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Yoga and Samkhya—Purifying the Elements of the Human Being

By studying Samkhya, we can deepen our understanding of the Yoga Sutra, enrich our yoga practice with meaning, and realize how to bring yoga into our lives for greater health, happiness, and enlightenment.

By Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati and Jayne Stevenson

Yoga is a life journey that can be enriched every day through yoga practice, as well by reading the foundation texts that guide our practice. One of the best sources to read about Samkhya, as applied to life, is in Chapter Two of the Bhagavad Gita.

Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati is an eminent yoga teacher and therapist, author, and medical doctor. After meeting his guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, in 1974 in India, he lived with him for ten years. He has now taught yoga, meditation, and Tantra for more than 30 years. Swami Shankardev is an authority in the Satyananda lineage and teaches in Australia, India, the United States, and Europe. Jayne Stevenson is a writer and filmmaker with many years of experience in yoga and philosophies of enlightenment. She is cofounder of Big Shakti, a Web site and on-line magazine with a tantric approach to yoga and meditation. You can contact Saraswati and Stevenson and read more of their work at

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