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My View on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras

Book One

1.1. Atha yoganusasanam

1.2. Yogah chitta vritti nirodhah

1.3. Tada drastuh svarupe avasthanam

The first three sutras introduce the subject and tell us of the goal and meaning of yoga.

1.1. Now the auspicious exposition of yoga is being offered.

This is an auspicious occasion. The offering of yoga is made to the student at the right time, once the student has spent some time on an inner search, and therefore when it is likely to make sense and be useful.

1.2. Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations in the mind (citta vritti) or a calming in one's state of being.

The thoughts in the mind are calmed through the physical postures, breath control and concentration, leading to meditative practices. Yoga equals the path as well as the result. However it is the nature of the mind to fluctuate, so yoga ends up being a way of life.

1.3. Then the practitioner is able to see clearly and dwell joyfully in his/her true nature, which is the pure and eternal bliss of existence.

So, instead of…

Yoga: Art, Science and Harmony

The practice of yoga is an art as well as a science. Truly accessible to all with it's many different forms and styles, it is a beautiful way to find harmony, courage and self knowledge and also to explore our relationship with others and with our world.

The following Sanskrit chant expresses yogic compassion for others:
"Lokah samasthah sukhino bhavantu," or
"May all beings everywhere find happiness and freedom".

Yoga Glossary

A selection of Sanskrit terms interpreted into English.

Yoga is an all inclusive way of looking at spirituality that can lead to physical health, mental clarity, relaxation, strength and fulfillment of one's life purpose. Yoga is about "union" and the belief in the basic unity in all life.
The below lists a just a few concepts in yoga, Ayurveda, and Indian mythology, found within the tradition of Indian spiritual thought, from which not only religious traditions evolved, but also science, philosophy, art, culture, music, dance, and literature.

Please note, this is not an exhaustive or authoritative list, but one that may be a helpful reference point to start with and build upon.It is advised to refer to more than one translation from Sanskrit to English as there is often no equivalent word in English for Sanskrit concepts.

Abhava - non-being
Abhaya mudra - seal of fearlessness Abhyasa - focus, to wholeheartedly apply one's efforts towards a specific aim.