Yoga Sutra Translations

Historic Yoga Sutras Manuscript

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Because I am a learner of Sanskrit and not an expert or translator by any means, I felt it would be best to provide a few translations of the Sutras referenced on this website for reference.

Given the preponderance of Raja yoga-centered and male-centered translations, I wanted to use gender neutral and female centered translations. This was a taller order than it might sound! There are very few translations written by women who weren’t following a western academic style of translation, and virtually none by Desi women.

One of my teachers, Susanna Barkataki, who also identifies as a “Sanskrit Learner” (but is much further along and more accomplished in Sanskrit than I am), has blended translations by a few yoga leaders in order to create her own translations.

She also recommended “The Secret Power of Yoga” by Nischala Joy Devi to me. I have only begun to read this book and I am finding it to be one of the most unique approaches to the Sutras I have come across. It’s not only easy to read, it’s easy to relate to the Sutras in a very personal way.

While searching around the world wide web for resources, I also came across the Yoga Sutra Study website. They have compiled translations from several well-known figures in yoga history. I frequently refer to this website for their presentation of Sanskrit, transliteration, and recordings of the pronunciation of the Sutras.

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