The yoga sutras have been called the road map for the yogi. They help us navigate the twists and turns of our mind. They are something that I couldn’t even approach when I was just beginning my yoga practice because I was barely on my journey and pretty much didn’t know how to read the map! As the years and the tears have gone by my interest in them has grown. As with any form of learning, it is very important to find a good teacher that you resonate with. It is the teacher that breathes life into the teachings. I have been blessed with great teachers in my journey and I hope you have too.
So, why study the sutras ? There are many good reasons but I am going to limit this to three of them. I imagine I will continue to expand on these yourself as time goes by:
1. The yoga sutras say that we practice yoga to alleviate and possibly avoid some of our future suffering. For most of us, much of our suffering is between our ears; in our minds. The sutras are essentially the psychology of yoga. They give us practical tools to navigate this journey called Life.
2. While Asana is an incredible part of yoga, what is so cool to me is that Patanjali(the author of the yoga sutras) said that the easiest way to access our psyche is through our physical tissue. So as we begin yoga and start putting ourselves in the poses, we also begin to tap into our emotional and spiritual bodies. This can be scary and a little freaky. The sutras are awesome because they show us that people have been feeling the same way for thousands of years and there is a way out of the pain.
3. Chanting the yoga sutras is a form of pranayama and it just feels so good. Chanting is considered to be a form of internal medicine and sound is healing. Sanskrit, the original language of yoga, is a vibratory language. That means that when we chant, we are putting out a high vibration that resonates within and beyond ourselves. It’s a healing practice and we all need a healing.
So, find a sutra teacher or come to my class and start to explore this deeper layer of the practice. You will love it!
Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti,