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Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras form the foundational basis of classical Yoga philosophy. It appears that Yoga Sutras were influenced by the Upanishad, the Samkhya system and the Mahabharata (of which the Bhagavad Gita is a part) and possibly also by Jain and Buddhist thought during the time the Sutras are considered to have been written. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras seem…

The Yogi

For the yogi who has found peace, there is no distraction or one-pointedness, no higher knowledge or ignorance, no pleasure and no pain. The dominion of heaven or beggary, gain or loss, life among men or in the forest, these make no difference to a yogi whose nature it is to be free from distinctions.…

DOs and DON'Ts of Yoga Asanas

In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali defines “asana” as “to be seated in a position that is firm, but relaxed”. Patanjali mentions the ability to sit for extended periods as one of the eight limbs of his system, known as ashtanga yoga. DOs and DON’Ts of Yoga Asanas: We don’t muscle into an asana. Assuming an…