The Yoga Sutras is one of the original texts and teachings of Yoga, written in Sanskrit 1700 years ago by Patanjali. It describes the path towards Samadhi, which is enlightenment, true bliss, absorption, inner peace.
There are 195 yoga sutras in total. Each sutra is a thread or teaching that helps us on our path and journey towards Samadhi.
The Yoga Sutras have been translated from Sanskrit into English and many other languages, and as a result, interpreted by many practitioners and authors.
If you are ready to deepen your Yoga practice beyond Asana, the physical postures, I highly recommend learning about the original teachings of yoga in the Yoga Sutras.
In summary, you will learn that Yoga is a set of practices that help us to live with more peace, love, joy and compassion. Yoga goes way beyond the physical postures, or Asanas, that are more well known in the West. In fact, there are only 3 sutras out of 195 yoga sutras that refer to and teach Asanas, the physical postures. The real practice of Yoga is training the mind, purifying mind and body, and connecting with our inner Self, our true nature.
I highly recommend the following books. I also teach various Yoga Sutras classes and workshops at our Body Flows Yoga Retreats.
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Author: Sally Mitchell, founder of Body Flows Yoga Retreats and RYT 200 Yoga Teacher leads yoga retreats in the USA, Mexico and Costa Rica. Living in beautiful Sonoma, California, after 15 years in NYC and San Francisco, her approach as a leader and teacher is holistic, balanced and grounded. She enjoys studying and practicing Yoga and Buddhism, hiking and trail running in nature, traveling, writing and inspiring others to live a more spiritual and meaningful life.