How to study the YogaSutras

Scriptures or religious texts may be used for many reasons; mostly to provide meaning and purpose, and to evoke a deeper connection with the Divine. Many look to these texts to the convey sacred truths and use them to promote ritualistic practices and moralistic experiences that foster communal identity. But the YogaSutra is not a religious text; notice …

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last 3 limbs of raja yoga

Writing the introduction to Rāja Yoga and its first 5 limbs made me realize how difficult it is to write about spiritual practices. But it was a wonderful exercise in discovering what I have understood in order to convey the essence to you. At this stage, learning continues to be an intense study, with frequent challenges and rare aha moments, propelled by vacillating …

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in the beginning

"Start by doing what is necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." St. Francis of Assisi They say everything must have a beginning. And on this journey too, there was a beginning. More aptly, many beginnings. In the beginning, growing up in Bengaluru, India, (the best city in the world - yes, I am partial) I don't recall hearing the word yoga. Then again, even if it was spoken all the time …

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