in a exploitative, socially and economically unfair system.
Vairagya is the practice of non-attachment, dispassion, letting go and surrender. Vai means “without” and raga “colorless”. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali say abhyasa vairagyabhyam tat nirodaha - Through the repeated practice of non-attachment there is mastery.
Are rich people unethical? According to this infographic, created by @ohtinytony, those who are socially and financially better off could use the wisdom of the yamas, the five external disciplines outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The studies cited here reveal that the elite demographic could probably use a few lessons in satya (truthfulness), asteya (not [...]
Camella Nair has created a 12 week course that pairs Patanjali’s yoga sutras with the everyday life activity of feeding the body. Here, she considers egoism.
In this post, Camella Nair considers Patanjali's yoga sutra regarding avidya and how we can understand it through our relationship with food.
Camella Nair has created a 12 week course that pairs Patanjali’s yoga sutras with the everyday life activity of feeding the body. Here she considers forgetfulness as a root cause of suffering.
Are you a serious yogi? Have you read the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali? I do not mean a commentary explaining to you how they relate to your yoga practice, but the actual sutras (the translated verses) themselves.
To approach Patanjali as if he is impossible to understand or relate to, as he has been made to by many, is to deny yourself an invaluable guide to the human condition.
As part of her work connecting yoga and food, Camella Nair has created a 12 week course that pairs Patanjali’s yoga sutras with the everyday life activity of feeding the body. Here she addresses the klesas.
I like to pick up Master Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras especially when I’m feeling overwhelmed and off-balance. I can’t think of a better resource to restore my sense of being grounded. The following verse is resonating with me this week: Yoga...Show More Summary
This series pairs Patanjali’s yoga sutras with the everyday life activity of feeding the body. Part 1 considers Kriya Yoga.
A paper written by Srinivasan S. Pillay M.D. and Prasad Kaipa Ph.D tries to analyze – How Advaita Vedanta — a Hindu philosophy...
Asana, or physical yoga postures, are only referenced in three of the 196 stanzas or aphorisms in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The remaining 193 describe other aspects of yoga practice, philosophy, concepts and traditions. Yes, yoga is much more than asana.
Part 27 in the Commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, by Swami Nirmalananda Giri Sutra 2:42. From contentment [santosha] he gains unsurpassed [superlative] happiness. This is because santosha is a state completely free from all desire for objects or the compulsion to gain some outer thing not yet possessed. Such desire is itself great pain–as is [...]Show More Summary