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Integral Yoga, Raja Yoga & the Yoga Sutras

When the word Yoga is mentioned, most people immediately think of some physical postures for relaxing and limbering up the body. This is one aspect of the Yogic science, but actually only a very small part and relatively recent in development. The physical Yoga, or...

Patanjali’s Words: The Yamas

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with sutra 2.30. In several prior sutras, Patanjali explained how...

Patanjali’s Words: The Niyamas

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with sutra 2.32. In sutra 2.30, we learned more about the first of the...

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Patanjali’s Words: Samadhi and Sraddha (Faith)

Patanjali’s Words: Samadhi and Sraddha (Faith)

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with the 20th sutra of Chapter 1 in which Patanjali further elaborates...

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Inside the Yoga Sutras: Introduction

Inside the Yoga Sutras: Introduction

Integral Yoga master teacher Rev. Jaganath Carrera, the author of the book Inside the Yoga Sutras, shares his reflections on the first two sutras that are foundational to understanding  the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the textbook on Raja Yoga. Rev. Jaganath's deep...

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Patanjali’s Words: The Five Types of Vrittis (Sutra 1.6)

Patanjali’s Words: The Five Types of Vrittis (Sutra 1.6)

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali's words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with the sixth sutra of Chapter 1 in which Patanjali describes five...

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Inside the History of Patanjali & the Yoga Sutras

Inside the History of Patanjali & the Yoga Sutras

 Dr. Edwin Bryant lived for years in India and was trained with traditional pundits. He has a background in Indian philosophy, and his translation and commentary on the Yoga Sutras is dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on Yoga by providing...

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Practice, Study, or Devotion: Which Path to Take?

Practice, Study, or Devotion: Which Path to Take?

In an another article, (Inside the Yoga Sutras: What Do You Believe) we explored the five different types of thought whirlwinds, vritti, that were categorized as either painful or painless. This examination of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (sutras 5-11) in the first Pada...

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The Practice of Enlightenment

The Practice of Enlightenment

As a yogi, mainly in the Krishnamacharya lineage, and as a practitioner of Buddhist meditation for many years, Chip Hartranft’s work bridges the traditions of Yoga and Buddhism. His deep contemplation and study of the Yoga Sutras is evident in this interview,...

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Vibhuti Pada: Entering the Oneness of Time

Vibhuti Pada: Entering the Oneness of Time

Ruth Lauer Manenti (affectionately known as "Lady Ruth" in the Jivamukti Yoga tradition) has been offering her students “dharma talks”—stories from her life that accompany her classes and represent the yogic commitments to ahimsa (non-violence), compassion and...

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Patanjali’s Words: Practice—The Path to Self-Mastery

Patanjali’s Words: Practice—The Path to Self-Mastery

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with the 14th and 15th sutras of Chapter 1 in which Patanjali further...

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Patanjali’s Words: The “Other” Samadhi

Patanjali’s Words: The “Other” Samadhi

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with the 18th and 19th sutras of Chapter 1 in which Patanjali now...

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