Patanjali Yoga Sutras

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  1. Life is Light

    Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 86 Contd. from knowledge sheet 85   “Tataha ksheyate prakashavaranam’’  (II Sutra 52) tataha = then; ksheyate = broken; prakasha = light; avaransam = curtain.   “Then the curtain surrounding the light is broken.”   Bre ...
  2. The Importance of Pranayamas

    Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 85 Contd. from knowledge sheet 84   “Tasminsati shwasaprashwasayorgativicchedaha pranayamaha’’ (II Sutra 49) tasmin = in that state of asana or posture; sati = being; shwasa = inspiratory breath; prashwasa = expiratory ...
  3. Don't Shy Away From Criticism

    Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 84 Contd. from knowledge sheet 83   “Tato dwandanabhighataha’’ (II Sūtra 48) tato = then; dwandwa = duality; anabhighataha = rooted out.   “Then, all the duality in you is rooted out.”   It hits the duality in you, all ...
  4. Effortlessness is the Key

    Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 83 Contd. from knowledge sheet 82   Asanas are not just aerobics, not just gymnastics because asanas have to be coordinated with the breath and with awareness. If you are lifting your arms up, you are fully aware that ...
  5. A Yogi is a like a Baby

    Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 82 Contd. from knowledge sheet 81   The different positions of your eyes indicate the state of your mind. Different body postures also indicate what you are feeling. This is called body language. It shows what you are ...
  6. What is Asana?

    Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 81 Contd. from knowledge sheet 80   “Samadhisiddhirëshwarapranidhanat’’ (II Sūtra 45) samadhi = the state of samadhi; siddhihi = attainment; ëshwarapranidhanat = by devotion to God. “The state of samadhi is attained by ...
  7. The Importance of Tapas & Swadhyaya

    Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 80 Contd. from knowledge sheet 79   The biggest problem with lovers is that they love each other and start demanding each other. “Look how much I love you. What did you do for me?” or, they say “Do you really love me? ...
  8. Enjoy the Company You Keep

    Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 79 Contd. from knowledge sheet 78   “Santoshadnuttamaha sukha labhaha’’ (II Sūtra 42) Santoshat = by happiness, contentment; Anuttamaha = greatest; Sukha = joy; Labhaha = gained. “By contentment, the greatest joy can b ...
  9. The Importance of Solitude

    Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 78 Contd. from knowledge sheet 77 “By personal hygiene and cleanliness to your own physical body, there will be disinclination towards the body or there will be cessation of craving for contact with different parts of ...
  10. Rising Above Negative Principles

    Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 77 Contd. from knowledge sheet 76   “Vitarka badhane pratipaksha bhavanam’’ (II Sutra 33) Vitarka = improper thoughts; Badhane = troubling; Pratipaksha = opposite; Bhavanam   = side.   “When improper thoughts trouble y ...
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