If you don’t know about YogaSutra and you are practicing Yoga, take a step back and read this post first. Patanjalim explains 196 verses in this YogaSutra. This Sage has explained what actual Yoga is and it’s divided in 8 different limbs: Ashtanga.
Before explaining briefly what Yogasutra is I would like to talk about a story, how Patanjalim was born (My guruji has told me with whole his energy I couldn’t forget it). The legend says that there was a woman, with a great knowledge of Yoga, which couldn’t have any children. She was going everyday to the Ganga River and praise to the Lord to have a kid so that she could pass her knowledge. Vishnu (the God that is represented with snakes) was seating in his comortable throne and was looking for someone who could explain knowledge of yoga to people easily. He paid attention to her everyday wishes and saw that she could be the mother he was looking for to give a baby with right skills to explain Yoga easily for everybody. One day he dropped a little his little snake in the Ganga water. So the next days she went again in the Ganga she drunk water and swallowed little snake to. This snake went to the womb and 9 months later, we luckily got Patanjalim!
We also have an opening mantra to say thank you to patanjalim for thinking about us and giveing us oportunity of understanding yoga easily.
Going back again to the YogaSutra we can see that this small verses explain the real meaning of Yoga as path and union of the Self (NOT Yourself), to help us understan he has divided it in 8 different limbs:
- Yama (ethical standards and sense of integrity)
- Nyama (discipline)
- Asana (posture)
- Pranayama (breath technique)
- Pratyahara (Sense of withdrawal)
- Dharana (concentration)
- Dhyana (meditation)
- Samadhi (state of ecstasy)
Each of this limb has been explained in the Sutras by Patanjalim. It helps you to achieve, by following this path your own state of ecstasy (Samadhi).
To get the real understanding, I suggest you to buy the Yoga Sutra and comment with a teacher. This two actions are also part of the Sutras.
Surrender to God and also to the knowledge of a Guru together with the self study of sacred books.