From the Publisher
“This sweetly voiced explication of the Yoga Sutras is disarming in its simplicity . . . I read it smiling.” —Sylvia Boorstein, author of Pay Attention, for Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness
“A dynamic new interpretation . . . that will make this wonderful ancient teaching accessible to modern readers and useful in their daily life.”
—David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri), author of Yoga and Ayurveda
“Truly life changing. A book to be read again and again.”
—Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T., author of A Year of Living Your Yoga
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, estimated by yoga teacher Devi (The Healing Path of Yoga), an innovator in the field of alternative healing, to be at least 2500 years old (the general opinion is 1700–2200), is the first known book of yoga teachings. It has inspired hundreds of commentaries and translations, but this interpretation, for which Devi "reforms a variety of previous translations," is different. Its approach is from the heart, feminine, and intuitive, with a heartfelt consciousness. In its traditional format, Yoga Sutrasis divided into four books. Devi concentrates on Books 1 ("Union with Divine Self") and 2 ("Cultivation of a Spiritual Practice") before embarking on the more esoteric Books 3 ("The Divine Manifestation of Power") and 4 ("Supreme Liberation"). She accompanies each sutra first with commentary, then with a meditation, or what she calls an "experience." Devi embraces the spirit of the sutras, or aphorisms, not their literal meaning, allowing the sacred teachings to "vibrate" in the heart and soul. Why study the sutras? They remind us of how divine we are. Highly recommended for all libraries.