What are the Yoga Sūtras?

Patañjali’s ancient text the Yoga Sūtras is our inspiration at OM Matters. This text was written around 250 B.C.E. in Sanskrit, and is known as the very foundation of yoga philosophy and practice in the East and West. Although there are many translations and interpretations of the title “The Sūtras,” most scholars agree that yoga means “to yoke” and sūtras is “a thread.” The Yoga Sūtras is therefore a thread of beautiful verses that outline the key tenets of yoga.

How the Yoga Sūtras Inspire Us

The Yoga Sūtras offers suggestions on how we can live our lives in peace and happiness. What inspires us about this philosophy is that it:

  • Leads us to the understanding that everything is interconnected and encourages us to be mindful of all our actions, because our actions do matter: WE ARE ONE.
  • Challenges us to experience each of the philosophies and practices ourselves, to trust our own experiences and how practicing yoga makes us feel versus what someone else may be teaching—even Patañjali.
  • Gives us the 8 Limbs of Yoga, a roadmap and tools to guide us in our journey to live a more soulful and meaningful life.

Our first eco-friendly yoga clothing collection for women will feature the 8 limbs of yoga. We are thrilled that the amazing artist Stina Persson has created 8 different designs to capture the feeling of each of Patañjali’s limbs. Upcoming blogs will highlight each of the limbs, showcasing Stina’s beautiful art and the meaning behind each limb.

In the meantime, check out the 8 Limbs of Yoga collection at www.OM-Matters.com.

For every purchase made, OM Matters will donate 10% of the sales proceeds to fund yoga for at-risk youth.


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