Cornerstones of Yoga Philosophy from Bernadette: The Yoga Sutras

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