Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: Ashtanga Yoga, Asanas, Pranayama

Books 1 and 2. Learn and Understand the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali. How Ashtanga Yoga can Improve Your Mind and Body.

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Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: Ashtanga Yoga, Asanas, Pranayama


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Jul 2018

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What you will learn

Develop yoga principles to improve your life

Understand the true meaning of yoga

Understand how the mind works

Find greater peace, clarity of mind and fulfillment in your life


The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali are 196 Indian sutras (aphorisms). The Yoga Sutras were compiled prior to 400 CE by Sage Patanjali, taking materials about yoga from older traditions. The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali was the most translated ancient Indian text in the medieval era, having been translated into about forty Indian languages and two non-Indian languages: Old Javanese and Arabic. The text fell into obscurity for nearly 700 years from the 12th to 19th century, and began to regain popularity in late 19th century due to the efforts of Swami Vivekananda, the Theosophical Society and others. It gained prominence again as a comeback classic in the 20th century.

Before the 20th century, history indicates the Indian yoga scene was dominated by the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Vasistha, texts attributed to Yajnavalkya and Hiranyagarbha, as well as literature on hatha yoga, tantric yoga and pashupata yoga rather than the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali. In the 20th century the western practitioners of yoga elevated the Yoga Sutras to a status it never knew previously.

Scholars consider the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali formulations to be one of the foundations of classical Yoga philosophy of Hinduism.

In this course, R. Alexander Medin shares his interpretation of the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali. He translated the Sanskrit writings into Norwegian many years ago.

You will uncover the meanings of many Yoga principles including:

Antarayas and much more...

With this new knowledge you will embark on a new voyage of discovery, discipline and connection.

Additionally, you will learn about Norway's number one Yoga Retreat center, how to make some delicious smoothies, and our thoughts on Love, connecting and Ashtanga Yoga.

Enroll today.




Yoga Sutras Chapter One: Samadhi Pada

The Definitions and Purpose of Yoga - Sutras 1-3

The Vrttis - Sutras 4-11

Abhyasa and Vairagya - Sutras 12-16

Two Aspects of Samadhi - Sutras 17-22

Ishvara - Sutras 23-19

The Nine Antarayas - Sutra 30-32

Seven More Objects of Meditation to Centre the MInd - Sutra 33-40

The Four Types of Samapatti - Sutra 41-49

Sabija Samadhi - Sutra 50-51

Yoga Sutras Chapter Two: Sadhana Pada


Kriya Yoga - Yoga Sutras - Sutra 1-2

The Five Kleshas and the Cause of Karma - Sutra 3-16 Part One

The Five Kleshas and the Cause of Karma - Sutra 3-16 Part Two

The See-er and the Seen - Sutra 17-22

Samyoga - Sutra 23-27

Purification of the Eight Limbs of Yoga - Sutra 28-29

The Yamas and Niyamas - Sutra 30-45 - Part One

The Yamas and Niyamas - Sutra 30-45 - Part Two

Asana - Sutra 46-48

Pranayama - Sutra 49-53

Pratyahara - Sutra 54-55

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R. Alexander Medin



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Nina22 June 2020

So far I like it. What would be nice is this: Let the sutras in sanskrit pop up on the screen so we can not only hear them but see them too - This would help tremendously, especially when one has a yoga sutra and is trying to follow along with it

Carrie13 April 2020

I Love How There Was Sanskrit And English. So We Could have a better understanding of what patanjali was really saying. even through diaclect change.

Kiran8 February 2020

Instructor is very good at pronouncing Sanskrit even though he is from different place which show’s he put an effort in making this and also I like the explanation and overall course.

Tim27 March 2019

It's a very basic teaching style, he's just reading the sutras and explaining them. The wind noise on recording no. 13 is horrible! Very hard to hear and disturbing sound!

Gabriella2 March 2019

I am not a native English speaker and I can follow the instructor videos almost 100% with minor replay. In such cases normally I would turn captions on, so to follow with less stress. However, captions are terrible since some terms from yoga are totally misunderstood (example: "the seer"--> see her, sea here,...) It would be better not to have the captions options, or a warning to use them with much critical effort

Damien10 October 2018

Great course! the teacher is very knowledgeable about his subject and presents the information in a down-to-earth manner that makes this ancient teaching relevant to our modern problems ..

ANASTASSIYA12 September 2018

It's the first tutor of sutras of non-Indian origin who would know the subject so deeply & seriously I've ever met! A well-structured course, nicely explained and shared. Grateful for your knowledge. Thanks all the participants of the videos. An excellent course ! Will be my video-book till the end of times. Namaste.

Glenn26 November 2017

I have tried to read and study the Yoga Sutras but this oral format is a much better way for me to learn. I will need to listen more than once. I also study tabla on YouTube with a teacher and it is great!

Lisa25 November 2017

I appreciate this course deeply. The wisdom and depth of knowledge Alexander shares is truly enriching. This is a eloquently insightful introduction to Patanjaliʻs Yoga sutras, BUT this course only covers the first 2 books, when there are actually 4 books total. I didnʻt realize that until after I had purchased the course, so that was a bit disappointing. It would also be nice to have handouts/pdfʻs available for download with the teachings and explanations of each of the terms to follow along with, but I understand the purpose of this discourse and know I can always listen to it again. Overall, this is a good intro course to understanding the deeper meaning of Yoga and I definitely recommend it!

Unju24 October 2017

This is great! I have many different interpretations and versions of Patanjali's Sutras, and these teachings by Alexander are concise, simple and easy to understand. I must admit that some of the deeper meanings of sutras have always escaped me. Alexander's passion for and knowledge of the Sutras and Yoga in general are quite profound and apparent in these teachings! Also, I'm inspired to perhaps plan a trip to Nosen Retreat in the coming year...seems wonderful! Thank you and many blessings :) Unju

Tony17 October 2017

Profound insights presented in a lucid manner that is rationally simple but quite intellectually layered.

Vikki10 October 2017

I’m enjoying listening to this course . I was a bit mistaken and thought that this course has yoga postures as well . However , now I realise it’s purely a study of the scriptures . Nonetheless I am happy to be learning the ancient knowledge and theory behind yoga . Perhaps meant to be for me at this moment !? It’s easy & clear to listen to and understand .

Nancy10 October 2017

Inspirational from the testimonials. The instructor passionate to share his knowledge for the students well being. Highly recommended especially for students such as my-self who have had first class tuition on a subject i previously had never studied. Nancy Thomas-Ward

Joan6 October 2017

Fascinating. Alexander is a Yogi master. He knows Yoga Sutras. Amazing learning experience. I recommend this course highly.

Sorin4 October 2017

Great course for beginners. I had no idea about some of the concepts explained and also the production quality is top notch.


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