Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is the key text of yoga. Yet for many contemporary practitioners, its deeper treasures remain either unknown or mired in obscurity. Ranju Roy and David Charlton focus on 18 of the most important sutras and show how each one illuminates the relationship between the body, the breath and the mind in a practical, clear and contemporary manner. The sutras are carefully deconstructed, put into context and then developed into ideas for practice.
They examine the interplay of three key terms: support, direction and space. They suggest that only by taking support on something can you establish a clear direction; and only then can a space open up to grow into. This formula can be applied as successfully to the body (in asana) as to the breath (in pranayama) and the mind (through meditation).
With illustrated asana sequences and suggested practices, Embodying the Yoga Sutra is both a practical as well as a deeply philosophical book. Roy and Charlton give readers a whole new vocabulary with which to understand yoga as a living, vibrant and dynamic tradition.
Press reviews and endorsements
"This remarkable gem shines with clarity and poignancy, beckoning the modern yoga practitioner to take a deep dive into the meaning and purpose of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra. Yoga offers a path for greater health and awareness and this book provides the map: the nature of obstacles, tools for self-improvement through movement and breath, and the centrality of meditation and good intent. With the dawning awareness of the interconnection between psychology and spirituality, this book is both timely and sophisticated. Superb!" Christopher Key Chapple
"Embodying the Yoga Sutra brings a new dimension to the world of modern Yoga literature. In a way which all practitioners of yoga can appreciate, it captures the spirit of Yoga and helps gain an understanding of its core. The 17 yoga sutras explained in a practical style in the book are each a good reason for buying the book: This is the type of book we need Yoga to give back Yoga the space it deserves, not merely as a practice to stay fit and healthy, but also a means to enquiry and understanding of the larger spaces in life which give us direction and support. My congratulations to the authors and also to the publishing house for the aesthetic appeal of the book!" R. Sriram
"I would say that this book is a must have for all yoga students and those considering studying the yoga sutra in depth. It contains both theory and practice, in order to “embody” the yoga sutra. It can be used both on and off the mat." Wendy Haring