Weekly Assignments/Sutra Studies

Week 15: On Spiritual Rebirth (Sutra 19)

“Those who merely leave their physical bodies and attain the state of celestial deities, or those who get merged in Nature, have rebirth.” –The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sutra (Thread) or Lesson 19: Bhavapratyayo Videha Prakrtilayanam Bhava: existence, birth | Pratyayah (pratyayo): content of mind (mental modification) | Videha: bodiless (gods/spirits) | Prakrtilayanam: merged into … Read More

Week 14: What Does It Mean To “Be In The World But Not Of It” (Sutra 18)

“[U]nderstand the nature completely, then bring it under your control and then push it aside and get liberated…There is no other way except to understand it, handle it properly and then rise above it.” –The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sutra (Thread) or Lesson 18: Virama Pratyayabhyasa Purvah Samskaraseso’nyah Virama: complete cessation | Pratyaya: content of … Read More

Week 13: Contraindications For Samadhi | A Lesson For All Yoga Practitioners, But Particularly For Healers, Teachers, And Those Who Are In Service To Their Spirit, A Cause, Or To Others (Sutra 17)

“There is a danger [when practicing Samadhi]…but we have to face the danger of it. That is why you have to prepare yourself with purity…[The danger is the selfishness of ego, itself, so] your new-found powers…should [, therefore,] not be used for selfish purposes.” –The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sutra (Thread) or Lesson 17: Vitarka … Read More

Week 9: Practicing At All Times (Sutra 13)

“[B]ecome eternally watchful, scrutinizing every thought, every word and every action.” –The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sutra (Thread) or Lesson 13: Tatra Sthitau Yatno’bhyasah Tatra: of these | Sthitau: in steadiness | Yatnah (yatno): effort | Abhyasah: practice There is a need to continuously make effort and progress toward your Yoga practice each day, and … Read More

Week 8: Gaining Control Of The Mind Through Practice And Non-Attachment (Sutra 12)

“[M]ental modifications (vrittis/distortions) are restrained by practice and non-attachment.” –The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sutra (Thread) or Lesson 12: Abhyasa Vairagyabhyam Tannirodhah Abyasa: practice | Vairagya: non-attachment (abhyam: by both) | Tad (tan): they | Nirodhah: restrained The two key things that are required in order to gain control of our mind, and achieve results … Read More

Week 7: The 5 Types Of Mental Distortions According To Patanjali (Sutras 6-11)

The aim of our Yoga practice is to, after paying attention to and gaining mastery over our thoughts through discernment and understanding, “whether…[we find that our thoughts are] valid or invalid…ultimately…set aside [these mental modifications/distortions/vrittis in order]…to find [true] peace [beyond these thoughts (which is different from the peace that comes from Sutra 5)]. – … Read More

Week 6: Let Your Thoughts Be Your Guide (Sutra 5)

“If you really want to be selfish [for any reason, whether it is because you feel that you cannot help it, or just because you do not want to help it], be selfish in the idea of retaining your peace.” –The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sutra (Thread) or Lesson 5: Vrttayah Pancatayyah Klistaklistah Vrttayah: modifications/distortions … Read More

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