अथ योगानुशासनम् ॥१॥
Now, here begins the exposition of Yoga
The first word of Patanjali’s first sutra is atha or NOW. The past and the future do not exist for the student of Yoga because one who practices Yoga is fully rooted in the present. All necessary steps have been taken to prepare yourself for this significant moment, when you have the desire, commitment, and discipline to pursue the highest path, the path of Yoga.