Yoga Articles

The Veil Of Ignorance

Yoga Sutra 2.05 defines Ignorance (Avidya) as regarding the impermanent as permanent, the impure as pure, the painful as pleasurable, and the non-Self as Self.  When we make plans in our lives, our career paths, retirement plans etc, there are many factors which we assume will not change.  Earthquakes and

Yoga Sutra iv.4 “nirmanacittani asmitamatrat"

Yoga Sutra iv.4  “nirmanacittani asmitamatrat” “Constructed or created mind springs from the sense of individuality (asmita).” The sutra is explaining the origin of asmita, which we refer to as egoism, pride or our “I” consciousness.  Our ego is our sense of individuality, it is the part of our mind that

Interpretation of "atha yoganusasanam"

Direct translation: With prayers for divine blessings, now begins an exposition of the sacred art of yoga. Now follows a detailed exposition of the discipline of yoga, given step by step in the right order, and with proper direction for self-alignment (p.44 “Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” by

Philosophy Focus: Sutra 1.6 Pramana viparyaya vikalpa nidra smrtayah

Key words: Pramana –          Factual knowledge Viparyaya –       Wrong perceptions, faulty data Vikalpa –              Fanciful knowledge, asking yourself endless “What if’s?” Nidra –                 Sleep, dullness or inertia Smrtyayah –        Remembrance of previous experiences and unquestioning acceptance There are many methods

2.46 Sthira Sukham Asanam

2.46 Sthira Sukham Asanam Sthira: Steady, Stable, firm, Grounded Sukham: At ease Asanam: Asana, Posture The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali define asana as sthira sukham asanam, (Sutra 2.46). This roughly translates to the postures should contain the qualities of strength, stability, power and at the same time relaxedness and comfort

1.3 Tada drastuh svarupe avasthanam

At that time , the soul will radiate in his own to show his true aspect, beauty. For me, we are surrounded by a lot of attractions in your life. Not only by people , but also by all the technology , media which target your mind to try capture

Yoga sutra I.12 abhyasa vairagyabhyam tannirodhah

“Practice and detachment are the means to still the movements of consciousness” To practice yoga is to still the movements of our consciousness. When we practice asana we focus the eyes on a dristi point specific for a pose.  Our mind follows our eyes, or the parts of the body

Yoga sutra iii.27 “bhuvanajnanam surye samyamat”

“By samyama on the sun the yogi will have knowledge of the seven worlds, and of the seven cosmic centers in the body.” At first glance this sutra can be a little confusing if your trying to understand the literal meaning, but by using yogic meaning of the terms sense