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Heart of the Yoga Sutras

Inspiring a useful practice.

BY Rolf Sovik ON July 4, 2013

Rolf provides an inspiring overview of padas (chapters) 1 and 2 of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Chapter 1 provides a comprehensive understanding of samadhi—the goal of yoga, and chapter 2 defines yoga sadhana—the practice of yoga. Listen to a brief translation and commentary of Sutras 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, and 1:4, as well as an in-depth discussion of Vyasa's five operations of the mind.

ABOUT Rolf Sovik President and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute and a clinical psychologist in private practice, Rolf Sovik has studied yoga in the United States, India, and Nepal. He holds degrees in philosophy, music, Eastern studies, and clinical psychology. Former Co-Director of the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, NY he began his practice of yoga in 1972, and was initiated as a pandit in the Himalayan tradition in 1987. He is the author of Moving Inward, co-author of the award-winning Yoga: Mastering the Basics, and a contributor to Yoga International.

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