After teaching a class on the Yoga Sutra for a Yoga Teacher’s Training program, I decided to revisit the material and make notes on what I want to fix for next time.
The first book I bought about the yoga sutra is the Japanese version of Integral Yoga, written by Swami Satchidananda. It was a requirement for one of the yoga courses I took many years ago.
There’s this one part that’s been bothering me, and it’s the Japanese translation. If I translate my confusion it won’t really make sense because the translation for the two words that sound totally different both are translated to ‘detail’.
I had a chat with a Japanese friend of mine to discuss the difference in the two words, and we agreed that they literally mean the same thing. Phew.
Anyway, let’s get to the sutra, shall we?
1.1 Atha Yoganusasanam
Now, yoga will be explained.
Our minds cannot wrap itself around certain things unless we learn through action. In the pages of the yoga sutra, not only is yoga explained but how to work on yourself through yoga.
The word yoga means union. And it refers to the union between each of us and the bigger universe. It’s the state of mind which is calm and peaceful in all situations.
I will be writing more about the sutra and yogic concepts in the future. Is there a particular sutra or topic you’re curious about? Let me know in the comments.