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  March 2016 – Sutra III-1 Fixing the consciousness on one point or region is concentration (dharana). Patanjali begins the third book of the Yoga Sutras with the sixth of the eight limbs — dharana or “concentration.” With this

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SUTRA II-54 Withdrawing the senses, mind and consciousness from contact with external objects, and then drawing them inwards towards the seer, is pratyahara.     The fifth of the eight limbs of yoga in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is pratyahara,

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January 2016 – Yoga Sutra of the Month SUTRA II-49 Pranayama is the regulation of the incoming and outgoing flow of breath with retention. It is to be practiced only after perfection in asana is attained. The fourth limb of the eight limbs

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Sutras II – 46, 47, and 48   Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence and benevolence of spirit. Perfection in an asana is achieved when the effort to perform it becomes effortless and the infinite being within is

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SUTRA II-32 32. Cleanliness, contentment, religious zeal, self-study and surrender of the self to the supreme Self or God are the niyamas. In this section of the Yoga Sutras, Patajali focuses on the eight limbs (or angas) of classical yoga in

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