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Practicing the Yoga Sutras

A Personal Study Guide & Journal

310 pages
Integral Yoga Publications

For eons, people have suffered from an inability to maintain a steady and peaceful mind. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali offers a practical way to address this challenge. While some of the sutras pertain to “Yoga philosophy,” the majority direct us toward actual practice or a description of the yogic experience.

Practicing the Yoga Sutras by Carroll Ann Friedmann combines clear explanations of this ancient text with prompts for personal discovery and reflection. This book grew out of a decade of studying and discussing the Yoga Sutras with real students, and it reflects this grounded experience. The concise instructions and explanations offered by the Yoga Sutras are still powerful and exceedingly valuable for moving toward peace and knowledge of the Self.

Practicing the Yoga Sutras offers space for personal reflections and self-study notes. This book, which utilizes the sutra translations and definitions from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Translation and Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda, is its perfect companion study guide and journal. It may also be used fruitfully in Yoga teacher training, helping students and teachers connect to each other and to Yoga philosophy. Study guides for groups are included. Readers may also learn to chant each sutra using additional material found on the book's website.

This book is designed to take you into a deep and very personal encounter with this text. It will support your practice of Yoga and your personal development whether you are a novice or seasoned practitioner.

Practicing the Yoga Sutras includes:

● Clear translations and simple commentary for each sutra

● Questions for reflection and space to respond with journaling or drawing

● A study guide highlighting key teachings that can be used in groups

● Images that can enhance your interaction with the material

Author Bio

Carroll Ann (Prashanti) Friedmann, BA, MDiv, E-RYT500, was educated at Vanderbilt University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Virginia. From 2007– 2012, she received Yoga training at the Integral Yoga® Academy at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville® (Buckingham, Virginia). From 2013– present she has studied at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute with Saraswathi Jois and the Anantha Research Foundation with Dr. M. A. Jayashree and Sri M. A. Narasimhan in Mysore, Karnataka, India.

She currently studies and practices Yoga under the guidance of Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Ty Landrum, and other classical teachers. She and her husband, Liam Buckley, are devotees of Sri Swami Satchidananda. They have four adult children and live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they own and direct Ashtanga Yoga Charlottesville and the Ivy Yoga School. They teach asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, philosophy, and hold an annual Yoga teacher training.