“…….While it is a great thing, indeed, for one to discover the yoga sutras, the one problem with trying to study the yoga sutras directly without previous exposure to yogic concepts, is for example, akin to doing the third series of ashtanga yoga without knowing the fundamentals of Hatha Yoga from the first series – namely the bandhas, the ujjayi breathing, the Dhrishti and body awareness.
That is why learned Indian scholars start off people who are new to the yogic scriptures with the study of the great Ithihasas – Ramayana and Mahabharatha. Once these gripping stories are imbibed, especially the core concepts like rebirth, atma and karma, they are taught the Bhagavad Gita, which is in the form of poetry and easy to understand. …..”
If you are interested, you can join me this Saturday (in person or online) for the study of the Siddhis – the mystic powers of meditation as enunciated by Patanjali in the yoga sutras.