Yoga Sutra: First Verse

Atha Yoga anushasanam

Now, the teaching of Yoga.

This is the First verse of Yoga Sutra written by Petanjali. This book is written in very short verses and this is made because the goal is to attract the attention of the reader.

The First word is ”Atha” and this words mean ”now. With this short words, Petanjaly try to take your attention and want that your thoughts are left behind. Now it means, we focus in this lecture, Now is the time to focus in Yoga.

The second word is ‘Yoga” and this word it means union, this word is the second starting point of your journey. From ”Now” you should focus on the union (Yoga) of the Body, Mind and Soul. Without this second words with the actual meaning of Yoga, there is any effect but just simple stretching.

The third word is ‘anushasanam’. This word is a statement that means practice. If we don’t surrender to the practice of ”Yoga”, ”Now”, there is not a reason to start reading this book. By practicing we are not talking about what exactly in this Sutra, but we are focusing more on Surrender of the practice and discipline that the practice itself it gives to us.

This is the comment that I have, I wish to know your thinking about your comment of this very important verse.

If you haven’t read yet Yoga Sutra and you are already practicing. Step back, buy the book, I suggest in your native language, because is a very deep book and take your time in reading it. This book shouldn’t be rush but should be understood and is part of the path of Yoga, can be slow, can be quick; it doesn’t matter, what it matters is to read and surrender.


Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt


Gayatri Mantra is a very powerful ”song” for people that chant and for those that listen.  The general meaning of this mantra is:

We meditate to the Supreme Lord, to the creator.

With its power, illuminate us and lead us.

This mantra has many benefit for those that are used to chant. The importance is to learn the words properly and trying to repeat them well.  This Mantra we can find to be listened in Restaurants in India in the morning because one of its benefits is about giving prosperity by bowing to the Supreme and thank him of what we have had so far.

Gayatri-Mantra-Effect-e1494354012983The different syllable that are in this mantra make the vibration in each different part of our body and by doing this, we can feel the benefit if we used to chant daily.

Some more benefits are:

  • It improves your concentration;
  • It bows you to something bigger than you, called it Supreme, God or Vital Energy;
  • It improves the rhythm pattern of breath;
  • it keeps our hearth healthy;

I  share a link of the Gayatri Mantra sung by a woman and it can help you on learning the mantra, I also used to listen it when I start working but remember don’t eat while you listen, don’t drink and focus on the mantra, chant while listen and don’t talk with other people. If is impossible for you to do this while working, better to don’t listen and just find the time to listen this song or chant by JUST focusing in the Mantra. Remember to repeat a Mantra 108 times (Why 108 Times?)!

Here is the link in YouTube of the Gayatri Mantra