The First Sutra – Atha Yoga Anushasanam

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The First Sutra – Atha Yoga Anushasanam

Atha Yoga Anushasanam

The first sutra of Patanjali yoga sutras is one the most essential pieces of knowledge.

Niscala Joy Devi’s translation is:

“With humility, an open heart and mind, we embrace the sacred study of yoga”

This translation suggests that you are required to be open. If you think you have nothing to learn, then you will not gain the “aha” that comes with realizing knowledge.

If you are closed in either your heart or your mind, the knowledge has nowhere to land, no space to be experienced.

Being humble and open to what IS is key.

I believe this is one of the reasons I experienced a higher state of consciousness, I was open, I was aware that I had a lot to learn.

As my dad says, unless you’re 12, you have hopefully realized that you don’t know alot about life. He’s 76 today and he hopes he never thinks that he has nothing to learn.

When you are open, the sacred experience of knowledge can be felt.

Yogic knowledge is not an intellectual experience and it is not without the intellect. It is rather, a deep knowing. It feels like something you’ve always known. Because you have always known it!

Having the humility to admit that you don’t know is a place of power, freedom and transformation. So much is offered in this simple sutra, or thread of knowledge.


Happy Learning!


Lucy St. John