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Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is the key text of yoga, particularly within this tradition. Yet for many contemporary practitioners, its deeper treasures remain either unknown or mired in obscurity.

In Embodying The Yoga Sutra, Ranju Roy and David Charlton focus on 18 of the most important sutra and show how each one illuminates the relationship between the body, the breath and the mind in a practical, clear and contemporary manner. The sutra are carefully deconstructed, put into context and then developed into ideas for practice. They examine the interplay of three key terms: support, direction and space. They suggest that only by taking support on something can you establish a clear direction; and only then can a space open up to grow into. This formula can be applied as successfully to the body (in asana) as to the breath (in pranayama) and the mind (through meditation). With illustrated asana sequences and suggestions for enhancing your practice, Embodying the Yoga Sutra is both a practical as well as a deeply philosophical book. Dave and Ranju give readers a whole new vocabulary with which to understand yoga as a living, vibrant and dynamic tradition.

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