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Unravel The Thread: Living the Yoga Sutra today

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Can the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali be applied today? Sutra means thread. Yoga Sutra is the thread of yoga. Most interpretations of the Yoga Sutra are complex and hard to understand. After investing more than 12 years studying, chanting and teaching the Yoga Sutras, Ruben Vasquez guides you on a journey… read more

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Yoga Sutra 3.19 and 3.20 Samyama on gestures and actions

September 20th, 2021

8:28

Inner state of a person but not its cause.

What do you learn when you focus on a person's gestures, actions, and behavior? Will it be possible to find ways to interact with others with compassion and awareness?

Yoga Sutra 3.18 Samyama on impressions (samskaras)

September 13th, 2021

10:03

What do past impressions reveal to you?

What are the effects of impressions left by previous events in your mind, body, attitude, emotions, intentions, choices, actions and interactions?
 
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Yoga Sutra 3.17 Samyama for deep communication

September 6th, 2021

9:40

Are you clear on the differences between word, object and concept?

Do some concepts , ideas and beliefs interferece with your ability to communicate clearly? When you listen, are you listening with an attentive and open …

Yoga Sutra 3.16 Knowing past and future

September 1st, 2021

8:10

Integrative meditation on the three dimensions of change

Is it possible that samyama reveals the past and future of the objects you meditate upon?
What happens when you meditate on the changes of your own being?
Where …

Yoga Sutra 3.15 Perception of changes

August 23rd, 2021

8:19

Are you aware of the sequence of the stages of manifestation?

Are you witnessing reality without assumptions or expectations?
What happens when you choose to focus on the perceptual characteristics of everything around …

Yoga Sutra 3.14 Essence and characteristics

August 16th, 2021

10:37

The world is real and every object has an underlying essence.

Does the essence of an object exist as a pure idea somewhere beyond physical reality?  
Or, is that essence purely physical? In that case, does the essence …

Yoga Sutra 3-13 Changes in properties, characteristics and states

August 9th, 2021

9:03

Yoga Sutra 3.13 Changes in properties, characteristics and states

Tuning into the changes in your senses, external world and inner life.

Everything that exists, including you and your internal world, manifests along …

Yoga Sutra 3-12 Transformation of Unification

August 2nd, 2021

9:47

The illusion of fragmentation disappears

Can you start seeing everybody as your brother or sister?  
Can you relate to life as something you are deeply embedded in?  
Can you recognize that you are an individual …

Yoga Sutra 3.11 Transformation toward integration

July 26th, 2021

7:46

Releasing internal commentary and identification with externalities Are you being with what is happening without placing conditions? What is the actual experience of awareness of your own perceptions? When you have less …

Yoga Sutra 3.10 Inner Silence Expands

July 19th, 2021

7:00

Peaceful impressions contribute to expanding inner silence.

Is being more aware of your tendencies motivating you to cultivate helpful tendencies?

Yoga Sutra 3-09 Towards inner silence

July 12th, 2021

9:20

A transformation of body, mind and senses.

Gravitating towards personified consciousness. 
Do you notice a change in your attitude, mood, distraction, and inner environment? Do you complain more or less than before? Are …

Yoga Sutra 3-07 & 3-08 Levels of awareness

July 5th, 2021

8:43


Gradual process toward clarity

still lingering traces of separateness preventing the practitioner from fully embodying pure awareness. As you …

Yoga Sutra 3.6 Step by step

June 28th, 2021

6:59

Yoga Sutra 3.6 Step by step

Samyama is a gradual distillation of attention from a dense object to increasing levels of subtlety.

There are no shortcuts in yoga. Is your sensitivity growing? Are your knowledge and …

Yoga Sutra 3.5 Insight into higher wisdom

June 21st, 2021

9:05

Practicing yoga helps you recognize insight by distinguishing it from your opinions.

As you become more practiced in connecting to your inner spaciousness, stillness, and silence, what do you discover? 
How is your yoga …

Yoga Sutra 3.4 Meditative integration - samayama

June 14th, 2021

9:35

Natural progression from concentration to meditation and then to deep integration samadhi. 
 
When you let go of your opinions, beliefs and preferences, do you find it easier to remain in a meditative state? How do your …

Yoga Sutra 3.03 Integration - samadhi

June 7th, 2021

11:16

Yoga Sutra 3.3 Samadhi - integration

Becoming a receptacle for wholeness

The deep integration of samadhi is not a static state but a dynamic and …

Yoga Sutra 3-02 Meditation - dhyana

May 31st, 2021

10:20

Keep honing the ability to direct your attention internally to feel and witness the richness of your inner universe. It is important not to confuse …

Yoga Sutra 3-01 Concentration - dharana

May 24th, 2021

10:16

What is important enough to deserve your attention? Have you noticed how focusing mostly on temporary experiences and goals often results in riding …

Yoga Sutra Chapter 3 Magnificence - Introduction

May 17th, 2021

9:17

Definitions of yoga include: supernatural means, charm, enchantment, and magical art; and the definition of a yoga practitioner, a yogi or a yogini, includes a magician, a conjurer, and someone who possesses superhuman …

Yoga Sutra Chapter 2 Practice - Summary

May 10th, 2021

5:57

Yogic action [2.1-2.2]
Afflictions [2.3-2.11]
Effects [2.12-2.14]
Suffering [2.15-2.17]
Awareness and experiences [2.18-2.22]
Discernment [2.23-2.27]
The limbs of yoga [2.28-2.55]

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Yoga Sutra 2.55 Senses under control

May 3rd, 2021

6:34

Yoga Sutra 2.55 Senses under control

Putting your senses at the service of the highest goal.

Is your awareness at the service of your senses or are …

Yoga sutra 2-54 Pratyahara Inner sensitivity

April 26th, 2021

11:02

Charge your senses with the power of awareness. Curiosity about the myriad sensations making up your inner life provides the motivation and drive to embark on this inward journey. Where do these subtler experiences lead …

Yoga Sutra 2.53 Mind fit for concentration

April 19th, 2021

5:57

Can you neutralize arising distractions?
If you are noticing a calmer and more focused mind, how does it influence your outlook, perspective, choices, and interactions?
Is your ability to focus influenced by choosing a …

Yoga Sutra 2.52 Brighter inner light

April 12th, 2021

7:33

Yoga Sutra 2.52 Brighter inner light

Is your pranayama practice helping you align with your awareness?

If you practice conscious and easeful …

Yoga Sutra 2.51 Breath beyond regulation

April 5th, 2021

9:45

What happens to your breath when your mind is absorbed in something fascinating? What happens when you try to lengthen your breath with consistency? What happens when you shorten your breathing to its minimum level?


Yoga Sutra 2.50 Systematic long and subtle breathing

March 29th, 2021

10:35

What is the duration of your natural, involuntary inhalation?
How does it compare to the duration of your natural exhalation?
Is there a brief pause …

Yoga Sutra 2.49 Pranayama: Breath regulation

March 22nd, 2021

10:14

What is your level of awareness of your respiratory system?
What moves in your body when you breathe? Do you hold your breath involuntarily?
What are …

Yoga Sutra 2.48 Beyond dualities

March 15th, 2021

7:41

What are the dualities that influence your understanding?
To what extent are I and not I useful categories for enhancing the quality of your life? …

Yoga Sutra 2.47 Releasing struggle and endless integration

March 8th, 2021

10:02

What are the sources of your struggles when you practice asana? Are your struggles a symptom of your assumptions and expectations? What is your relationship to time in your practice?
Can your asana and vinyasa practice …

Yoga Sutra 2.46 Steady and joyful posture - asana

March 1st, 2021

9:55

Asana is striking a balance between steadiness and joy. Is there any strain, struggle or self-judgement in your physical yoga practice? How do you ensure that you are balancing your strength, flexibility, and relaxation?

Yoga Sutra 2.45 Effects of humility (ishvara pranidhana)

February 22nd, 2021

8:42

How do you relate to what is beyond your control?
Are you aware of the limits of your understanding? What attitudes are more conducive to attracting …

Yoga Sutra 2.44 Effects of wisdom (svadhyaya)

February 15th, 2021

5:59

For you, what is life?
Where do you find wisdom?
How do you recognize true wisdom?
Do you really know yourself?
What does Supreme Being mean to you?

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Yoga Sutra 2.43 Effects of enthusiasm (tapas)

February 8th, 2021

10:55

Tapas is a process of self-regulation. Are you aware of your patterns in movement, posture, breathing, thought, and emotions?
Which patterns …

Yoga Sutra 2.42 Effects of Contentment - santosha

February 1st, 2021

6:40

Are you creating satisfaction from within or based on the world outside?
What are your internal filters that cause dissatisfaction?
What needs to happen for you to find joy deep within?

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Yoga Sutra 2.41 Effects of clarity II (shaucha)

January 25th, 2021

8:45

Remember that gaining clarity will make more apparent the areas where there is still confusion, just like cleaning and organizing one closet or room in your home will make the disorderliness in other rooms more evident.

Yoga Sutra 2.40 Effects of Clarity I (shaucha)

January 21st, 2021

9:33

Are there areas of your mental, physical, or emotional life that you choose to ignore?
What is the nature of the blockages that you find? Is it …

Yoga Sutra 2.39 Results of freedom from cravings (aparigraha)

January 11th, 2021

7:34

Do you live in abundance, scarcity or craving?
How much time, energy and resources do you allocate to maintaining what you own? Do you derive your sense of self from your material possessions, appearance, and …

Yoga Sutra 2.38 Results of reverence for life - brahmacharya

January 6th, 2021

6:55

How do you gauge moderation in your actions? Is there balance in your life between work, play, personal development, and relationships? Is there anything that sparks the light of vitality and enthusiasm in you?

Yoga Sutra 2.37 Results of Fairness and generosity (asteya)

January 1st, 2021

10:29

How do you see yourself in relation to the world of material comforts?
How much of your time do you invest meditating on money?
How does that compare …

Yoga Sutra 2.36 Results of integrity (satya)

December 21st, 2020

8:27

What happens if you choose to see you as you and everything around you from the microscopic to the macrocosmic?
What would happen if you chose to …

Yoga Sutra 2.35 Results of Love and Compassion (ahimsa)

December 14th, 2020

8:44

What enables you to open your heart?
How are you cultivating compassion and kindness towards yourself?
How are you cultivating compassion and …

Yoga Sutras 2.30-2.34: Guidelines for reducing strain and struggle

December 7th, 2020

7:37

An efficient energy management system so that your energy is not generating more agitation but instead contributing to enhance the quality of your life.

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Yoga Sutra 2.34 Abstaining from violence and negativity

December 1st, 2020

12:33

Engaging in negativity and violence plants the seeds for future experiences that will be colored by suffering. How are your different systems …

Yoga Sutra 2.33 Turning things around (pratipaksha bhavana)

November 23rd, 2020

11:18

What happens when you choose uplifting and helpful ways of being? By letting go of the pattern again and again, with gentle and patient persistence, …

Yoga Sutra 2.32 Niyamas: Humility - ishvara pranidhana

November 16th, 2020

10:24

Do you have complete command of your own body, mind, or emotions? What are the chances that you may be able to control the world outside of you? How …

Yoga Sutra 2.32 Niyamas: Wisdom - svadhyaya

November 9th, 2020

11:48

Wisdom, understood as pure common sense, is instrumental to your most important duty: your wholehearted and open-minded participation in life’s …

Yoga Sutra 2.32 Niyamas: Enthusiasm - tapas

November 2nd, 2020

9:56

Tapas is the fire that helps us overcome our tendency to predict and to assume that we already know what will happen. Tapas is also the heat …

Yoga Sutra 2.32 Niyamas: Contentment - samtosha

October 26th, 2020

10:35

What conditions are you putting on yourself, your life and others? What do you need in order to feel happy? Can the practice of gratitude open a door to contentment?

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Yoga Sutra 2.32 Niyamas: Clarity - shaucha

October 19th, 2020

11:07

Niyamas: Clarity (shaucha), Contentment (santosha), Enthusiasm (tapas), Wisdom (svadhyaya) and Humility (ishvara pranidhana)

Are there any sensations, thoughts and emotions that indicate you are aligning with purity in …

Yoga Sutra 2.30 Yamas Abundance and simplicity - aparigraha

October 12th, 2020

9:38

How much do I really need? To what extent does what I have contribute to enhance the quality of my life? What level of maintenance do my possessions require? Do I own what I have or does what I have own me? To what …

Yoga Sutra 2.30 Yamas: Curiosity and reverence for life (brahmacharya)

October 5th, 2020

8:48

Brahmacharya is an invitation to become one with the life force all around you. How am I cultivating life affirming thoughts, attitudes, actions and …

Yoga Sutra 2.30 Yamas Fairness and Generosity Asteya

September 28th, 2020

9:53

What are the differences between what you want, expect and need? How do you know the difference? How do these ideas relate to the notion of fairness and generosity? How you contribute to affirm life and how you …

Yoga Sutra 2.30 Yama Integrity (satya)

September 21st, 2020

11:40

Satya is being whole in your thoughts, intentions, movements, words, actions and interactions.

What is your true nature? How do you honor your true …

Yoga Sutras 2.30 and 2.31 The Yamas, wise ways of reducing tension

September 14th, 2020

14:35

Love, Integrity, Fairness and Generosity, Curiosity and Reverence for Life, Abundance and Simplicity.

A great universal vow to appreciate and honor the interdependent nature of life in all forms and manifestations. …

Yoga Sutra 2.29 The eight limbs of yoga

September 7th, 2020

10:55

Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi

what does your practice consist of? Which limbs of yoga do you prefer to practice? Why? Does your current practice create a balance between body, …

Yoga Sutra 2.28 Effects of practicing eight limbs of yoga

August 31st, 2020

7:51

Yoga removes impurities, increases wisdom and establishes discriminative awareness

Are inefficiencies in your attitudes, posture, movements, breathing, thinking, feeling and interacting? Are there any signs that you …

Yoga Sutra 2.27 Liberation unfolds in seven stages

August 24th, 2020

11:46

Notice suffering. Identify causes of suffering. Reduce distractions. Internal climate of clarity. Everything leads to liberation. Disinterest in …

Yoga Sutra 2.26 Uninterrupted discernment

August 17th, 2020

8:51

Noticing the fundamental difference between being and doing

The person established in discriminative awareness recognizes the fundamental difference between living in harmony with the perfection of life on the one hand, …

Yoga Sutra 2.25 Freedom by removing confusion

August 10th, 2020

11:13

The relationship between consciousness, experiences and awareness

In your daily activities, do you tend to identify more with your sensations or with your ability to witness? Are your ways of moving and breathing …

Yoga Sutra 2.24 Confusion is identifying with experiences

August 3rd, 2020

6:12

How do you clarify the difference between your experiences and your awareness?

When you believe that you are your experiences, your stories and your body you live in confusing leading you to a never-ending cycle of …

Yoga Sutra 2.23 Differentiate permanent from impermanent

July 27th, 2020

10:29

Awareness and experiences come together to clarify the distinction between what is enduring and what is temporary. How do you decide what is worth your attention, time and energy? What in you is permanent? What in you …

Yoga Sutra 2.22 The world is real

July 20th, 2020

9:12

What is the relationship between world, experiences and awareness?

What is the role of your experiences? How do you participate in the world? What is …

Yoga Sutra 2.21 Experiences for benefit of the Witness

July 13th, 2020

10:29

What is the raison d'être of experiences?

The relationship between consciousness and experiences. You may choose between two distinct options: identifying with your experiences; or releasing all identification and …

Yoga Sutra 2.20 Witness

July 6th, 2020

9:32

The ability to witness experiences in their endless changes.

How are you cultivating your presence? Are you aware of the space, the stillness and the …

Yoga Sutra 2.19 States of Manifestation

June 29th, 2020

9:25

Yoga Sutra 2.19 States of manifestation

From unmanifest to manifesto to subtle to apparent

Where do your ideas originate and how do they become your actions in the world? Are you aware of the states of manifestation of …

Yoga Sutra 2.18 Experiences leading to liberation

June 22nd, 2020

10:33

Anything and everything that can be experienced is either active (kriya), resting (sthiti) or in a state of equilibrium (prakasha) between activity and inertia.

When you conflate the experiences with the awareness …

Yoga Sutra 2.17 The cause of suffering

June 15th, 2020

11:16

When the identifications are released, the awareness that animates your body and that also enables you to think, feel, see and interact, is what remains. That awareness is consciousness flowing through you. That …

Yoga Sutra 2.16 Avoidable suffering

June 8th, 2020

9:02

Is your life an emotional roller coaster? The pain you feel is a sensation that offers you potentially useful information. Does your suffering …

Yoga Sutra 2.15 Suffering

June 1st, 2020

10:39

What would you need to love your life exactly as it is right now?

All experiences and sensations are temporary. The wise person knows that anything …

Yoga Sutras 2.12-2.13-2.14 Karma

May 25th, 2020

15:06

Afflictions create impressions that influence experiences and life according to our intentions


Interaction between afflictions (kleshas), actions (karma), impressions (samskaras) and life both in the present and in the …

Yoga Sutra 2.11 Meditation counteracts active afflictions

May 18th, 2020

7:44

What afflictions emerge during your meditation?

The second way to deactivate afflictions, meditation. What happens when you try to be with what is just as it is? Have you noticed patterns in your ways of moving, …

Yoga Sutra 2.10 Dissolving subtle afflictions

May 11th, 2020

16:49

Yoga Sutra 2.10 Dissolving subtle afflictions

What is the subtlest aspect of you?

The involution process to deactivate the afflictionsgradually. …

Yoga Sutra 2.9 Clinging to Life

May 4th, 2020

11:15

The more invested we are in our identity the greater our attachment to our life. What is your life? Do you live your life with a tacit assumption that your embodied life will last for a long time? Can you consider that …

Yoga Sutra 2.7 & 2.8 Desire and Aversion

April 27th, 2020

8:53

Are you in charge of your likes and dislikes, or are they driving your decisions and actions? What is the origin of your wanting and cravings? To what extent do you believe that your likes and dislikes define who you …

Yoga Sutra 2.6 Self-centeredness (asmita)

April 20th, 2020

8:44

What is your sense of "I"? Is there something in you that is not temporary? Do you entertain misperceptions distorting who you think you are such as “I am not good enough,” “I am not complete,” “I am lacking” and “I do …

Yoga Sutra 2.5 Confusing permanent and impermanent

April 13th, 2020

9:59

Avidya leads you to get entangled in endless internal chatter

What in you is permanent? What in you is impermanent? What is pure? Wat is impure? How …

Yoga Sutras 2.3 and 2.4 The five afflictions and their states

April 6th, 2020

14:25

Not knowing who you are (avidya), misidentification (asmita), likes (raga), dislikes (dvesha) and fear of daying (abinivesha). Is your identity at your service or are you at the service of your identity? How much energy …

Yoga Sutra 2.2 Less afflictions and Greater integration

March 30th, 2020

9:36

Yogic actions result in dynamic harmony

What afflictions take you away from your natural harmony and balance? Is it true that acting with enthusiasm, …

Yoga Sutra 2.1 Yogic Action

March 23rd, 2020

12:43

Act with enthusiasm, intelligence and humility

To engage in any worthwhile action, you need enthusiasm. Tapas, enthusiasm can best be synthesized as: Do the best that you can. Svadhyaya is embodied intelligence that can …

Yoga Sutra Summary Chapter 1 Integration

March 16th, 2020

6:52

An exploration of the state of being

This first chapter consists of six interconnected topics: what is yoga? [1.1-1.4], ways of being [1.5-1.11], a …

Patanjali Yoga Sutra1.51 Supreme integration

March 9th, 2020

9:06

All Impressions and identification dissolve

The level of integration when there are no subconscious impressions left (nirbija samadhi). Culmination …

Patanjali Yoga Sutra1.50 Impressions of absolute true wisdom

March 2nd, 2020

7:56

Beneficial impressions contain unhelpful impressions

As you remove distractions and experience your inner calmness you allocate more energy and …

Patanjali Yoga Sutra1.48 and 1.49 Absolute True Wisdom

February 24th, 2020

9:46

Bearing the truth in one’s self (rtambhara)

Witness with greater clarity the intricate and delicate interconnectedness between all aspects of life. Your direct experience of wisdom cannot be replaced by inference and …

Yoga Sutra 1.47 Purifying integration

February 17th, 2020

5:46

Releasing ways of being

Free from distractions. Ways of being neutralized. Wisdom. Is the internal voice that comments and judges everything you perceive becoming quieter?

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Yoga Sutra 1.46 Integration states with seed

February 10th, 2020

6:59

Eventually the focal object is released

Two interpretations of bija, as focal point and as subconscious impressions that remain and generate future actions. A practice to release the focal object of the meditation.

Yoga Sutra 1.45 Undifferentiated substratum of existence

February 3rd, 2020

7:43

Experiencing pure awareness directly
 
What are the subtlest aspects of your own experiences? What is beyond your subtlest aspect? What is the space where all experiences take place?

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Yoga Sutra 1.44 Subtle levels of integration

January 27th, 2020

7:53

Focus on subtler objects of meditation

What focal objects are fascinating enough to invite you into these deeper stages of meditation? What effect does it have on you to experience a focal object directly? What effect …

Yoga Sutra 1.43 Integration beyond conceptualization

January 20th, 2020

7:43

The meditation object stands alone

Are you noticing a refinement in your perception? To what extent can you be so absorbed in something that your internal chatter stops? When that happens, do you experience objects, …

Yoga Sutra 1.42 Integration with reasoning

January 13th, 2020

7:05

First stage of integration, savitarka samadhi

Once there are no distractions, awareness is filled by the focal object, its name and its meaning. This is the beginning of integration (samadhi).

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Yoga Sutra 1.41 Pure like a crystal

January 6th, 2020

9:02

Yielding, giving way and coming together (samapatti)

At the threshold of integration. Letting go of internal commentary and reactivity. What is …

Yoga Sutra 1.40 Insight from smallest to largest

December 30th, 2019

10:12

Progression of insight towards liberation

What are the filters you use to interpret what you perceive? What happens when you set aside your usual ways of seeing the world? What happens when your attention is not …

Yoga Sutra 1.39 Or, by focusing on anything uplifting

December 23rd, 2019

7:46

Are you inspired?

Are you dedicating your energy and awareness to something uplifting? How does inspiration feel? Are you cultivating inspiring …

Yoga Sutra 1.38 Insight from dreams

December 16th, 2019

7:37

What can you learn from your dreams?

Is dreaming a way to make sense of your own life story? Do dreams show you the influence of your thoughts, actions and interactions? As your inner calmness grows, what subconscious …

Yoga Sutra 1.37 Serenity beyond desire

December 9th, 2019

8:34

Are you in touch with your deep inner calm?

Cultivating inner tranquility. What makes you forget your inner peace? Are your desires contributing to …

Yoga Sutra 1.36 Cultivating the inner light

December 2nd, 2019

7:35

Are you conscious of your inner light?

What might be covering your inner light? To what extent is it possible for you to connect to your inner light? What happens when you try gazing at a candle flame (trataka)? Can …

Yoga Sutra 1.35 Subtle Sensations Focus

November 25th, 2019

8:37

Eliminate distractions by focusing on subtle sense perceptions

Develop sensitivity to focus your senses instead of chasing after sensory stimuli. …

Yoga Sutra 1.34 Focused Exhalations and Retentions

November 18th, 2019

10:29

Your breath as a focal point

Tuning into your breathing patterns as a direct portal to presence. Invite your attention inwardly and establish an intimate connection with your respiratory processes. Are there differences …

Yoga Sutra 1.33 Friendliness Compassion Inspiration Equanimity

November 11th, 2019

13:43

How do you counteract your biases and prejudices?

Harmonizing single pointed focus with attitudes of moderation. What do you feel for people who are happy? How do you feel about people who are suffering? How do you …

Yoga Sutra 1.32 Single pointed focus

November 4th, 2019

8:27

What is important enough to deserve your undivided attention?

What do you invest your energy, time and resources in? Do you suspect that that other times and places are more important than the place you are in right …

Yoga Sutra 1.31 Symptoms of Distractions and Obstacles

October 28th, 2019

8:41

Distress, despair, suffering, trembling, abruptness breathing. Are you content?

Symptoms of distractions manifest physically, mentally and emotionally. They are feedback to your previous actions and may suggest changes …

Yoga Sutra 1.30 Distractions and Obstacles

October 21st, 2019

10:59

What obstacles and distractions are keeping you from progressing toward greater integration?

The obstacles and distractions include: disease (vyadi), …

Yoga Sutra 1.29: Awareness turns inward and disturbances are removed

October 14th, 2019

8:03

Does chanting OM turn awareness inward and remove obstacles?

Verify if the practice of chanting OM and meditation on its meaning is working. Notice if there is more or less reactivity in you. Are you more distracted or …

Yoga Sutras 1.27 - 1.28 Supreme Being, OM, Chanting and meditation

October 7th, 2019

15:53

The OM symbol and practice to reflect on Supreme Being

Practice for embodying the path of ishvara pranidhana, the wholehearted cultivation of …

Yoga Sutra 1.26 Timeless unequaled teacher

September 30th, 2019

9:04

Are you making yourself available to life?

Does your yoga practice transport you into the eternal present moment? Have you found ways to enter the timelessness dimension of life? Are you tuned into your own learning …

Yoga Sutra 1.25 Unsurpassed seed of omniscience

September 23rd, 2019

7:06

Is all-encompassing, pervasive awareness possible?

If you ever get subtle helpful hints that provide insight or clarity, where do these hints come …

Yoga Sutra 1.24 Unaffected by afflictions, actions, consequences

September 16th, 2019

11:43

Is there anything not influenced by obstacles, actions or their effects?

Notice if you are affected by pain, action, consequences and their impressions. Is it possible for you to deactivate the buttons that trigger your …

Yoga Sutra 1.23: Surrender the illusion of control

September 9th, 2019

12:08

Gain a deeper perspective

This verse invites you to recognize that you did not create yourself, or the Universe and, despite whatever you may …

Yoga Sutras 1.21 and 1.22: Commitment and Intensity

September 2nd, 2019

12:05

Consistent commitment and smart regulation of intensity

The results of your practice are proportional to your commitment and the intensity of your …

Yoga Sutra 1.20: Progression to wisdom

August 26th, 2019

9:08

Faith, vitality, memory, evenness and wisdom

Gradual process from trust that generates confidence and enthusiasm to stay focused on the goal of the journey. Memory helps to stay on the path and gradually the mind …

Yoga Sutra 1.19 Beyond Subtle Integration

August 19th, 2019

10:05

Relationship to your body and disembodiment

The counterbalance and complement between life and conscience. Do you identify with your body? Do you identify with your beliefs? What happens when you explore disembodiment?

Yoga Sutra 1.18: Integration beyond higher wisdom

August 12th, 2019

11:32

Inner stillness and silence with some impressions remaining

As your inner silence increases are you noticing some patterns in the thoughts, memories and ideas disrupting that silence? What has left strong impressions in …

Yoga Sutra 1.17: Progression To Integration

August 5th, 2019

14:21

Gradually refining your awareness

As a result of practice and detachment, distractions decrease and concentration can move organically to greater …

Yoga Sutra 1.16: Awareness of Truth

July 29th, 2019

7:16

Setting all distractions aside

It is possible to stop chasing after sensations, thoughts and emotions. What is not temporary? Is there anything that lasts? When you contemplate impermanence, do you notice any changes in …

Yoga Sutra 1.15: Releasing attachments

July 22nd, 2019

10:58

Complementing practice with freedom from grasping

What are the sources of distraction for me at home, at work, in my yoga practice and in my interactions with others? What do I crave? What are the expectations, beliefs …

Yoga Sutra 1.14 Firmly rooted practice

July 14th, 2019

10:29

Making your yoga practice consistent

Is your practice without interruptions? Are you doing your best effort? Do your actions reflect your intention? …

Yoga Sutra 1.13 Practice: Deliberate intention

July 7th, 2019

7:18

Setting a meaningful intention to guide your practice

What are your commitments? Are your commitments aligned with your heartfelt purpose? What do …

Yoga Sutra 1.12 Practice and Release

June 30th, 2019

9:38

Method for decreasing ways of being

Integrating the complementary aspects of Being and Doing to create a dynamic equilibrium that brings about harmony within and without.

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Yoga Sutra 1.11 Memory

May 13th, 2019

9:04

How do my memories influence my ability to be present?


Is my attitude old or young? What is my relationship to my memories? Are some of my memories …

Yoga Sutra 1.10 Sleep

May 6th, 2019

8:03

How does my sleep contribute to my ability to be present?

Are there differences between dreaming and deep sleep? What are the relationships between my activities and the quality of my sleep? What is active during my …

Yoga Sutra 1.9 Imagination

April 28th, 2019

9:32

Do my thoughts contribute to the quality of my participation in my life?

What are the stories in my head? What is the role of the stories I create? …

Yoga Sutra 1.8 Misperception

April 20th, 2019

9:40

Is there a gap between what I think I am doing and what I am actually doing?

Do I do what I say I do? Do my actions match my intentions? How can I ensure that what I know is true?

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Yoga Sutra 1.7 Knowledge: Direct experience, inference and valid testimony

April 14th, 2019

9:40

What do I know and how do i know it?

Explore what I know, how I know it and how can I ensure that what I know is correct.

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Yoga Sutra 1.6 Ways of Being

April 7th, 2019

8:41

How do I know what I know? How do I know if what I think I know is true? What do I think? What are my dreams? What do I store in my memory?

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Yoga Sutra 1.5 Know your Tendencies

April 1st, 2019

8:10

Are my inclinations useful or harmful?

To what extent do I know my own inclinations? How do my habits manifest pj=physically, mentally and …

Yoga Sutra 1.4: Misidentification

March 22nd, 2019

15:13

What do I identify with? Which of the ways of being I identify with are temporary? How do my labels influence my perspective, my choices and my action?

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Yoga Sutra 1.3 Embodied Presence - Your True Nature

March 16th, 2019

11:46

This sutra tells us what happens when we can regulate our ways of being or internal activities successfully. What happens when you choose to stay …

Yoga Sutra 1.2 Yoga Regulating Ways of Being

March 10th, 2019

13:06

Are you participating wholeheartedly in your own life?
If you tend to get distracted, start by becoming aware of your own ways of beings. Notice how …

Yoga Sutra 1.1 Now, Yoga Practice

March 2nd, 2019

9:11

Once you are ready, you choose to make a commitment to yourself and to your life by being present. Using playful curiosity to motivate you to keep …

Who are you?

February 24th, 2019

11:17

Is there a difference between who you are and who you think you are?

The first four verses of Patanjali's yoga sutra offer a complete framework for all yoga practices. These sutras are loaded with significance while …

What is Yoga?

February 18th, 2019

12:06

Refining the definition of yoga in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra: Yoga is regulating your ways of being.

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One word Yoga Sutra summary: Presence

February 11th, 2019

10:09

Can the word Presence summarize the whole Yoga Sutra?

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February 4th, 2019

10:16

Can the Yoga Sutra be applied today? Understanding the meaning of yoga philosophy and its importance today.

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