Living The Sutras: a guide to yoga wisdom beyond the mat
Bring the wisdom of ancient Yoga philosophy into your life in a fresh, accessible, and relevant way
The Yoga Sutras, a classical text written by the guru Patanjali over two thousand years ago, is foundational to Yoga philosophy and practice. The 196 aphorisms offer a potent map for how to navigate through the challenges of life. They contain teachings on how to deal with loss, pain, dissatisfaction, and alienation; they provide guidance on how to cultivate joy and lead a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. But as important as these teachings are, they often feel too esoteric and inaccessible to modern practitioners.
Living the Sutras offers a relevant, understandable, and enjoyable entree to this yoga training for the mind and spirit. The authors introduce a sutra or group of sutras on a related theme, provide a brief commentary, and then offer writing prompts to allow you to reflect on and apply the meaning of the sutras to your life. The book is at once an introduction to the classical philosophy, a quick guide for students and teachers, and an active self-study that allows you to engage with the wisdom in a deeply personal way.
KELLY DINARDO is a journalist and author whose work regularly appears in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, among others. She is also a yoga instructor and owner of Past Tense yoga studio in Washington, DC.
AMY PEARCE-HAYDEN has devoted 20 years of study, practice, and teaching to classical yoga, ayurveda, tantra, and meditation. She founded the RajaHatha School of Yoga in 2003 and continues to certify teachers in her 200 and 500 hour lineage. Amy is also a regular guest contributor to Yoga International and yoga instructor for the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA, with her home base in Madison, WI.