The Yoga Sutras are teachings that, for centuries, have served as a guide to check our progress in the path of Yoga. They can illuminate our spiritual journey by helping us forget our personal selfishness, broaden our minds, and make us better masters of our body, mind, and senses.
Thousands of years ago, Patanjali, a realized yogi considered the father of modern yoga, summarized the yogic teachings in a compendium known as the Yoga Sutras — texts originating from spiritual traditions.
The story tells us that Shiva, the first yogi, transmitted to seven sages knowledge about humanity as a total mechanism of the human body, mind, and consciousness. Years later, Patanjali assimilated the vastness of this information and compiled it in a system for everyone to understand it in a meaningful way.
Sutra means "thread." To better understand it, we can see a sutra as a tool or formula to follow. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali contain the Eight Limb Path of Yoga.
"The Yoga Sutras are an absolutely brilliant piece of work compared to any of the scriptures on the planet talking about life and beyond." ~ Sadhguru