• Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A Complete Guide with Translations and Commentary

  • By: Mark Madison
  • Narrated by: Ronald Hillman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali has long been shrouded in mystery and confusion. That’s because existing translations rely on confusing language and outdated interpretations. The process can be so frustrating that it seems that only yoga instructors or dedicated gurus are committed to studying this ancient text, the Yoga Sutra.

This guide is intended to teach you how to be the leader in your own spiritual journey. By modernizing and simplifying the sutras, this guide makes it easy for you to know exactly how the sage Patanjali conceptualized yoga and the path to realization. Before you know it, you’ll be inspired to start meditating, fostering positivity, and dispelling the toxic elements in your life.

The guide is broken down into three chapters packed with helpful tips and information:

  • Chapter One gives you the history of the Yoga Sutra and how it has changed from the time Patanjali wrote the sutras to today.
  • Chapter Two provides the full 196 sutras in simple language so that you can easily your own spiritual journey toward enlightenment. This chapter also includes new commentary to give you insight on what each sutra means.
  • Chapter Three brings the practice to your mat by encouraging you to make the Yoga Sutras your own. You’ll be invited to write an intention and explore which sutras will be best for your yoga journey. When you make the sutras work for you, you’ll be that much closer to enlightenment.

Many of the guides out there for the Yoga Sutra are just as confusing as reading this ancient text in the original Sanskrit. With those other guides, you often find yourself having to re-word the sutras in a language you understand.

But, here, you won’t be bogged down by dense, hard-to-understand language or outdated phrasing. Everything in this guide has been mindfully written and organized so that you can get the most out of this life-changing yogic journey. What else makes this guide so special? Here are a few other ways this guide stands out among the others:

  • The format allows you to consume the entire translation of a section before listening to the author’s. That means you get the opportunity to formulate your own interpretations before hearing someone else’s.
  • The sutras are repeated throughout the chapter so that you can naturally become familiar with them instead of having to memorize them.
  • Definitions of complex ideas are simplified and weaved into the audiobook.

Why are these aspects so important for your journey towards enlightenment? Well, the more that you’re able to take the wheel and genuinely gain the knowledge of the sages, the more you’ll be inspired and empowered to stay committed to your yoga practice.

But that’s not the only advantage. These intentional formatting and language choices make the Yoga Sutra more enjoyable.

©2018 Mark Madison (P)2019 Mark Madison

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Super helpful interpretation and simplification

A complete reading of the sutras supplemented with simple, relatable & clear interpretations as well as thorough explanations. I highly recommend and I will listen to it again. While hi-lighting in my Patanjali Sutras text.

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Eh, ok

Narrator was too robotic and the book was still a bit of a mystery but all in all not bad for my first book on the Yoga Sutras.

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Nice summary of the sutras, mediocre narration

The narrator mispronounced well-known yoga terms like "om" "sadhana" and even "Patanjali." it's hard to take this book seriously because of that, but it is a decent summary of the sutras

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Thank you!

I have an English translation of the yoga-sutra of Patanjali. love this translation and it's connections to Buddhism. Am very interested in the parallels between yoga and Buddhism.

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Came as described

Mark's breakdown and grouping of the sutras explain how they are related and what we yogis are trying to obtain by unifying our body, soul, and animation.

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Scholarly and accessible

Mark Madison's translation makes the yoga-sutra accessible without reducing depth. His interspersed commentary in the first chapters provides useful meaning. Having the yoga-sutra stand-alone (in translation) in an index is of great value as well.

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Highly recommended

The audible is great well and is very clear to understand for beginners. It is an excellent source of information. Its what I need for my yoga teacher training.

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lots of info

An incredible translation and commentary which I reference often in my study and yoga teaching! Great opening and thought-provoking.

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The tips provided are really practical

I LOVE yoga. This was a fantastic, informative, and succinct AUDIOBOOK about Yoga Sutra of Patanjali and yoga.

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Comprehended exercises

A definitely understood exercise of the chakras to restore your soul. It just takes a couple of moments of your time.

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Enjoyable and informative

This is a really enjoyable narration. Engaging and informative, leaving the listener with plenty to take away and internally personalise.