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Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat

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You work your yoga body—now work your yoga mind! Living the Sutras brings the wisdom of classical yoga philosophy into your life in an accessible and relevant way. The Yoga Sutras, a foundational text of yoga philosophy and practice, written by the guru Patanjali over two thousand years ago, are made up of 196 aphorisms that offer potent teachings on how to deal with loss ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Penguin Publishing Group
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Meryl Landau
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I first read a book on the yoga sutras--the ancient philosophical commentary underlying yoga for how to control your mind and life--when I took yoga teacher training many years back. The original book is in Sanskrit, so Americans have to come by it via translation. Many of the early translations in the US, including the very good one I read back then by Swami Satchidananda, are written by Indian gurus.

So it was lovely to come across Living the Sutras by DiNardo and Pearce-Hayden. This is a mode
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Lisa Kirchner
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patanjali’s yoga sutras contain only one line about physical practice—an exhortation to remain steadily joyfully connected to the earth. What this book does is break down the book’s sometimes inscrutable wisdom—besides being in Sanskrit, the language is often metaphoric in ways that can make the text feel irrelevant. But as this guide shows, through its line-by-line translations and contemporary interpretations that illuminate the sutras, the book is very much alive . It’s a must-read for yoga t ...more
Cynthia Drake
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has the potential to change your life by changing your thoughts.

One of my favorite parts of this is the journaling activities that the reader is encouraged to do after reading and reflecting on each section of the book. It's meant to be read slowly and digested piece by piece.

Some of the journaling activities involve writing a "prescription" to yourself for how you might adapt your life to incorporate more of Patanjali's philosophies. I liked this word "prescription," since I think h
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Natalie
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Such a wonderful guide for understanding how we can live a yogic lifestyle in this day and age.
Heather
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I think this nicely-sized, little book would be wonderful for someone thinking about delving into yoga teacher training or for someone just starting on the yoga path who is yearning to know more about the ethical practice of yoga. It cracks things open a bit. And the translation of the sutras was quite nice. However, I found myself, where I am at, wanting more. I wanted more unpacking, more wrestling, less tidiness. Overall I wished for fewer "reflections" and more content.
Hillary
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book presents the yoga sutras simply (in a good way), making them accessible and understandable to even the newest yoga practitioner, yet offering enough depth and real-life connection to keep it interesting for more advanced yogis. Easy to read, worthwhile to contemplate, and highly recommended.
Hailing Zong
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am grateful that KD and APH translate the ancient wisdom from Pantanjali to something I can understand and appreciate, something that is relevant to everyday life.
Elizabeth Schlatter
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very nice -- I can't read this kind of stuff (e.g. yoga wisdom) without some hand-holding. And the authors help the reader through every one of the first three books of the sutras, and offer reflection exercises to apply the information. I didn't do many of the reflections beyond just thinking about them (one of my least favorite English words is "journal" used as a verb), but I still appreciated them. And at the end of the book, they provide the 3 books of sutras without extra info, which is ni ...more
Kat
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great workbook with lots of prompts throughout to make you think about the information and journal your thoughts as you go. It really makes you think about your values and what is important to you. It is a good breakdown of yoga terminology and the meaning behind it and how it benefits our mind as well as our body. There are some great tips on how to deal with our hectic, connected lives and learn to simplify things a bit more. A good book that helps to simplify the Yoga Sutras and tea ...more
Meghan
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to strong demand yoga has at our library. I really was looking for a book that not only explained the history of yoga, but broke down the terminologies and meanings behind yoga and its benefits to the human mind and body. I also loved that Dinardo included an appendix for further reading due to the information our patrons would like to know making the librarian's job easier. The cover as well is very well -designed with appropriate lettering ...more
Sarah Beam
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A concise, useful, and profound explanation of the Sutras. I underlined and highlighted nearly every page.
Linda A.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great for beginners

This book makes the sutras very accessible to everyone. As a teacher, it gave me some new ideas on how to share sutras in a new way with my students.
ashley
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
A friend gifted me this book when Amazon sent her two, and what a sweet gift. We're reading the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali for teacher training, which can sometimes be dense and tiresome. This book allowed for a smooth and quick refresher of some of the sutras.

Quotes in paradox:

"Don't settle for a little peace, for a little joy, for petty happiness."

"Where we are is enough."

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