Introduction to Yoga Sutras

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Introduction to Yoga Sutras (2016)


Yoga is clearly laid out in an ancient text called the Yoga Sutras. These sutras were written in Sanskrit by Patanjali sometime between 500 BCE and 200 CE. The text defines yoga as a school of thought. Its focus is not on positions but rather an inward journey into our consciousness. How does our consciousness work? How can we refine it, improve it, work it, in order to connect to the inner light of awareness.

Nicolai Bachman has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy, Ayurveda and other related topics since 1994. He has a knack for synthesizing and organizing complex topics into simple and understandable presentations. He studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, the Ayurvedic Institute, the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the Vedic Chant Center. He is the author of The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of the Yoga Philosophy.

Episode List

The philosophy and practice of yoga are designed to learn about who we are. In the process, we root out negativity and replace it with loving kindness.
9 minutes
Yoga, in its broadest sense, includes a belief in the permanent divine light of awareness. It promotes kindness and selflessness and less attachment to material things.
7 minutes
Our consciousness is a field through which the inner light of awareness shines. Understanding how the heart-mind complex functions is essential to understanding how yoga works.
12 minutes
Nicolai Bachman explores what karma is, why the theory of karma can explain the inexplicable, and how karma provides incentive to live a kind and honest life.
11 minutes
In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, yoga includes eight distinct parts – referred to as limbs – that, when practiced, refine and stabilize every aspect of our lives and lead us toward our inner light of awareness.
5 minutes
Nicolai Bachman begins his exploration of yamas, the first of the eight limbs of yoga, by looking at the first element of that limb, ahimsa, which can translate as “non-hurtfulness,” or non-violence.
7 minutes
In this essential yoga talk, Nicolai Bachman reiterates the central role of ahimsa – nonviolence – in yoga. He discusses some of the causes of violence, and some ways we can prevent or weaken its expression.
5 minutes
Satya, or truthfulness, is the second of five yamas that make up the first limb of yoga. If we value our individual conscience more than our own self-interest, we can become our own hero by maintaining our integrity.
7 minutes
How we communicate with others directly affects the health of our relationships. Satya, or truthfulness, practiced alongside ahimsa, or nonviolence, gives us nonviolent communication.
7 minutes

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clairepooka, posted on September 27, 2016

Just watching these videos has created a change in my consciousness. I feel more grounded and in touch with yoga as whole. Please show more episodes! Thank you! Namaste!

des.susko, posted on September 23, 2016

These are really wonderful :-) Nicolai has a great way of explaining the Sutras. Simple and easy to understand. Beautifully done with a sincere approach to relay the true teachings. I Love it! In gratitude, Namaste!

In Peace and Love,

AlyRobbins40, posted on August 21, 2016

Interesting. I am a new to the practice of yoga and this was very enlightening and easy to understand.

cnt1casey, posted on August 16, 2016

very delicious for the mind this is the amber nectar medicine of yoga teachings, NAMASTE :)

drc.vanessa, posted on August 11, 2016

I find this serie really great. Looking forward to watch more episodes!

petmyrhino, posted on August 3, 2016

I have gotten so much out of these talks. Nicolai explains the sutras so well and it inspires me in my life and practice. Thank you so much for this. namaste.

alunamoth, posted on August 1, 2016

I love how this creates a whole new perspective on my foundation for practicing yoga. I can't wait to see more!

miss-michellehansen, posted on July 31, 2016

informative. simply said. full of wisdom. new and not so new yogis will benefit.

shellyharms, posted on July 27, 2016

Very informative and thought provoking. I am very much looking forward to more episodes. Thank you!

cathykenworthy, posted on July 24, 2016

Thank you!, posted on July 24, 2016

I love this series and can't wait to see more. Thank you!

robynneclarke, posted on July 21, 2016

Hello. When will the next episode be released? He said the practices will be released in the next episode. Thanks kindly.

KristenL@Gaia, posted on July 22, 2016


The next episode will be released next week, on 7/27. Thank you for being a member of the Gaia community!


azmudd, posted on July 21, 2016

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