What the Divine Feminine Can Teach Us About Patanjali’s Yoga

The season of Navaratri has recently ended, and by spending nine nights with the three primary aspects of the feminine I entered into a softening in my perception of practice.  It was as though the Divine Mother moved my body and sense organs for me toward the anchor points of practice that somehow I keep forgetting exist: the Sutras.  Not often thought of in connection with the Divine Feminine, the Sutras suggest concrete means of active practice which are expressions of the Divine Mother’s qualities and aspects. The feminine is revered not only in the embodied forms of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati, but the qualities of Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati, also known as the gunas- tamas, rajas and sattwa.  Her force is measurable in the inertia of our gross body: the dense, hungry, woundable layers of flesh and bone.  She is also present in the agitation of prana: circulation, breath and thought waves.  She

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