Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Patanjali Yoga Sutra I.21 Intensity of Practice

This article explains Sutras I.21 and I.22 of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. These sutras classify students and methods of practice.  Often students and seekers practice methods and techniques for many years or even decades without much progress. These students begin to doubt themselves or the...

Patanjali Yoga Sutra I.8 Incorrect Cognition

This article explains Patanjali Yoga Sutra I.8 and elaborates upon incorrect cognition. Incorrect cognition is false knowledge, not recognizing and not knowing a thing as it is due to the coloring of the mind patterns. You have memories about your child, who is a now teenager, but in...

Patanjali Yoga Sutra I.7 Correct Cognition

This article elaborates upon Sutra I.7 from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This sutra is about Pramana or correct cognition.  Sutra I.7: Pramana or correct cognition is of three kinds:  Direct perception (is recognizing and knowing a thing to be as it is.) Inference (is knowing a...

Patanjali Yoga Sutra Verse I:30 Obstacles in Practice

This articles enumerates the nine obstacles in spiritual practice and seeks to find remedies for these. If it weren't for the obstacles in spiritual practice, we would return to the natural state of spiritual union very easily. Removal of obstacles is one of the most important parts of practice....

A Summary of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

This article summarizes the 4 chapters of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This text is only for serious students of Yoga who would like to embark on a personal journey of transformation and liberation. Chapter One of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Samadhi Pada This chapter in fact answer the most...

The Essential Yoga Sutras

The Essential Patanjali Yoga Sutras cover only those Sutras that are relevant to meditators and sincere seekers. This is not an intellectual approach to the Yoga Sutras; rather a very practical and simple one. There are 196 sutras or statements that make up the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In this...