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">, "filter": "nextExceptions": "img, blockquote, div", "nextContainsExceptions": "img, blockquote" }"> Take enough yoga classes & you’ll eventually hear one of your teachers quote from the Yoga Sutra, which is the guidebook of classical, or raja (royal), yoga. Written at least 1,700 years ago, it’s made up of 195 aphorisms (sutras), or words of wisdom. But vày we know anything about Patanjali, the person who supposedly compiled these verses?

Who Was Patanjali, the SageBehind the Yoga Sutra?

The truth is that nobody toàn thân really knows much about Patanjali. We don’t even know exactly when the sage lived. Some practitioners believe sầu he lived around the second century BCE và also wrote significant works on Ayurveda (the ancient Indian system of medicine) và Sanskrit grammar, making hlặng something of a Renaissance man.

But based on their analyses of the language and the teaching of the sutras, modern scholars place Patanjali in the second or third century CE & ascribe the medical essays and grammar khổng lồ various other “Patanjalis.”

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You Might Have sầu Heard a Myth or Two About Patanjali’s Birth

Like many tales about the world’s spiritual heroes, the story of Patanjali’s birth has assumed mythic dimensions. One version relates that in order to lớn teach yoga on earth, he fell from heaven in the khung of a little snake, inlớn the upturned plans (a gesture known as anjali) of his virgin mother, Gonika, herself a powerful yogini. He’s regarded as an incarnation of the thousand-headed serpent-king named Remainder (Shesha) or Endless (Ananta), whose coils are said to support the god Vishnu.

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Pantanjali Might Have sầu Been Several People

It seems odd to us, in this time of superstar teachers with their eponymous schools of So-and-So Yoga, that so little is known about Patanjali.

But anonymity is typical of the great sages of ancient India. They recognized that their teaching was the outcome of a cooperative group effort that spanned several generations, and they refused to take credit for themselves, often attributing their work khổng lồ some other, older teacher.

If you want to lớn learn more about Patanjali: Yoga Journal co-founder Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, và her daughter, Lizzie Lasater, have partnered with YJ to bring you a six-week interactive sầu online course on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. Through study of this fundamental text, the Lasaters, with more than 50 years of combined teaching experience, will tư vấn you in deepening your practice and broadening your understanding of yoga. Sign up now for a transformative journey khổng lồ learn, practice, và live the Sutra.