Yoga in its most literal sense is meant to yoke, or unite, aspects of the body, the breath, and the mind. When these three come in to accord, we move beyond the physical forms into the subtle aspects of the anandamaya kosha, or the body of bliss, that inner divine nature that resides within all … Continue reading What is the Goal of Yoga?
Perennial joy or passing pleasure? This is the choice one is to make always. The wise recognize these two, but not The ignorant. The first welcome what leads To abiding joy, though painful at the time. The latter run, goaded by their senses, After what seems immediate pleasure. - Katha Upanishad She who is a … Continue reading Katha Upanishad: Bhoga and Yoga
Get up! Wake up! Seek the guidance of an Illuminated teacher and realize the Self. Sharp like a razor's edge, the sages say, Is the path, difficult to traverse. - Katha Upanishad
अथ योगानुशासनम् ॥१॥ atha yoga-anuśāsanam 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 … Continue reading Yoga Sutra 1.1