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The Yoga Sutras

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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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cuvtixo I don't think there's any information whether Patanjali (scholars agree there was at least two authors who wrote the Yoga Sutras, not one) gave this i…moreI don't think there's any information whether Patanjali (scholars agree there was at least two authors who wrote the Yoga Sutras, not one) gave this information for free. It is certainly possible they were commissioned to write this, we just don't know. The original Sanskrit seems pretty obscure and difficult to interpret, which is why there are so many commentaries. It would probably be very disappointing to learn the language and realize new insights were sparse.(less)

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Liz Rosenblum
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yoga, philosophy, hinduism
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. ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yoga
I am a skeptic about all of the things. The Sutras start with “the restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga” and I think, I like my mind. It’s a beautiful, creative, ever-expanding entity that has served me well until present day. The Sutras state that humans are Spirits inhabiting bodies with minds yet we are neither. I think, I like my body too. What’s with the self-deprecation? There’s redemptive suffering for days here. I’m still too close to how Christianity wielded that wea ...more
Daniel Prasetyo
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Monica Perez
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Victoria Klein
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jen Schellhorn
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Though I cannot sit and read this book in full - I love that I can open to a page and that it makes so much helpful sense.
Kate Lumsden
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
very accessible introduction to the yoga sutras
Hale Yaman
Jun 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened
I would have given 4 stars to majority of the book but there were a few sutras which made me recoil and lowered the rating.
Sarah Thomas Gulden
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jul 23, 2020 added it
Praise be! Read on time for the upcoming teacher training weekend. Well worth the read in this context, some excellent teachings here (from 2000+ years ago), and also some provocation - always good to question rather than accept with blind faith. I understand there's another version from a feminist perspective - I'll search it out. Also, the expansion of final sutra of the final (4th) book reminded me of something I was told in Pikangikum one time, that I absolutely did not get, had to do with b ...more
Sean Helvey
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Wrote a blog post with my notes here: Hope this helps. ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yogic-thought
A great starting point for getting into the Yoga Sutras. Sri Swami Satchidananda's commentary is unique because it was not written down but originated through informal lectures he would teach to his students. It is a recorded conversation in keeping with how the yoga sutras were traditionally passed down through oral tradition. There are great analogies and tangents that reinforce the conversational style of this text. I really loved this commentary and it's made me determined to read a few more ...more
Lui Debono
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yogis
A yoga classic that contains a lot of wisdom. Must be read carefully 'cause every verse has a very specific meaning and contains a beautiful yogic wisdom. Written 2,000 years ago Patanjali's yoga sutras are still applicable to all the yogis of the present day. A good commentary is a must. I also found that Sivananda Swami version of the book and the OSHO Rajneesh version is a valuable read for the good comparison and understanding of the sutras. ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Sian Lile-Pastore
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Ooo gosh, what to say about the sutras? And I guess I should 'review' the commentary rather than the sutras themselves.... The sutras are stuff like 'the restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is yoga' so they are kinda impenetrable and it's helpful to have the commentary.

This commentary is from 1978 I think, and it has a bit of a seventies feel to it in a slightly sexist gender binary way.
There are also some lovely bits and interpretations, also the cover is a delight.
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Sydra Mallery
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The commentary was more accessible than that in the Iyengar version. I am glad to have read both.
Beth Honeycutt
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that I read pieces and parts of for my yoga teacher training this weekend. It is one of those books that I will come back to over and over again.
This text is absolutely essential to the history of yoga. I read this for the first time outside of a yoga teacher training because it's a text I thought you were "supposed" to read if you do yoga. Honestly I've never been that into it. However, it's 1000x more refreshing the second time through, I think spending the past 5 months discussing/analyzing it in training has helped. I don't know what I'd do without our yoga philosophy instructor, she has gathered such DETAILED historical and lineage ...more
Justin Chiu
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The term sutra means 'thread' and the yoga sutras are a very bare-bones collection of aphorisms/phrases that delineate the practice and philosophy of yoga, of which the asanas or postures(which most people consider to be the entirety of yoga), occupy 1 sentence.

Due to the nature of the sutras, their translation and further elaboration are important in order to gain value from them.

Swami satchidananda intersperses his translation of the sutras with personal examples from his life and philosophy
Taylor Brimhall
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At the end of this book we are told that this book, yoga, scriptures, etc. are not here for the real us (the true self) because our true selves don’t need to study these things. Who we truly are already understand all of this. However, because our egos get in the way of truth and who we actually are, things like this book, scripture, and yoga were created. For that, I’m so grateful.
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent, essential book about the Yoga philosophy. One I'll need to revisit many times! ...more
Elisabeth Webb
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book for my yoga teacher training, and it helped me deepen my understanding of yoga. I could relate the yoga philosophy and practice to my own life. The book fosters deep contemplation about the meaning behind the authors words. It is written beautifully and an eye opening book. (:
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual-texts
This is book to be absorbed, practiced and then reread over and over. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali were written thousands of years ago in Sanskrit so this is Sri Swami Satchidanada’s translation and explanation of the Sutras. It’s the Bible of practicing Raja Yoga.
In summary “As the mind, so the person; bondage or liberation are in your own mind.” If you feel bound , you are bound. If you feel liberated, you are liberated. Things outside neither bind nor liberate you; only your attitude toward
Anne Charlotte
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Useful everytime you lose touch with the ground for whatever reason.
Just remember your spirit is playing tricks on you. None of this is real !
A foundational text for yoga practitioners or anyone seeking a closer bond between body, mind, and soul. The commentary is quite helpful, providing a jumping off point for further exploration. Which is exactly what Patanjali inspires: a lifetime of investigation.
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