Sutra 1.8

विपर्यय मिथ्या जननं  तड़ रूपा प्रतिस्थम viparyaya mithya jnanam atad rupa pratistham viparyaya- unreal cognition, misconception; mithya- of the unreal, of the false, illusory; jnanam- knowing, knowledge; atad- not its own; rupa- form, nature, appearance; pratistham- based on, possessing, established, occupying Incorrect knowledge or illusion is false knowledge formed by perceiving a thing as beingContinue reading “Sutra 1.8”

Sutra 1.7

pratyaksha anumana agamah pramanani pratyaksha- direct perception or cognition; anumana- inference, reasoning, deduction; agamah- authority, testimony, validation, competent evidence; pramanani- valid means of knowing, proofs, sources of correct knowing Sutra 1.7 explains the three ways of true knowing that was discussed in sutra 1.6. There are ways to gain the correct knowledge, pramana, for selfContinue reading “Sutra 1.7”

Sutra 1.6

स्केल उलट विकल्प सो pramana viparaya vikalpa nidra smritayah pramana- real or valid cognition; right knowledge; viparyayah- unreal cognition, perverse or wrong knowledge, misconception; vikalpah- imagination, misconception or delusion, fantasy; nidra- deep sleep; smritayah- memory, remembering There are five thought patterns that we all have, and Sutra 1.6 breaks this down. A way to rememberContinue reading “Sutra 1.6”

Sutra 1.5

वृत्तयः पंचातयः क्लिष्टा अक्लिष्टा vrittayah pancatayah klishta aklishta vrittayah: the vrittis are; pancatayah: five fold, panch means five; klishta: colored, painful, afflicted, impure, the root klish means to cause trouble; aklishta: uncolored, not painful, pure, not imbued with kleshas; the root a means without or in the absence of Sutra 1.5 teaches us what theContinue reading “Sutra 1.5”

Sutra 1.4

कहीं और, कैरियर vrtti sarupyam itaratra vritti- operations, fluctuations; sarupyam- similarity, assimilation, appearance of; root sa means with, and ruppa means form; itaratra- elsewhere, at other times, when not in the state of realization above When the yogi transcends the activities of the mind (1.2), then they can experience the pureness of its consciousness (1.3).Continue reading “Sutra 1.4”

Sutra 1.3

तदा ड्रास्तुः स्वरूपे वस्थानम tada: then; drastuh: of the soul; svarupe: in its own nature; avasthanam: abiding, remaining, absorbed in When that is accomplished, the seer abides in its own true nature Following the last sutra, when the yogi has still its mind and all of its fluctuations, the yogi reveals their true nature. ThisContinue reading “Sutra 1.3”

Sutra 1.2

योग चिट्टा वृत्ति निरोधः yoga chitta vritti nirodhah yoga: union; chitta: of the consciousness/mind; vritti: fluctuations, changing forms; nirodhah: control, channeling, mastery, quieting Yoga is the practice of stilling the fluctuations of the mind Yoga is controlling the patterns of thought in your mind. Our minds fluctuate from one thought to another, busily keeping pace with today’s race.Continue reading “Sutra 1.2”

Aparigraha

  Non-attachment, non-possesiveness, non-grasping. These all are tied with aparigraha, our last yama we will discuss. Patanjali describes this in sutra 2.35: “When one is steadfast in non-possesiveness or non-grasping, with the senses, there arises knowledge of the why and wherefore of past and future incarnations.” Every journey in life ties in with this yama.Continue reading “Aparigraha”

Soucha

The first of the niyamas, our external observances, is saucha. Saucha is cleanliness or purity. In yoga, we always talk about a wholeness of body, mind, and soul, and the yamas and the niyamas are meant to be applied in this way. So we are not just discussing the cleanliness or purity of your physical body, butContinue reading “Soucha”

The Core of Yoga

No, I’m not discussing how to make your core stronger for holding Navasana or Salamba Sirsasana, I’m talking about the real point of yoga. The philosophy behind the asanas. I find myself delving deeper into this aspect of yoga for two reasons. One, I did not do so well on the philosophy section of theContinue reading “The Core of Yoga”