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Five Vrittis – workshop transcript, yoga sutras 1.6 thru 1.15

[This is an edited version of the transcript of the monthly workshop on the yoga sutras held on September 16, 2017. In this session, we covered sutras 6 through 15 in chapter 1. Visit the podcast page on my blog for the audio recording]

Invocation to Sage Patanjali

In this invocation, Patanjali is credited […]

Definition of yoga – workshop transcript, Sutras 1.1 thru 1.5

[This is an edited version of the transcript of the monthly workshop on the yoga sutras held on August 19, 2017. In this session, we covered sutras 1.1 through 1.5. Visit the podcast page to listen to the audio podcast.]

Whenever we study the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, we begin with an invocation to […]

14-day Pranayama Intensive, Sep 18 – Oct 1, 2017

Vishnu Mudra

I am pleased to announce the next Pranayama intensive. In this program, we will be practicing some of the main pranayama techniques given in our ancient yoga texts. I will also discuss the underlying concepts in the practice of pranayama and all the wonderful benefits that the practice can bring […]

14-day Meditation Intensive, May 1-14

Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

I am pleased to announce the next Meditation Intensive. In this program, I will discuss the basic concepts of meditation and practice several of the concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana) techniques. Most of the information that I will be sharing is based on the concepts discussed in Patanjali’s Yoga […]

How to make proper choices in life

At every step in our life, we are presented with multiple options to choose from. The choices that we make today can have a serious impact on our future. We can be faced with simple questions like "which shirt should I wear for the party?", or whether or not I should eat this ice cream, […]

Nine Obstacles to Wellness

With the New Year approaching, you are likely to exchange a large number of greeting messages with friends, relatives and well-wishers. Majority of the messages have phrases like "wishing you another year of health, peace, happiness and prosperity", or something similar. Health, peace and happiness etc. are all required for us to function in our […]

Five levels of awareness – the Five Koshas

Being aware means being in the present moment. Being in the present moment implies that we observe a situation without interpretation, a situation in its "as is" state. Having observed the situation, we can now intelligently analyze it and respond to it appropriately. In the absence of this level of awareness, we tend to offer […]

14-day Meditation Intensive, Dec 5-18

Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

I am pleased to announce the next Meditation Intensive. In this program, I plan to discuss the basic concepts of meditation and practice several of the meditation techniques. Most of the information that I will be sharing is based on the concepts discussed in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and related […]

Three attributes of a mantra to deepen your meditation experience

Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

Patanjali, in the Yoga Sutras, gives the definition and purpose of the practice of yoga as:

योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः॥२॥ Yogash-chitta-vritti-nirodhaH (sutra 1.2)

"Yoga is the ability to still the fluctuations of the mind"

In order for us to attain this objective of yoga, Patanjali gives us the amazingly practical […]

Basic Pranayama Routine recommendation

Basic pranayama practices recommended for a daily routine. Add more when you can find the time. […]