The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sūtras of Pata˝jali
The Yoga Sutras distill the essentials of an integrated system of physical and spiritual discipline. All too often, Westerners bypass the philosophy and practice the physical postures. But it is impossible to authentically practice the physical postures without first having grasped the philosophical underpinnings. This book provides a translation of each sutra, study questions, themes for reflection, an illuminating commentary, and the sutra word for word in Sanskrit; an eloquent translation by a celebrated yoga teacher for every yoga and philosophy student; and a modern interpretation of yoga's most important text, the essential source of Yoga.
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aphorism asana attachment attain attitude Avidya aware become behavior body Brahmacarya breath control brings causes of suffering Chapter Citta cittasya clarity consciousness constituent qualities contemplation detached develop dharana dhyana discernment discipline Duhkha eight limbs elements eleven sense organs emotional energy evolution example experience faculties fear fluctuations grasp gunas Hindu impulses inertia infinite influence inner Jp Jp kapha klesa knowledge Krishnamacharya last three limbs liberation limbs of yoga linked lucidity manifestation mantra means meditation mental activities mental permeation mind navel negative nirodhe nonattachment noncovetousness nonviolence object observation obstacles one's oneself Patanjali peace perceiving entity perception Perfect concentration perfect mastery persevering practice personality physical prakfti prana pranayama Pratyaya preceding aphorism principle psyche Purusa qualities of nature reality relationship result sacred texts Samkhya Sanskrit sattva sensory serenity sleep spiritual entity spiritual evolution stability stages subtle tasya tatah tatra thought tion udana understanding vicara Visaya Vyasa wisdom word Yoga Sutras