What Is the Real Yoga? Hint: There’s More to it Than Just What’s in the Yoga Sutras

By
Kristine Kaoverii Weber, MA, C-IAYT, eRYT500, YACEP
yoga woman practicing meditation in lotus pose

A number of years ago, while I was taking a “yoga for seniors” workshop, the conversation turned philosophical. A student asked, “If yoga means ‘union’ then why does the Yoga Sutras define yoga as ‘stopping the fluctuations of the mind?’”
 
Before the presenter could answer, another student jumped up, thrust her hand out in a “stop” mudra and announced, “If it’s not in the Yoga Sutras, it’s NOT yoga!”   
 

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