Further Resources: Books, Websites

In this article, you will find helpful links to classic translations of the Yoga Sutras, to newer commentaries and other useful resources including the Internet Archive of the Yoga Sutras.

From the Masters:

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Translation & Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda: considered one of the most accessible translations and commentaries, especially for one’s first study of the Sutras.

Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda: a classic and a book that Sri Swami Satchidananda always traveled with.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Vivekananda: another classic

Raja Yoga by Swami Sivananda: Sri Swami Satchidananda’s Guru’s rendition.

How To Know God by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood: considered one of the most modern and westernized treatments of the Sutras

Reflections on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by TKV Desikachar: Sri Desikachar, a disciple and the son of the revered Sri T. Krishnamacharya has spent a lifetime of study of the Sutras.

Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by BKS Iyengar: another classic from one of the most well-known Yoga masters.

Noteworthy commentaries by students of Swami Satchidananda

Inside the Yoga Sutras by Rev. Jaganath Carrera: written by one of Integral Yoga’s master Raja Yoga teachers, Rev. Jaganath’s deep study of the Sutras for 30 years is a great companion to Sri Swami Satchidananda’s Yoga Sutras.

The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras by Nischala Devi: Years of study and contemplation of the Sutras has birthed a translation and commentary from the heart of one of Yoga’s most beloved yoginis.

Other Excellent Translations/Commentaries

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin Bryant, PhD: this long awaited text from a greatly respected scholar has yielded one of the most comprehensive (over 650 pages) compilations of insights from the classical and modern commentators on the Sutras. For the serious student of the Sutras!

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Mukunda Stiles: a modern, almost poetic and very heartful translation of the Sutras, without commentary.

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali by Chip Hartcranft: A translation and commentary from a brilliant mind and teacher who interprets the Sutras from an perspective that seeks a dialogue between Yoga and Buddhism.

The Unadorned Thread of Yoga by Salvatore Zambito: Ideal for those looking to do a comparative study of the Sutras as this book contains 12 of the major translations of the Yoga Sutras if you can afford the pricetag (in the hundreds!) or find one on eBay!

Other Helpful Resources

The Internet Archives of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
Possibly the best online resource on the Sutras, including links in every language.

Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati: Commentary and in-depth discussion of Yoga Sutras on his website

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