Fourteen Words, Infinite Possibility

The first four sutras of the Yoga Sutras are known as the chatursloki. In fourteen Sanskrit words, Patanjali lays out the entire meaning of the spiritual practice that offers a way to experience the Soul, the true Self, pure consciousness—purusha.

1. Atha Yoga Anushasanam

Now, the spiritual practice and philosophy of Yoga following the doctrine of teachings.

Atha means now. Now. Right now. At this moment. The present moment. It isn’t just now – as in the teachings are starting right now – but it is now, as in the promise and the goal of Yoga. Anu means following and shasanam means instruction on the discipline of the teachings, teachings that have been practiced by Patanjali.

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