A series of linked questions on the first two chapters of the Yoga Sūtra


Its that time of the year where many Yoga Teachers have a brief summer window during August during which they can turn their attention away from the needs of their students towards themselves.

Thus I am receiving requests from students as to how they may develop a directed study amidst the other demands that the summer break brings.

One suggestion is to offer a series of linked questions focused around the first two chapters of the Yoga Sūtra. These questions were part of a broader Yoga study project offered last year. However as the Yoga Sūtra section offers an opportunity for guided self study, it could be helpful to offer it again to support a reflective review on Yoga Psychology.

Further study and practice guides will be offered within other areas of Yoga Study and Practice.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 1.

The first four verses of Chapter One of the Yoga Sūtra are said to encapsulate the essence of the whole chapter.
Summarise them in a way so as to interest someone who knows little about Yoga.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 2.

The concepts of Abhyāsa (Practice) and Vairāgya (Dispassion) in Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 12-16
are co-essential in the teaching of Patañjali.
Discuss their relationship and list and comment on the attitudes that support their practice.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 3.

Place the term Śraddhā, from Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 20-23, in the teaching of Patañjali.
Show the difference between this notion and that of Īśvara Praṇidhānā.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 4.

Explain and develop the context of Antarāya in Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29 and verse 30.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 5.

Explain and develop the context of Ṛtaṃ Bhara in Yoga Sūtra C1 verse 48.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 6.

Translate and develop Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 6
Dṛg Darśana Śaktyoḥ Eka Ātmatā Iva Asmitā

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 7.

Show how Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 10 and verse 11 play a pivotal role in the
evolution of the teachings in the Sādhana aspect of Chapter Two.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 8.

Show how The word Hāna in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 25 has the meaning ’giving up’.
What is the ’giving up’ in question?
How is it obtained?

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 9.

 What does Patañjali mean by Pratipakṣa Bhāvanam in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 33?

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 10.

Explore and discuss the concept of Dvandva  in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 48,
by relating it to the definition of Āsana in Chapter One of the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā.

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