Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom beyond the Mat

Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom beyond the Mat

Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom beyond the Mat

Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom beyond the Mat


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Discover wisdom of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali—the ancient text on yoga philosophy—with this “perfect guide for dipping your toe into where and how you understand the Sutras and their impact on your own life” (Book Riot)

In its highest form, yoga is a practice for your body and your mind. Living the Sutras brings the wisdom of classical yoga philosophy into your life in an accessible and relevant way. The Yoga Sutras, written by the guru Patanjali over two thousand years ago, are made up of 196 aphorisms that offer potent teachings on how to deal with loss and pain, and guidance on how to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Here, Kelly DiNardo and Amy Pearce-Hayden offer an entrée to this yoga training for the mind and spirit by introducing a sutra or group of sutras on a related theme—providing a brief commentary, and writing prompts to allow you to reflect on and apply the meaning of the sutras to your life.
Living the Sutras is at once an introduction to the classical philosophy, a quick guide for students and teachers, and an active self-study that helps you to engage with yoga wisdom in a deeply personal way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611805499
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 431,723
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Amy Pearce-Hayden has devoted twenty years of study, practice, and teaching to classical yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, and meditation. She founded the RajaHatha School of Yoga in 2003, and continues to certify teachers in her 200 and 500 hour lineage. She is also a regular guest contributor to Yoga International and yoga instructor for the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Kelly DiNardo is a journalist and author whose work regularly appears in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, among others. She is also a yoga instructor and owner of Past Tense yoga studio in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Now We Begin 1

Book 1 Samadhi Pada 9

True Colors: Sutras 1:2-1:3 11

Colors of Our Mind: Sutras 1:4-1:11 15

Balancing Act: Sutras 1:12-1:16 25

Joy Ride: Sutras: 1:17-1:18 31

The Approach: Sutras 1:19-1:22 35

Divine Connection: Sutras 1:23-1:29 41

Afflictions: Sutras 1:30-1:31 47

Antidotes: Sutras 1:32-1:39 51

Destination Zen: Sutras 1:40-1:51 65

Book 2 Sadhana Pada 69

Creatures of Habit: Sutras 2:1-2:2 71

Obstacle Course: Sutras 2:3-2:9 75

Breaking the Cycle: Sutras 2:10-2:16 87

A Matter of Perspective: Sutras 2:17-2:25 93

Eyes Wide Open: Sutras 2:26-2:29 97

The Outer Limbs: Ready, Steady, Go: Sutras 2:30-2:34 101

The First Limb: Core Code: Sutras 2:35-2:39 107

The Second Limb: Our Behavioral Backbone: Sutras 2:40-2:45 117

The Third Limb: Take a Seat: Sutras 2:46-2:48 131

The Fourth Limb: Breathe Easy: Sutras 2:49-2:53 135

The Fifth Limb: Quiet, Please: Sutras: 2:54-2:55 141

Book 3 Vibhuti Pada 143

The Inner Limbs: The Path Forward: Sutras 3:1-3:3 145

Acknowledgments 151

Appendix 1 Resources 157

Appendix 2 The Sutras 167

About the Authors 197

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