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Can the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali be applied today? Sutra means thread. Yoga Sutra is the thread of yoga. Most interpretations of the Yoga Sutra are complex and hard to understand. After investing more than 12 years studying, chanting and teaching the Yoga Sutras, Ruben Vasquez guides you on a journey exploring the wisdom of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. This ancient wisdom is relevant and applicable for yoga students and teachers today. Besides clear explanations and examples, each episode off ...
 
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Would it be possible to release attachment to our body and to understand how our vital energy circulates throughout our body? Can you modulate your attachment to your physical body? Can you release this attachment while remaining appreciative of the miracle that your human body is? Can investigate experientially how your life energy flows through y…
 
What are your goals for your practice? What are you focusing your awareness and energy on? What parameters are you using to measure the effectiveness of your practice? Is your practice a way to build your self-importance, or a way to deepen your humanness? https://simple-yoga.org This is an excerpt from the book Unravel the Thread available at: Ama…
 
Is the wisdom that makes all the processes of nature work within your reach? Will it be possible to strengthen your sensory perception? What are the deepest levels of subtlety? How to clarify the distinction between your individual consciousness and your pure consciousness in order to perceive the highest essence of all sensory experiences? https:/…
 
What happens when you contemplate the difference between essence and existence? What is the relationship between your essence and your experiences? What are your motivations? What are your expectations? How do you respond to the changing circumstances of the world around you? Can you focus your attention deeply and effortlessly (samyama) on the dis…
 
Yoga Sutra 3.35 Samyama on the heart How are your mind and heart related? Do you tend to have your heart open? Do you tend to have an open mind? How do you know if there is a conflict between your mind and your heart? How do you solve it? Can you confirm your intuition with your mind and with your heart? https://simple-yoga.org This is an excerpt f…
 
How does your intuition manifest? Where does wisdom reside? Is it possible to receive wisdom effortlessly? How do you distinguish intuition from your preferences? What kinds of actions does your intuition guide you to? https://simple-yoga.org This is an excerpt from the book Unravel the Thread available at: Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/17376482…
 
Yoga Sutra 3.33 Samyama on the light in the crown of the head Is it possible that there are perfected beings (siddhas) who live in harmony with the rhythms of life? How does the space feel inside your head? What brings clarity to the space behind your forehead? Does the practice of each of the branches of yoga bring clarity and lightness (sattva) t…
 
Yoga Sutra 3.32 Samyama on the Tortoise Channel Does the kurma nadi exist? Where can you feel it? What happens when you meditate on the turtle channel? What do you feel? Do you notice any effect? https://simple-yoga.org This is an excerpt from the book Unravel the Thread available at: Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/ and Barnes & Noble …
 
Is it possible to control your hunger and thirst? What is your optimal level of hydration? What is your attitude toward the food available to you? What ideas guide your food choices? https://simple-yoga.org This is an excerpt from the book Unravel the Thread available at: Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/ and Barnes & Noble https://www.b…
 
What do you learn about your body when you meditate focused on your navel? What is your current level of sensitivity about your body? What is your center? How do you center yourself? https://simple-yoga.org This is an excerpt from the book Unravel the Thread available at: Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/ and Barnes & Noble https://www.b…
 
What can you observe from meditation on the polestar? What are the reference points you use for navigating your life? https://simple-yoga.org This is an excerpt from the book Unravel the Thread available at: Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/ and Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unravel-the-thread-rub-n-v-squez/1139928755…
 
What can you learn from meditating on the moon? Does the moon offer you information about other celestial bodies? What does the moon teach you about your own being and about your life? https://simple-yoga.org This is an excerpt from the book Unravel the Thread available at: Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/ and Barnes & Noble https://www…
 
What do you discover by meditating on the sushumna? What happens when you meditate on the Sun at the center of our solar system? Is it possible to learn about the Universe by focusing on the central channel of your body? What do you learn about your own being by developing your sensitivity about the central axis of your body? Is there a subtle conn…
 
What happens when you focus your attention on the light of your awareness? Are you cultivating clarity and evenness in your practice and in your daily life? How do your emotions contribute to your participation in your life? Are you becoming more sensitive to subtle hints from the world around you? https://simple-yoga.org This is an excerpt from th…
 
Which archetype represents the qualities you want? Can I embody strength, goodness, intelligence, prosperity, compassion? What is significant and relevant enough to give it your attention, time and energy? Where is your strength? https://simple-yoga.org This is an excerpt from the book Unravel the Thread available at: Amazon https://www.amazon.com/…
 
Samyama, catalyst of qualities What happens when you focus fully on becoming an abode of friendliness (maitri)? What do you notice when you meditate on compassion (karuna) by sending wholehearted wishes for freedom from suffering and for the well-being of all living beings without exception or condition? https://simple-yoga.org This is an excerpt f…
 
Would it be possible to know when we will die? To what extent are you aware of the connections between the events emerging in your daily life and your previous actions? Is it possible that you can gain insight on the repercussions of your current actions and interactions? What can you learn by meditating on your own eventual demise? https://simple-…
 
To what extent do your actions generate more turbulence in the world? What are the footprints you are leaving with your thoughts, intentions, actions, and interactions? What are the sources of interference in your life? Is it possible for you to act without attracting attention? https://simple-yoga.org This is an excerpt from the book Unravel the T…
 
Inner state of a person but not its cause. What do you learn when you focus on a person's gestures, actions, and behavior? Will it be possible to find ways to interact with others with compassion and awareness? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/ and Barnes & …
 
What do past impressions reveal to you? What are the effects of impressions left by previous events in your mind, body, attitude, emotions, intentions, choices, actions and interactions? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/ and Barnes & Noble https://www.barnes…
 
Are you clear on the differences between word, object and concept? Do some concepts , ideas and beliefs interferece with your ability to communicate clearly? When you listen, are you listening with an attentive and open mind and an open heart? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: Amazon https://www.amazon…
 
Integrative meditation on the three dimensions of change Is it possible that samyama reveals the past and future of the objects you meditate upon? What happens when you meditate on the changes of your own being? Where does time manifest in your own being? And where does timelessness manifest in you? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of …
 
Are you aware of the sequence of the stages of manifestation? Are you witnessing reality without assumptions or expectations? What happens when you choose to focus on the perceptual characteristics of everything around you and within you? At what levels of your being (physical, physiological, conceptual and emotional) are there perceptible changes?…
 
The world is real and every object has an underlying essence. Does the essence of an object exist as a pure idea somewhere beyond physical reality? Or, is that essence purely physical? In that case, does the essence of something relate to its DNA? Or, does the essence of an object manifest as a result of the interaction between awareness and the na…
 
Yoga Sutra 3.13 Changes in properties, characteristics and states Tuning into the changes in your senses, external world and inner life. Everything that exists, including you and your internal world, manifests along those three dimensions: properties, characteristics, and condition.Can you notice the changes in the characteristics of your physical …
 
The illusion of fragmentation disappears Can you start seeing everybody as your brother or sister? Can you relate to life as something you are deeply embedded in? Can you recognize that you are an individual manifestation of awareness in life? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of Unravel the Thread at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/17376482…
 
What are the differences between what you want, expect and need? How do you know the difference? How do these ideas relate to the notion of fairness and generosity? How you contribute to affirm life and how you strengthen the connections among all beings, from the most minuscule to the largest? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the b…
 
Releasing internal commentary and identification with externalities Are you being with what is happening without placing conditions? What is the actual experience of awareness of your own perceptions? When you have less judgments and opinions, what is the quality of your participation in your own life? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy …
 
Peaceful impressions contribute to expanding inner silence. Is being more aware of your tendencies motivating you to cultivate helpful tendencies? How are you cultivating greater peace in your outer and inner life? What are the effects of your practice, a tendency towards greater harmony or disharmony? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy …
 
A transformation of body, mind and senses. Gravitating towards personified consciousness. Do you notice a change in your attitude, mood, distraction, and inner environment? Do you complain more or less than before? Are you more willing to participate in all aspects of your life with kindness and compassion? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your …
 
Gradual process toward clarity still lingering traces of separateness preventing the practitioner from fully embodying pure awareness. As you cultivate spaciousness, stillness, and silence within, can you soften your grip on anything and everything? Would it be possible to relinquish ownership of your beliefs? https://simple-yoga.org You can get yo…
 
Yoga Sutra 3.6 Step by step Samyama is a gradual distillation of attention from a dense object to increasing levels of subtlety. There are no shortcuts in yoga. Is your sensitivity growing? Are your knowledge and intuition growing? Do you feel like you get subtle suggestions during the day? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book …
 
Practicing yoga helps you recognize insight by distinguishing it from your opinions. As you become more practiced in connecting to your inner spaciousness, stillness, and silence, what do you discover? How is your yoga practice fostering your receptivity? How does insight manifest in you? https://simple-yoga.org/ You can get your copy of the book U…
 
Natural progression from concentration to meditation and then to deep integration samadhi. When you let go of your opinions, beliefs and preferences, do you find it easier to remain in a meditative state? How do your actions reflect your connection to your deep inner serenity? If you practice regularly, does clarity become more familiar and accessi…
 
Yoga Sutra 3.3 Samadhi - integration Becoming a receptacle for wholeness The deep integration of samadhi is not a static state but a dynamic and wholehearted participation in the endless interaction between life and awareness. What contributes to deepening your inner silence and stillness? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book U…
 
Keep honing the ability to direct your attention internally to feel and witness the richness of your inner universe. It is important not to confuse practice with the resulting experience. https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/…
 
What is important enough to deserve your attention? Have you noticed how focusing mostly on temporary experiences and goals often results in riding an emotional rollercoaster from success to defeat, from dissatisfaction to feeling accomplished? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: https://www.amazon.com/d…
 
Definitions of yoga include: supernatural means, charm, enchantment, and magical art; and the definition of a yoga practitioner, a yogi or a yogini, includes a magician, a conjurer, and someone who possesses superhuman powers. Is it possible that the practice of yoga confers extraordinary powers? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the…
 
Yogic action [2.1-2.2] Afflictions [2.3-2.11] Effects [2.12-2.14] Suffering [2.15-2.17] Awareness and experiences [2.18-2.22] Discernment [2.23-2.27] The limbs of yoga [2.28-2.55] https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/By Ruben Vasquez
 
Yoga Sutra 2.55 Senses under control Putting your senses at the service of the highest goal. Is your awareness at the service of your senses or are your senses at the services of your awareness? Can you articulate your senses to support your single pointed focus? Are your senses helping you participate consciously in your life? https://simple-yoga.…
 
Charge your senses with the power of awareness. Curiosity about the myriad sensations making up your inner life provides the motivation and drive to embark on this inward journey. Where do these subtler experiences lead you? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/…
 
Can you neutralize arising distractions? If you are noticing a calmer and more focused mind, how does it influence your outlook, perspective, choices, and interactions? Is your ability to focus influenced by choosing a meaningful focal point? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/…
 
Yoga Sutra 2.52 Brighter inner light Is your pranayama practice helping you align with your awareness? If you practice conscious and easeful breathing every morning or every night, what do you notice? What are the effects of your lifestyle and activities on the quality of your breath? Are you developing greater sensitivity to your own vital energy?…
 
What happens to your breath when your mind is absorbed in something fascinating? What happens when you try to lengthen your breath with consistency? What happens when you shorten your breathing to its minimum level? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/…
 
What is the duration of your natural, involuntary inhalation? How does it compare to the duration of your natural exhalation? Is there a brief pause during the transitions between exhalation and inhalation? Can you direct your breath to move the lower torso, mid torso and upper torso? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unrave…
 
What is your level of awareness of your respiratory system? What moves in your body when you breathe? Do you hold your breath involuntarily? What are the connections between breath, activity, mind and emotions? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/…
 
What are the dualities that influence your understanding? To what extent are I and not I useful categories for enhancing the quality of your life? What is the relationship between dualities and preferences in your life? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/…
 
What are the sources of your struggles when you practice asana? Are your struggles a symptom of your assumptions and expectations? What is your relationship to time in your practice? Can your asana and vinyasa practice be a timeless abiding in contemplative presence? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: h…
 
Asana is striking a balance between steadiness and joy. Is there any strain, struggle or self-judgement in your physical yoga practice? How do you ensure that you are balancing your strength, flexibility, and relaxation? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/…
 
How do you relate to what is beyond your control? Are you aware of the limits of your understanding? What attitudes are more conducive to attracting insight? Do you take credit for the insights you have received? https://simple-yoga.org You can get your copy of the book Unravel the Thread at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737648202/…
 
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