Vedic Knowledge

October 5, 2018

Patanjali Yoga Sutra

Sutra means thread, formula or a principle expressed in a few words. Yoga would mean add or to connect or put together. In order to guide the humanity to spiritual discipline via meditation, sage Patanjali wrote “Yoga Sutra” some 1500 years ago, in around 500 AD. The book of yoga consists of four chapters. Chapter 1, the Yoga and its aims, has 51 sutras. The remaining 3 chapters are: chapter2: Yoga and its practices (55sutras), chapter 3: Yoga and its powers (56 sutras) and chapter 4: Liberation or Samadhi (33 sutras). We shall now describe, in short, the essence, meaning and the purpose detailed in each chapter. In chapter 1, the first sutra, is a style of starting a book, as is common in any old Sanskrit work. “Ath Yoganusashanam”, meaning, here begins the instruction of Yoga. Remember the word ath meaning “here we begin”. The second sutra is the key to the whole book. It defines what yoga is and possibly what it is not. “Yogah chitta vritti nirodhah”. Yoga is the control of the wavering mind. Yoga is not a hard physical exercise. A yogi is not a muscular person. His/her body would be smooth, without muscles, as […]
June 4, 2017


This week, we’re continuing our discussion on yoga philosophy— specifically the Eight Limbs of Yoga in honor of the third annual International Day of Yoga this June. In simple terms, The Eight Limbs of Yoga are eight important steps of a yoga practice that help us live fuller, happier lives. The Eight Limbs were created as universal guidelines by Maharishi Patanjali, who is considered the “father of Yoga”. Patanjali compiled the 195 Yoga Sutras (or primary Yoga talking points) that serve as the foundation of Yoga. Today, we’ll learn about the Niyamas, which are the second of the Eight Limbs of Yoga. The Niyamas are personal practices, rituals and daily activities for wellbeing and spiritual growth. There are five Niyamas that help us shape our personal behavior. The first Niyama is Soucha, which is the practice of cleanliness. Soucha not only refers to the cleanliness in personal hygiene, but it also addresses the cleanliness of our internal environment (our bodies) and our living environment. For example, one way to practice Soucha is by committing to the wellbeing of our environment and taking active measures to care for the Earth. Actively engaging in the internal practice of Soucha includes eating nourishing meals […]
January 30, 2017


I was asked in year 2016, by a participant at the International Yoga day, organized by International Yoga Festival & Expo Foundation and sponsored by ICSEA as well as the Indian consulate, about stress. How does yoga reduce stress? I have taught many corporations and individuals in different countries on stress management, self mastery and aligning with the highest. I see that many times they perceive asanas and pranayama to be like a pill. Many want three postures to heal blood pressure, one pranayama or a breathing technique for weight loss , some other combination for increasing creativity or one secret manthra or chant for enlightenment. Though all are possible, more than just the tools, the approach to the tool, right attitude as well as lifestyle and paradigm changes are  very important. So in a series of articles I will explain how stress can be alleviated by approaching yoga in a holistic manner. We will also see the depth, expansiveness and beauty of the yogic system. It is a system which goes to the root imbalance rather than just getting rid of the symptom and addresses every aspect of the individual. The physical, emotional, mental and spiritual are aligned. The […]