Patanjali, “Fallen Angel”, and his Yoga Sutras


Our training (Lightrail Yoga Teacher Training) is not only about physical exercise but a combination of the entire philosophy of Yoga. Among them being the study on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Sutras, or verses, are said to be the first scriptures of Yoga. Patanjali literally means, “Fallen angel”, and they say he came to assist humanity.

One of Patanjali´s first sutras gives us the goal of Yoga, “Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah”, and the translation being “the restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga”. Actually, it’s not only the goal of Yoga but also the practice itself. He says that “by controlling the rising of the mind into ripples, you've experienced Yoga. This basically means that if you can control your mind, you have controlled everything.

Easier said than done, right? I've realized, however, that only by being aware on how the mind works between the “cittas” (mind-stuff) and “vrttis” (modifications), is already a big step ahead. And going through all that “mind-stuff” is surely is an interesting road!



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  1. Cynical Yogi no poet or writer would ever use that word which I have plyaing in another window as i write this. I type at about twenty words a minute and to be honest the reason no one would use it is it would only add one word to the almighty word count. It is still plyaing as I end this post.I even did the word Verification which are hard for me because I always have to double check I got them correct and it is still being read out.Now I saw a couple of spell check red lines in the above and it is still being read. It would make a good rap song if it had a better beat though, still going it is, (pause)(more pause) switch windows...still more than 2.5 minutes left until it is done being read. Lot of work for a single word added to a word count.good luck with that poem. outta here with 60 seconds left to the reading of the word.

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