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Episode 132: The Art of the Yoga Sutras

This week’s guest, Melissa Townsend is the author of two beautiful books about the Yoga Sutras. Townsend, a long-time yoga student, artist, Sanskrit enthusiast, and psychic, wasn’t always enthusiastic about the sutras. But in the same way that psychic visions come to her, so did the idea to use her art to share the Yoga Sutras. On this episode, I had the opportunity to ask her all about the creative process of her Yoga Sutras art and translations. We’re also joined by Stephanie Snyder, a popular yoga teacher who loves to study and share the sutras.

We have an in-depth conversation about why we all find this work fascinating, talk about their approach to studying the sutras, and explain why the text is so much more than just the meaning of words or interpretations that you read. You might have to listen to the episode to understand, but I promise you’ll be glad you did. It might just change the way you’ve been approaching the study of yoga philosophy.

ALSO: Melissa and Stephanie are doing a free event at Lovestory Yoga on December 14th, 2018. Come by for refreshments, a Yoga Sutras discussion, Melissa’s art, and copies of her books available for purchase. Learn more and register here!

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REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT:
An Evening With Melissa Townsend & Stephanie Snyder: Yoga Sutras Discussion, Art Showing & Book Release

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A Visual Meditation, Book 1

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A Visual Meditation, Book 2

Episode 32: Stephanie Snyder – How Chanting & Playlists Create Connection

Episode 39: Richard Rosen on Patanjali in Modern Yoga Practice

Episode 122: Applying Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra to Your Daily Life

Episode 117: Jason’s Favorite (Non-Asana) Yoga Books

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Episode 122: Applying Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra to Your Daily Life

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There are so many interpretations of the seminal yoga text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. This week, I talk to two women who’ve written one that is refreshingly different. Kelly DiNardo and Amy Pearce-Hayden join me to talk about their book new book, Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat. Their book is not a formal, scholarly translation of the Yoga Sutra. Instead, DiNardo and Pearce-Hayden have created a guide that can help you take the sutras, reflect on them, and then apply them to your life. Their approach is lively, relevant, modern and also informed by years of practice and study.

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Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

USA Today Op Ed: Yoga is about inner peace, not infighting over petty preferences and appropriation charges

Episode 114: The Good, Bad, & Ugly of Ego with Sally Kempton

Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture by Andrea Jain

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Episode 117: Jason’s Favorite (Non-Asana) Yoga Books

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When I have Jason on the show, we talk a lot about postures and technique, so I thought it would be interesting to talk yoga philosophy on the podcast this week. I asked Jason to share his favorite yoga books (that are not focused on the physical practice). These are just a few of his favorites, spanning yoga philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, and neuroscience.

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Upanishads  with commentary by Eknath Easwaran

The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran

How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rick Hanson

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite non-asana yoga books through Instagram #yogalandstories. I compiled a list of YOUR favorites, which are listed below.

The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele

Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmation for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing by Thom Ashley-Farrand

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul by Melodie Beattie

Mindfulness and Surfing: Reflections for the Saltwater Soul by Sam Bleakley

The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translation by Bernard Bouanchaud

The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living by Stephen Cope

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope

Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guide Book by Ram Dass

The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras by Nischala Joy Devi

The Breathing Book: Good Breath and Vitality Through Essential Breathwork by Donna Farhi

Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley 

Dharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide to Buddhist and Zen by Rodney Alan Greenblat

Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice in an Unjust World by Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self by Anodea Judith

A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield

True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness & Spiritual Fulfillment by Jennie Lee

The Roots of Yoga by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton

Tending the Heart Fire: Living in the Flow and Pulse of Life by Shiva Rea

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

How Yoga Works by Michael Roach and Christine McNally

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Living Gita: The Complete Bhagavhad Gita, a Commentary for Modern Readers by Sri Swami Satchidananda

Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom by Rod Stryker

 

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 26: Three Yoga Sutras for Tough Times with Kate Holcombe
Episode 39: Richard Rosen on Patanjali in Modern Yoga Practice

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