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Yoga Philosophy 101: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra Wisdom for Everyday Life

Study up on your yoga philosophy during this six-week interactive online course on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, one of yoga’s primary texts.

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Yoga Journal co-founder Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, and her daughter, Lizzie Lasater, have partnered with YJ to bring you a six-week interactive online course on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, one of yoga’s primary texts. Through study of this fundamental text, the Lasaters, with more than 50 years of combined teaching experience, will help you deepen your practice and broaden your understanding of yoga. Below, enjoy a sneak peek of what you’ll discover in the course.

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5 Reasons You Should Know Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra

Here’s why we believe Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is so relevant, and even necessary, for today’s yoga practitioner and teacher.

Why Every Yoga Teacher Should Know the Yoga Sutra

Yoga philosophy is like grammar. Just as a writer has to learn what an adverb is and when to use a semicolon before constructing sentences, every yoga teacher should learn the core concepts of yoga philosophy before building their own teachings.

The Power of Devotion Can Transform Your Yoga Practice and Life

One of the most profound spiritual elements of yoga is Patanjali’s final niyama, or observance, in the Yoga Sutra: the practice of ishvara pranidhana, or “devotion to God.” Even if you don’t connect with the concept of “God,” learning to surrender to something larger than yourself can transform your practice and life. Here, Lasater explains the meaning of ishvara pranidhana to her and its enduring relevance.

The First Sutra—What It Means and How You Can Practice It

Patanjali’s first teaching, atha yoga anushasanam, which means “now, the practice of yoga begins,” is easy to dismiss. But Sutra I.1 isn’t something to skip over on your way to the good stuff. Here Lizzie Lasater explores the meaning of the first sutra and offers a home practice to honor its wisdom.

How Yoga Philosophy Can Revolutionize Your Approach to Self-Care

When it comes to self-care, yoga philosophy offers an unlikely source of inspiration. Although self-care is a term that’s only recently become popular, the early yogis explore these ideas in the language of “preventing suffering.” There’s a lot we can learn from the classic yogic texts about nourishing and honoring ourselves in our everyday lives.

What the Yoga Sutra Can Teach Us About Multitasking and Contentment

Judith Hanson Lasater believes the wisdom of yoga philosophy has something important to offer not only modern students and teachers of yoga but anyone seeking happiness. Here, she shares her thoughts on the enduring relevance of the classic text of yoga philosophy, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, for life in the modern world.

How Yoga Can Help You Be More Mindful in the Digital Age

Finding stillness in Savasana (Corpse Pose) becomes a little harder when your attention is constantly being pulled away from the here and now by the ping of notifications. So what’s the solution? According to master yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, it starts with becoming more aware of the habits that are keeping us from living in the present.

Take Yoga Off the Mat and Into Your Relationships

Yoga philosophy, as taught in classic texts such as the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, teaches us to look beyond asana and view yoga as a practice for our daily lives. Here, Judith Hanson Lasater draws on the teachings of Patanjali to explain how yoga can—and should—play a role in improving our relationships.