Nirodhaḥ Yoga Blog
Just where you are – that’s the place to start.
- Pema Chodron
This blog post is part of our Yoga Sutras series.
Want to start at the beginning?
Sutra 1.1 - अथ योगानुशासनम् - Atha Yoga Anuśāsanam
Now Is the Guide for Yoga
The reason the Yoga Sutras take a lifetime (or even longer!) to understand fully is that many of the Sanskrit words contain multiple meanings. The richness of this approach means both that the essence of Yoga is expressed as succinctly as possible and that the process of understanding their meaning is the path toward Yoga itself. In that way, the Yoga Sutras are both philosophy and instructions (Satchidananda, 23); they give both the why and how in one breath.
To truly understand a Sutra, the student must devote successive readings to it. There is an unfurling process, as the student deciphers its meaning over time in conjunction with the student’s lived experience.
This is why the aphorism, “when the student is ready, the teacher appears,” also applies to the Yoga Sutras. The lessons to be learned from this text develop in the student’s mind over time, finally becoming fixed when life gives the aspirant a chance to practice and then comprehend their meaning.
So let’s start on the most surface level - the literal meaning of the Sanskrit words - and then delve deeper.
Just some thoughts about yoga as I go...
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