Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Word up Wednesday: Sutra

I’m currently procrastinating working on my yoga teacher training take-home test… Procrastinating, I just read in Psychology Today, qualifies as self-sabotage. Which is quite ironic, considering I’m in the middle of writing an exam answer about The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, about 200 aphorisms on how NOT to self-sabotage…


Sutra: Literally means “thread”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are phrases once said by sage Patanjali Maharishi that explain how to do yoga, be mindful, find clarity, etc.

“Within the space of these 200 short Sutras, the entire science of Yoga is clearly delineated: its aim, the necessary practices, the obstacles you may meet along the path, their removal, and precise descriptions of the results that will be obtained from such practices.” - Sri Swami Satchidananda

In other words, Patanjali really lays it out for us, via a list of lessons no longer than 140 characters each... Like philosophical tweets.

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