Patanjali Yoga Sutra

– By Srivatsa Ramaswami

Content Headings Guide

In this booklet Ramaswami presents a background to the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali by outlining concepts integral to understanding and appreciating its teaching.
Following this intention, introductions to the first and second chapters of the Yoga Sūtra are also offered emphasising the important elements for practice, study and reflection.
A content guide based on the headings in the booklet is outlined below, though the reader will need to apply page numbers as they are not in the original publication, from which the online PDF has 28 pages.

1) Introduction

Page 3 – Preamble

Page 4 – The Darśana

Page 4 – About Patañjali

Page 4 – On the word Yoga

Page 5 – The Three Principles

Page 6 – Puruṣa

Page 6 – Prakṛti

Page 7 – Īśvara

2) Yoga Sūtra Chapter One

Page 7 – Mental levels as per Yoga

Page 9 – Samādhi, its prerequisites and ramifications

Page 10 – Vairāgya and its stages

Page 12 – Para Vairāgyam

Page 12 – Path of Surrender

Page 13 – Eka Tattva Abhyāsa

Page 15 – Yogic awareness and understanding

3) Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two

Page 16 – Classification of Yoga students

Page 17 – Kriyā Yoga of Patañjali

Page 18 – Aṣṭāṅga Yoga

Page 18 – Codes for a Yogi

Page 19 – Benefits of practice of preliminary Aṅga

Page 20 – Āsanam

Page 21 – Breathing patterns

Page 22 – Breathing patterns in Āsana

Page 22 – Counterposes

Page 24 – Prāṇāyāma

This Content Headings Guide is also available as a downloadable PDF

The ‘Basic Tenets of Patañjala Yoga Darśanam’ Booklet is available as a downloadable PDF
or referenced as a resource within the Viniyoga of Yoga Practice and Yoga Study PDF Repository

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