by Bernadette Soler, (C-IAYT, E-RYT500, YACEP)
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"Where do we go to find more information on yoga? There's so much out there, it's thousands and thousands of years of teaching that were passed down from person-to-person. So there is a lot written down, but there's not one huge source text. A lot of it is in the Vedas and the Upanishads. A good place to start if you're looking for more, and especially if you're interested in yoga philosophy, which some of you have mentioned you are, is to start diving into the Yoga Sutras. It's useful to have a few different Yoga Sutra texts to compare as you study, so you can see a fuller picture, and in what context different people have applied them, giving you a chance to take what you've read and make them your own."
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It is also a good idea when starting to read the Yoga Sutras, to recognize that they are philosophy, and as such, can be extremely dense. In order to fully absorb the ideas presented, it may be best to start by reading a little bit at a time. For example, one passage in the morning after meditation to find some inspiration for the day to come!
Here are a few recommendations of favorite texts from Bernadette to get you started:
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Translation and Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda
"Great for a first look at the yoga sutras if you've not studied them before and you want to pick just one text to begin!"
This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration, and meditation. This new edition 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 ethics, meditation, and physical postures, and provide directions for dealing with situations in daily life.
The Sutras are presented here in the purest form, with the original Sanskrit and with translation, transliteration, and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda, one of the most respected and revered contemporary Yoga masters. In this classic context, Sri Swamiji offers practical advice based on his own experience for mastering the mind and achieving physical, mental, and emotional harmony.
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