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Patanjali's Yoga Philosophy

by Johanna Maheshvari Mosca, PhD

Lesson X: Patanjali’s Sixth Limb of Yoga–Concentration

THE SIXTH LIMB OF YOGA  DHARANA —Concentration Continuing our discusion of the eight limbs of yoga set forth by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, we turn to the sixth limb, Concentration or Dharana. In Light [...]

Lesson IX: 5th Limb of Yoga–Drawing the Senses Inward

THE FIFTH  LIMB OF YOGA  Pratyahara —Sense Withdrawal In Light on the Yoga Sutras, BKS Iyengar translates and comments upon the two sutras about Pratyahara or sense withdrawal. Sutra II, 54 – “Withdrawing the senses, [...]

Lesson VIII: Breath Expansion, the Fourth Limb of Yoga

Yoga Philosophy 101 Revisited - Lesson VIII:  Breath Expansion, the 4th Limb of Yoga In our April through June newsletter issues, we began a discussion of the eight limbs of yoga set forth many thousands [...]

Lesson VII: Asanas (Postures), Patanjali’s Third Limb of Yoga

ASANAS or POSTURES, the THIRD LIMB OF YOGA As we continue examining the eight limbs of yoga, set forth by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras as the path to end suffering and achieve enlightenment, we [...]

Lesson VI: Five Personal Principles for Self-Mastery

EXPLORING THE NIYAMAS, THE 2ND LIMB OF YOGA We continue to explore the eight limbs of yoga, set forth by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras as the path to end suffering and achieve enlightenment. Patanjali [...]

Lesson V: Five Moral Codes for Social Well-Being and Right Living

THE YAMAS, THE 1ST LIMB OF YOGA Following up on our discussion of the causes of suffering, we now begin to look at the eight limbs of yoga, set forth by Patanjali in the Yoga [...]

Lesson IV: “Suffering that is yet to come, can and is to be avoided.”

PATANJALI'S YOGA SUTRAS: MORE ABOUT SUFFERING In our last issue, we noted the five major causes of suffering that Patanjali discusses in the Yoga Sutras—spiritual ignorance, egotism, attachment, aversion, and clinging to life or fear [...]

Lesson III: What are the FIVE CAUSES OF SUFFERING that everyone faces?

Lesson III: What makes you suffer? In what ways do you possibly mentally or emotionally “crucify” yourself? In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali discusses FIVE CAUSES OF SUFFERING that everyone faces. What do you think these [...]

Yoga Philosophy 101–Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras–Lesson 2: Make every pose steady and comfortable

Our Second Yoga Philosophy 101 Lesson teaches us to make every pose in Yoga class and every role in life "steady and comfortable."  Patanjali's sutras guide us to perform actions without exertion and with kindness [...]

Yoga Philosophy 101 — Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras — Lesson 1: You are not your mind

You have heard the common expression — “You are not your mind.” This statement traces back to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, several thousand years ago. It’s not just you who has trouble quieting the bombardment of [...]

More than Just Asanas

People are being drawn to Yoga like angels to the light. We are attracted to Yoga because we know it is good for us and can help us free up our bodies and become more [...]