Category Archives: Yoga Sūtras

Prāṇāyāma

By Andre Haralyi M.A., C-IAYT Prāṇāyāma, commonly translated as “breath control,” is composed of two Sanskrit words, prāṇa which means “life-force, vital-force, energy or breath” and yāma meaning “restraint.” So, Prāṇāyāma is better understood as the stoppage of the breath. “The cutting off of the flow of inhalation and exhalation, [is prāṇāyāma]. Its operations are external (vāhya-vṛtti Prāṇāyāma), internal (ābhyantara-vṛtti

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Citta (mind)

By Andre Haralyi M.A., C-IAYT The word citta is derived from the verbal root √cit, meaning “to perceive, to observe, or to know.” This word, commonly translated as “mind,”  is used as an umbrella term to refer to a variety of mental processes, mainly the faculties of consciousness, attention, intelligence or reasoning.   According to the Yoga-Bhāṣya (I.1), there are

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Kleśas (afflictions)

By Andre Haralyi M.A., C-IAYT Kleśas are commonly translated as “afflictions,” but it is better understood as “the cause-of-afflictions.” These are the basic forces which prompt a person to act, think, and feel; they provide the cognitive and motivational framework that dictates how the ordinary person operates in this world. Kleśas are fivefold (Yoga-Sūtra II. 3 – 9): I. Avidyā:

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Samskāras & Vāsanas

By Andre Haralyi M.A., C-IAYT Samskāras Samskāras are commonly translated as residual impressions, subliminal activators, mental dispositions or mental formations. They represent the indelible imprints left in the subconscious mind by our daily experiences (perceptions, cognitions, actions and intentions), whether conscious or unconscious, internal or external, desirable or undesirable.  These subliminal activators are highly dynamic forces in our psyche, constantly

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Rāja-Yoga

By Andre Haralyi, M.A., C-IAYT The Yoga-Sūtras, believed to be written by the sage Patañjali between 200 B.C.E. and  200 C.E., consists of 196 sūtras​*​ divided into 4 chapters. The Yoga-Sūtras of Patañjali is considered the owner’s manual for the human mind. This work describes the nature of human consciousness, the means to overcome its conditioned limitations and the eight-fold

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Self-realization

By Andre Haralyi, M.A., C-IAYT In the Western world “Self-realization” is understood as the fulfillment of one’s own potential. As Erich Fromm said “Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.” This concept has gained great popularity over the years specially among those interested in psycho-analysis, humanistic psychology and Western esotericism which

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