The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Historical Context

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we explore the historical context surrounding the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.


Gain a basic understanding of the historical context of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and build a foundation for exploring the teachings.


Learn about the authorship of the Yoga Sutras and the meaning and use of the sutra style. Consider why Sanskrit is well-suited for communicating these teachings and an issue related to translating the text into English. Examine the branch of yoga from which the Yoga Sutras arise and how the teachings compare to Buddhist philosophy


Patanjali, Sanskrit, sutra

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