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Embodying the Yoga Sutra

Support, Direction, Space

By: Ranju Roy & David Charlton

Price: CAD $35.95

Publisher: Red Wheel Weiser

Imprint: Weiser Books

352 Pages

8 X 6 ins

ISBN:  9781578636884 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 11/15/2019

Not another translation but a highly readable and in-depth exploration of select passages from this essential classical text as a key to the complete path of yoga.

"The fruit of a lifetime of inquiry and practice, this is a book that the world needs." "Mark Singleton, author of Yoga Body and Roots of Yoga"Unassuming, generous and brilliant, Dave and Ranju teach from the heart with wit and wisdom." "Tara Fraser, Director Yoga Junction, author Yoga for You and Yoga Bliss

Understanding Patanjali's Yoga Sutras is the key to understanding yoga itself, and yet relatively few of todays practitioners know how to apply these ancient Sanskrit aphorisms to contemporary life. Ranju Roy and David Charlton focus on 18 of the most important sutras and show how each one illuminates the relationship between the body, the breath, and the mind.

The authors examine the interplay of three key terms: support, direction, and space. They suggest that only by taking "support" can you establish a clear direction; and once a direction is established then space can open up. This formula can be applied as successfully to the body (in asana) as to the breath (in pranayama) and the mind (through meditation).

Embodying the Yoga Sutras is a practical and a deeply philosophical book.


Ranju Roy and David Charlton founded Sadhana Mala in 2004. The organization specializes in teacher training, study courses, and retreats. They both studied with TKV Desikachar, Paul Harvey, and Peter Hersnack. They have led training course for Viniyoga and yoga classes and retreats throughout the UK and Ireland. They have personal l contact with more than 2,000 students, several hundred of whom have gone on to become teachers themselves.



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