Liberation comes in stages! Earnest devotion to meditation and the eight-limbed path of yoga leads to progressive stages of samadhi, or realization. In Sutra 1.17, Patanjali names four distinct tiers of samadhi, or self realization. These… Read More »The First 4 Levels of Awakening, According to Yoga
ancient yoga philosophy and teachings from the scriptures, like the yoga sutras
Sutras 1.12-.15 In order to quiet the mind, the practitioner must engage in both practice and dispassion. This chunk of yoga sutras describe “abhyasa” and “vairagya,” practice and detachment. Let’s remember that what we are… Read More »Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.15 – Abyhasa + Vairagya Explained
Sutras 1.7-1.11 Patanjali breaks down the 5 categories of thought according to the yogic school. In this section of the Yoga Sutras, we get a deeper discussion of the forms of thought. This discussion of… Read More »Yoga Sutras 1.7-1.11 – Which Thoughts Dominate for You?
Sutra 1.5 Vrttaya pancatayyah klistaklistah There are five changing states of the mind, which are either helpful or detrimental to the path of yoga. The ancient yogis proposed that there are five basic categories of… Read More »Yoga Sutras 1.5 and 1.6 – The 5 Kinds of Vrttis (Thoughts)
Sutra 1.4 Vrtti-sarupyam itaratra Otherwise, at other times, the seer is absorbed in the changing states of the mind. The fourth sutra lets us know what happens when we fail to bring the mind to… Read More »Yoga Sutra 1.4 – You Are Not Your Thoughts
In yogic thought the world is comprised of three basic characteristics called the gunas. Learn more about these and find out which predominates in your life. Click the title to read.