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This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation. This new deluxe printing of these timeless teachings is a treasure to be read and referred to again and again by seekers treading the spiritual path. The classic Sutras (thought-threads), at least 4,000 years old, cover the yogic teachings on eth...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published October 15th 1990 by Integral Yoga Publications (first published January 1st 1950)
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Joyce Lagow
This is not a book to be "read", but rather one to contemplate. I've "finished" it, but will return to it to reread many times.

Satchdananda was one of the best-known and best loved Yoga masters and teachers in the US. His commentaries on Patanjali's sutras are simple; he uses excellent examples to illustrate their meaning. But in the end, as so many others in Zen and related paths have said, he states that reading about a spiritual pathway is ultimately useless; it can help but is no substitute...more
Liz Rosenblum
I can't recall a time in my life where a "required" reading has changed my life immeasurably.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as explained by Swami Satchidnanda is a mandatory part of most yoga teacher trainings, and thankfully it was for mine. This is not a book that you read from cover to cover like a novel, but it is something that you pick up, read, absorb, think about, put into practice, and then read some more.

It has lessons about yoga, lessons about life and lessons about being a good person...more
Daniel Prasetyo
This book is the best translation of Patanjali's works that I found. It is because the author is living with the wisdom of The Yoga Sutras. This book contains the the translations of The Yoga Sutras, and the explanation about the meaning and the goal of each sutras, and Sri Swami Satchidananda's explanation is a very easy read, even if you never know the yoga philosophy before. Just read 1 sutra each day and practice it, you will see a dramatic changes in your life. If you just read 1 book about...more
Victoria Klein
There are countless interpretations and commentaries on the Yoga Sutras, originally compiled by Patanjali thousands of years ago. Personally, I've only read 2 others before reading this version, so my point of reference may be considered narrow.

I found Swami Satchidananda's version to be informative and somewhat blunt - and I mean that in a good way. He uses a few modern examples throughout the text to help improve the reader's understanding. This book was originally published in 1978 and the e...more
The very first sutra sets up the book so well, “If the restraint of the mental modifications is achieved, one has reached the goal of yoga.” (pg. 3) I like this because it shows that even though a person may not be able to move through all the asanas perfectly, they can still perform yoga by controlling their mind. If we can learn that the entire outside world is our own projection, then we can control our attitude. “Things outside neither bind nor liberate you; only your attitude towards them d...more
Sep 02, 2008 Christine rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who meditates
Recommended to Christine by: yoga
This is my bible. Hardly have completed reading it. And what I have read I need to re-read. Great book for meditation topics.
Jun 16, 2014 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyoneinterested n religions and the beginnings of religions.
Recommended to David by: Found it on my own.
Yoga means to ‘Yoke”. The Sutras are the method of yoking yourself to Yoga. The original Hellenistic Greek which was the ‘Lingua Franca” of pre Christian interpretations of the Bible had two definitions of Yoke. One was for Yoga and the other was to yoke two oxen together. Jesus said that his “yoke” was easy. I am convinced that this is a deliberate misinterpretation of the New Testament and the real meaning was that Jesus was referring to “Yoga” or “ My Yoga is easy” which makes more sense in t...more
Kate Lumsden
very accessible introduction to the yoga sutras
The Yoga Sutras, the key text in the study of yoga, is an ancient text dating back at least 2000 years. The sutras were compiled by the sage Patanjali (pah-TAN-ja-lee). Patanjali didn't invent the concept of yoga, but he made a system of it by bringing together all the existing teachings and traditions and giving them a structure for students to follow. The word "sutra" means "thread" - the text is a collection of almost 200 brief "threads" of wisdom. Patanjali used as few words as possible in e...more
This is the must read for most new yoga teachers. The exploration of Patanjalis guidance for yogis is essential for anyone who wants to teach or deepen their practice. However, I do not personally think this is the only interpretation one should read. I'd recommend also looking at TKV Desikachar and modern thinkers like Matthew Remski to really dig deep into the sutras, and find a way to relate to them.
Monica Perez
This book showed me that coming to the end of external knowledge about God is actually the beginning of the journey to look inward and know His nature. Made me interested in the early Christian Gnostics who believed we could know God through his reflection in ourselves. Also introduced me to the concept that the question of the existence of God is unanswerable and irrelevant--you can't prove it or disprove it, and no matter what, the path to contentment in this life is the same as the path to co...more
Sarah Thomas Gulden
Satchitananda's translation and commentary on Patanjali's Sutras is the best edition I've read. He makes these often pretty inscrutable ancient texts come alive with great clarity and even occasional humor. I treasure reading and meditating on these often.
Good introductory translation. Excellent for first-time readers of the Sutras. If you want to dive deeper in, though, I suggest Edwin Bryant's translation. If you'd like a Buddhist perspective, check out Chip Hartranft's.
Thomas Jackson
This book is an eternal handbook. The lessons in this book will continually inform your yoga practice at all levels. Your understanding of the book will be deeper if you practice yoga, but if you don't, then you will still gain a treasure of insight about life if you read and contemplate this book.
I read one or two sutras before each yoga practice. After finally finishing it, I know I need to go back to it and study the sutras with some intensity. There is much wisdom bestowed in these pages, and there were many moments while reading, I gained clarity on the way I interact and respond with my environment.

Highly recommended for any devoted yoga practitioner, but also for those who are interested in asian philosophy. Although yoga is not defined by one religion, the influences of Hinduism a...more
Phillip Moffitt
The Yoga Sutra describes how the mind causes suffering and how to bring an end to that suffering. Hartranft’s translation of these sutras is done in the context of the Buddha’s teachings on suffering and mindfulness. Taking this approach he gives us a fresh interpretation of the sutras and makes them very comprehendible. This book is a must-have reference for anyone wanting to integrate the two traditions of Buddhism and yoga.
Jun 29, 2007 Mimi added it
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this is the basis of yogic thought. this is swami satchidananda's interpretation of the ancient sanskrit text. it is very accessible, has sort of a comical indian swagger to it. the yoga sutras speak to the true ashtanga yoga, the 8 limbs of yoga, not just what westerners think yoga is which seems to mean just asanas or poses. this is true yoga, which is in truth a way of being, living, breathing.
I won't say that this is the most scholarly exploration of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras but it is a good beginner's look at the philosophy behind yoga. For those who are dead familiar with the text, perhaps revisiting it in a simpler form would have some spiritual merit. For more:
Azar Hoseininejad
یوگا سوترا که توسط پاتانجلی نوشته شده شامل 196 سوترا هست. واژه ی سوترا به معنی رشته نخ و در اینجا به این مناسبت به کار رفته که در زیر هر لغت نوشته ایست که تفکر ممتد را حمل می کند تا یک فلسفه ی کامل را با عقیده های مختلف شکل دهد. سوتراهای پاتانجلی به عنوان دقیق ترین و علمی ترین متنی که تا به حال درباره ی یوگا نوشته شده در نظر گرفته شده است.
Dec 16, 2009 Tammy is currently reading it
I am learning from this book that for ages and ages, humans have accessed our birthright to be free with the help of these sacred teachings. This translation leaves out a lot of the cultural interpretations like "God" for example, which I find useful in minimizing my own proclivity to mentally conjure cultural conditioning while reading.
Mary Richert Hendrie
I'm still reading this and will probably continue reading and re-reading it for a very long time.

I probably wouldn't have read this book if it weren't assigned to me, but I recommend it to anyone who is curious to know what yoga is all about or any yoga student who wants to understand the practice beyond just doing poses.

One of my favourite translations of the Yoga Sutras. It includes the Devanagari and transliteration along with practical and accessible commentary that resonates with the modern reader. My only complaint is that the later chapters did not include more commentary - they're the more difficult to understand!
great edition. swami satchidananda does a really good job of breaking it down in western terms and constructs. tho by the 4th (last) book - it gets pretty metaphysical. books 1 & 2 are where the concepts on why and how to practice and work toward balance in thought, life, health, etc.
If you are curious about what this book has to offer let me know and I will try and give a little bit of a breakdown. Simply stated though I would say it is about, Samadhi. The Sutras offer a range of paragraphs or verses which systematically breakdown the Ashtanga Yoga practice.
Ms Piot
This was loaned to me by my new yoga teacher/friend... Trying to get back to my practice, and these sutras are so of the things I most miss about being away from home is having my books, including all my yoga books...I am so grateful that she is sharing it with me...
Pree B
I enjoyed it because it had the Sanskrit, transliteration and the meaning. it's a great book to study the sutras from. especially since the original Sanskrit is there and if you, like me, van read Sanskrit then compare it to the translation it dentist sinks deep.
Swami Sathidananda's interpretation and commentary on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras is clear and enlightening. This book was an absolute pleasure to read. The parallels between the Yoga Sutras and Mahayana Buddhist teachings are absolutely striking.
I thought this would be dry & hard to follow, but it was actually very fun to read thanks to the comments on each of the Sutras (threads of yogic knowledge) by Swami Satchidananda. A must-have for anyone studying yoga philosophy.

Annie Hill
Swami Satchidananda's explanation of yoga sutra is exactly what I was looking for. The book is fantastic, simple and most useful. There are many books on Yoga Sutra but I always recommend this book to my music students.
I will never finish reading this book. Not because I don't like it, but I keep reading parts over and over again and apply it to things that are happening in my life and I use it as a reference for my philosophical themes.
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