sutra 2.49: breathe easy

Sutra 2.49: tasmin sati shvasa prashvsayoh gati vichchhedah pranayamah Pranayama is the conscious, deliberate regulation of the breath replacing unconscious patterns of breathing. It is possible only after a reasonable mastery of asana practice. Translation and interpretation by TKV Desikachar I’ve been sitting on this sutra for a few extra days because it strikes me…

sutra 2.48: landing in center

Sutra 2.48: tatah dvandva anabhighata Thence comes unassailability by the opposites [found in nature, such as hot and cold]. Translation by Georg Feuerstein Summer in NYC has been mild this year. Some of you are even wondering if it’s arrived yet, even as we begin the movement into fall. I, however, have been quite thankful…

sutra 2.47: connect mind through body

Sutra 2.47: prayatna shaithilya ananta samapattibhyam Such a posture can be attained by the abandonment of effort and the non-use of will, and by the continuous awareness of the infinite eternal existence. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda You may have read or heard a yoga teacher say that we practice asana in preparation for…

sutra 2.46: what is asana?

Sutra 2.46: sthira sukham asanam The posture of the body during the practice of contemplation and at other times, as also the posture of the mind (or attitude to life) should be firm and pleasant. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda Asana. One of Yoga’s many terms that we use routinely instead of its English…

sutra 2.45: celebrate your surrender

Sutra 2.45: samadhi siddhih ishvarapranidhana Perfection in self-awareness instantly follows total, dynamic and intelligent surrender of the individual ego-sense (in the sense of the realisation of its unreal nature) or the merging of it in the indwelling omnipresence (in the sense of the direct realisation of the falsity of the “me”, the ego-sense, and therefore…

sutra 2.44: it is your yoga

Sutra 2.44: svadhyayat ishta devata samprayogah By study (not necessarily nor exclusively) of scriptures, and of oneself, the consciousness is united with the desired or loved divinity. This divinity may well be a “luminous” internal transmutation-experience or its externalised psychic manifestation, or “an enlightened being”. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda Svadhyaya, self-study. This is…

sutra 2.43: your own inner fire

Sutra 2.43: kaya indriya siddhih ashuddhi kshayat tapasah The inner psychic fire [tapas] destroys all impurities of the heart and mind, and brings about the health, sanity, wholeness or perfection of the physical and vital being (the inner senses). Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda I have a confession to make. I love handstand. I…

sutra 2.42: don’t worry, be happy

Sutra 2.42: santosha anuttamah sukha labhah From contentment there flows the most excellent happiness and delight. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda If only I had a red sports car, I would be happy. If I could just do a handstand, I would be satisfied. If I were a little more smooth, I would be…

sutra 2.41: clean your thoughts

Sutra 2.41: sattva shuddhi saumanasya ekagra indriya-jaya atma darshana yogyatvani cha And, such a habit of cleanliness also leads to the purification of the whole substance, peace and basic goodness of mind, one-pointedness, mastery over the senses, as also the ability (and the qualification) to attain self-knowledge. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda You know…

sutra 2.40: journey your way to clean

Sutra 2.40: saucat sva nga jugupsa parair asamsargah By purification, the body’s protective impulses are awakened, as well as a disinclination for detrimental contact with others. Translation and interpretation by Rev. Jaganath Carrera The five yamas, ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya, aparigraha, are in many ways simply nuances of the first one, ahimsa. The five niyamas…