The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is our guide to practicing Yoga. So, it means that everyone who starts to practice yoga seriously must read and study Sutras. However when you are a beginner, only portions of the text apply to you personally. It can be comforting to know that the Yoga Sutra is actually designed for teachers as a guideline for training students. Yoga Sutras are for teachers. And when you begin to teach your first classes you must read and study again.
I read Yoga Sutras mindfully and completely for the first time during my Iyengar Yoga Teachers Training in 2008. It was a compulsory reading and read like an old ancient text not connected with modern life, modern yoga practice, and especially with Iyengar Yoga classes I took. Sutra that hit me seriously was about Asana, because our Iyengar classes were actually only Asana classes. Sutra 2-46 said that “right pose must be firm and without strain” or “Yoga Asanas are steady and comfortable”.
My Asanas at that time were always challenging and my teachers always persuaded us to work in asana, to improve asana, to press harder, to rotate deeper and so on.

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