For the Love of the Sutras

Attributed to Patanjali, the Yoga Sutras were compiled a few hundred years before the Common Era and are essentially the bible of yoga. I love them, because they are old yet still apply to the modern world. I love that they are succinct and specific. I love the feeling I get when I chant them, and I love that my life has changed for the better because of them. I am in awe of the sutras, and they inspire me. My teacher A.G. Mohan, a student of the late great father of modern yoga Krishnamacharya, instilled in me a deep sense of appreciation for each and every word of each and every sutra. In Sanskrit, sutra means string or thread. Imagine a tapestry like the ones hanging at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or at the Vatican. If you stand too close, you can’t see the entire picture. If you stand too far away, you can’t see the individual stitches. It is like this with the sutras. We need to get close enough to see each

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