Every Sunday, Maggie Reagh will present a month-long series of blog posts on one of Patanjali’s key Yoga Sutra-s (YS), encouraging you to reflect on how it relates to your current life situation through a Yoga Sutra Journal Question.
The sacredness of Sun (Surya)-day, the day that the Sun is honoured in many cultures, is a brilliant day to do Sva-dhyaya (Self-reflection) through the vehicle of the YS, which like koans, can break your head open, revealing the wisdom of your inherent shining Heart.
Maggie honours her great Yoga-acharya, DV Sridhar of Yoga Rakṣanam, Chennai, India for teaching her the YS for more than 10 years. This blog is dedicated to him and her other teachers with great gratitude.
We start our exploration with the first sutra of the first chapter of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra-s, Sāmadhi Pādaḥ, The Path to an Enlightened Heart.
I-1 Atha-yogānuśāsanam Now, let’s start our study of Yoga as it has been practiced, experienced, and applied, only then being passed down from teacher to student throughout the centuries. May it be an auspicious beginning for the benefit of all future generations of Yogi-s.
Yoga Sutra Journal Question
What are you committed to? What are your long term goals? What are the benefits or pitfalls of being committed to pursuing those goals? Are they coming from your head or Heart? Do you struggle with sticking to one thing for a long time, jumping from one experience to another OR do you commit and go in deeply through the ups and downs of each long term experience?