Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 7

त्रयमन्तरन्गं पूर्वेभ्यः ॥७॥

trayam-antar-aṅgaṃ pūrvebhyaḥ ||7||

The three are the internal limb from the preceding.

traya - the three, triple, threefold, consisting of 3, of 3 kindsantar - internalaṅga - a limb; the bodypūrva - eastward, to the east of; in front, before; former, prior, preceding, previous to, earlier than

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

“The practice which is Śodhana for the Antar Aṅga
is Antaraṅga Sādhana.”
– T Krishnamacharya introduction to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three

“Before launching on Antar Aṅga Sādhana,
one should be a Niṣṭhāvān in Bāhya Aṅga Sādhana.
If this earlier stage is very well established,
then only a teacher may teach Dhyāna.”
– T Krishnamacharya 1984

“The preceding limbs cleanse the Mala of the Mind.”

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:



Commentary by Paul Harvey:

“Ere to our Yoga Sādhana turning inwards towards engaging
the Antar Aṅga and the ĀtmaBuddhi relationship,
we are advised to first turn outwards towards engaging
the Bahya Aṅga and the ManasIndriya relationship.”