A Sutra a Day: I-20 Opening to Yoga

Jun 5, 2012 | Being a writer, Philosophy, Wisdom, XSutras, xTmp, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali | 2 comments

- a sutra a day: i-20 opening to yoga

I saw a wonderful video presented as a Ted Talk with  Brené Brown speaking on “The Power of Vulnerability”. I’d seen it before and loved the vulnerability Brene Brown demonstrates. It held me completely on second viewing, as Brown’s talk is entertaining as well as inspiring. She also has this presentation as an extended audio book 

In the spirit of being open with you, watching this video encouraged me to share a bit of writing I did a while back in a life stories course. My story probably explains why I’ve had such love for and faith in for more than 40 years:
Yoga Saved My Life2

The word for faith in Patanjali’s Sutra can be interpreted to mean, not blind faith, but rather, that which comes after understanding the truth. It’s a quality that arises from experience.

sraddha virya smrti samadhiprajna purvakah itaresam

Through faith, which will give sufficient energy to achieve success against all odds, direction will be maintained. The realisation of the goal of yoga is a matter of time.*
*Patanjali’s Yogasutras, translation and commentary by T.K.V. Desikachar



  1. Eve I found your Yoga Saved my Life writing incredibly moving and left me with a huge revelation about you and life itself. I understand fully why you are so passionate about yoga and what yoga gave to you. Thanks for sharing this. And thanks for sharing Brené. I too saw this a while back and love it more this time. It’s so timely.
    Thanks for your courage, compassion and connection and being in my life.

    • Thanks so much for your kind comments. It felt like a risk, putting my heart on my sleeve with that post. And I love that you see me, Dear Friend! XO E


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