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The influence of Jaina philosophy on Patañjali

26 September 2022

There are a number of striking parallels between the doctrine of Patañjali and that of the early Jainas. For example, Patañjali's five yamas are identical to the five 'great vows' of Jainism..


Was Patañjali truly important?

29 August 2022

Although the Yogasūtra, is widely regarded as a classic, the authoritative status of Patañjali's work in premodern yoga has been contested within scholarship. This essay draws on new research to critically assess the importance of Patañjali's Yogaśāstra in yoga's history.


Ashtanga Yoga and God

23 September 2016

"Samadhi-siddhir Ishwara-pranidhanat -
From devotion to God, Samadhi is attained"
(Yoga Sutra 2.45)


The roots of postural yoga

25 August 2016

Modern Yoga is a composite hybrid of practices in which the somatic techniques of Hatha Yoga converge with the experiential philosophy of Patanjali’s Eight limbed path.


Yoga Korunta - unearthing an Ashtanga legend

11 November 2015

There is an intriguing legend in the world of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. If you’ve never heard the story before, it usually goes something like this: In the mid-1920s the late, great, yoga master and teacher, Sri T. Krishnamacharya went to the Calcutta library accompanied by a young and earnest student named K. Pattabhi Jois..

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James is a yoga teacher and researcher who's practised yoga for over 23 years. He holds an MA in Traditions of Yoga & Meditation from SOAS, University of London, where he continues to study postgraduate Sanskrit.

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