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It’s a safe bet that the ancient master of meditation Patanjali never urged his disciples to “feel the burn.” Certainly his Yoga Sutras make no reference to the arrival of “Daisy Dukes season.”

Avidya: Primal Ignorance, the Source of Life’s Miseries

Sutras 4 and 5 of Book Two of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 4. Avidya is the source of those that are mentioned after it (see What Are the Kleshas?), whether they be in the dormant, attenuated, alternating or expanded condition. This is why Shankara keeps insisting that jnana alone brings liberation. Show More Summary

What are the Kleshas? (Hint: They Are Not an Alien Life-Form)

Sutras 2 and 3 of Book Two of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2. (Kriya-Yoga) is practiced for attenuating Kleshas and bringing about Samadhi. “Klesha” means taints or afflictions. A klesha is something that diminishes or distorts our consciousness, bringing misery and pain in some form. Show More Summary

Podcast: Why We Meditate and the Obstacles We Overcome

Why do we meditate? In this podcast Abbot George discusses the real reason to meditate as contrasted with wrong reasons. Then continuing with Patanjali’s instructions from the Yoga Sutras, he explains the obstacles to spiritual life and their effects. Show More Summary

What do the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Teach Us?

Patanjali was a Siddha who lived around 400 CE. His Yoga Sutras are a collection of pithy sayings that form the basis of Ashtanga Yoga, or the Yoga of Eight Limbs. There are 196 sutras in all, divided into four chapters.

Kriya Yoga According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Sutra 1 of Book Two of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sutra 1. Austerity [tapas], self-study [swadhyaya] and resignation to Ishwara [Ishwarapranidhana] constitute Kriya Yoga. First let us define Kriya Yoga as Patanjali means it. Because...Show More Summary

What Happens to the Yogi in Samadhi?

Sutras 49 through 51 of Book One of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sutra 49. The knowledge based on inference or testimony is different from direct knowledge obtained in the higher states of consciousness (I-48) because it is confined to a particular object (or aspect). Show More Summary

Contentment brings supreme happiness – Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

7 months agoReligion / Hinduism : Hindu Blog

Meditation on God with repetition of OM removes the obstacles to mastery of the inner... [Visit original source www.hindu-blog.com to read the entire content and more such articles.]

Ahimsa (Non-Violence) Decoded

8 months agoFitness / Yoga : Yoganonymous

There is an infinite amount to learn from the practice of yoga. As you dive into the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, you immediately recognize that yoga is not just asana; it’s not a habit; it’s never temporary. Yoga is a lifestyle that … The post Ahimsa (Non-Violence) Decoded appeared first on YOGANONYMOUS.

Change Your Life, One Niyama at a Time

9 months agoFitness / Yoga : Yoganonymous

In Patanjali‘s Yoga Sutra, he goes on to lay out the path for all practitioners to reach the ultimate freedom from suffering by learning true self-awareness. Broken down into 8 limbs, Patanjali provides us with a road map toward the … The post Change Your Life, One Niyama at a Time appeared first on YOGANONYMOUS.

Samyama and the Psychic Telescope: A Discussion with Dharma Mittra

“By the clarity of intuitive perception, all things can be known.” ~The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Alistair Shearer translation My Guru taught that when you start seeing the light at the space between the eyebrows, that is the first sign … The post Samyama and the Psychic Telescope: A Discussion with Dharma Mittra appeared first on YOGANONYMOUS.

YogaDork Giveaway: ‘Threads of Yoga: A Remix of Patanjali’s Sutras’ by Matthew Remski

2 years agoFitness / Yoga : YogaDork

Ready or not, it’s back to school time! And have we got just the thing to add to your reading list this semester, and probably many semesters to come in your studies as students of yogadork-versity. Firstly, if you haven’t read the excerpt yet, be sure to do so, and [...]

Book Excerpt: ‘Threads of Yoga: A Remix of Patanjali’s Sutras’ by Matthew Remski

2 years agoFitness / Yoga : YogaDork

The following is an excerpt from Matthew Remski’s Threads of Yoga: A Remix of Patanjali’s Sutras, With Commentary and Reverie, a new translation using contemporary philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience to “remix” the ancient text for the modern age.  From the epilogue: 8.5 how I got here In the section “what is meditation [...]

TWIY: Yoga Goes on Trial Update, Funny George Lucas Yoga, Hip Reset, Giveaway Winners

2 years agoFitness / Yoga : YogaDork

In yoga, we learn, via the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, that “smrti” is just one of the layers of our citta vritti thought shish kebabs that float in and out of the outdoor BBQ of our brains at every moment. (Hey, it’s the unofficial Summer kickoff, someone’s grilling somewhere!) Smrti, [...]Show More Summary

Yoga Philosophy Explained: Patanjali’s 4 Keys to Happiness

2 years agoFitness / Yoga : Yoganonymous

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 …

Yoga Philosophy You Can Use Part 2: Niyamas 101

3 years agoFitness / Yoga : Yoganonymous

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 …

What Makes a Yoga Class Yoga & Not Just a Trend?

3 years agoFitness / Yoga : Yoganonymous

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. …

Practice Makes…Well, Practice.

3 years agoFitness / Yoga : Yoganonymous

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 Attitude of Joy in Life

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 [...]

Dear Mind: Shut Up.

“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 [...]

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