Non Fiction Review: A Seeker’s Guide to the Yoga Sutras

A Seeker's Guide to the Yoga Sutras by Ram Bhakt
A Seeker’s Guide to the Yoga Sutras: Modern Reflections on the Ancient Journey
by Ram Bhakt

4 out of 5 stars

This book teaches yoga philosophies and truths that will help the reader to slow down, stay calm, and find freedom. Each chapter features a modern translation of a sutra quote from the original Sanskrit, a few short paragraphs expanding on the teaching, and a meditation exercise or reflection for the reader to ponder.

I really like that this book is broken up into two page tidbits. It’s perfect for quick and thoughtful reading right before or after a yoga session, and then taking 5 minutes to meditate on the lesson or truth that is presented.
The lessons include things like calming the mind, harnessing our emotions, identifying the energies in our body, practicing non-attachment to material things, controlling our habits, showing compassion and patience to others and ourselves, and of course focusing on the breath.

There were very few lessons that had any religious overtones. Most of the lessons are general philosophy and universal truths that apply to any person. There are a few mentions of “karma”, but I didn’t see any major deities mentioned.

I think I will use this book to enhance my yoga practice and help me to meditate and focus as I do yoga. The layout and design of the pages is really beautiful, with lovely mandala designs on each page.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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