A Guide To Dazzling Yoga Philosophy Articles On elephant journal. ~ Katinka Sætersdal Remøe






How to get lost in the Yoga classics without feeling lost:

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Classical Yoga philosophy represents the foundation for a yoga practice and is something every serious yoga practitioner ought to get familiar with. That being said, the texts can seem overwhelming and with the jungle of translations and publications out there, getting a clear overview of the basics is easier said than done.

Throughout this year, I have been taking an in-depth course in traditional Ashtanga Yoga where studying the classics has been at the core. Given how the course is coming to an end and exams are soon to be held, I am head-deep in my yoga books trying to get a grip of Patanjali’s wise words, the meaning behind the battle at Kurushetra and why doing sun salutations may bring about samadhi.

For sure, it is an adventure to dig into the origins of yoga and study its very core.

But, it is also challenging as the texts are not always easy to grasp and a lot is left for the reader to interpret as he or she wishes.

elephant journal, with its huge database on various themes related to yoga philosophy explained in a clear and easy-to-grasp manner, has been of significant help to me in grasping the essentials and translating the classics into my everyday life.

Given how I suspect I am not the only one feeling slightly more lost than found when it comes to yoga philosophy, here is a guide to articles on elephant journal that I have found most useful in the study of three essential classical works: the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

Maybe it can be of some use for not only my fellow students but also others who find it hard to put these “oldies” into a present context.



On the history and background of yoga:

1. Yoga History in 9 Easy Steps by Ramesh Bjonnes

2. Three Ways to View the Ancient History of Yoga by Ramesh Bjonnes

3. Who Invented Yoga? By Ramesh Bjonnes


On the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: 

4. 6 Secrets of the Sutras by Amy Vaughn

5. The Eight Limbs of Yoga 2.0 by Matthew Remskie with Scott Petrie

6. A Taste of the Yoga Sutras, Part 1 by Camella Nair

7. A Taste of the Yoga Sutras, Part 2 by Camella Nair

8. A Taste of the Yoga Sutras, Part 3 by Camella Nair

9. Patanjali is my Homeboy, Part 1 by Candice Garrett

10. Patanjali is my Homeboy, Part 2 by Candice Garrett

11. Brahmacharya: More Than Sex Energy by Paul Dallaghan


On the Bhagavad Gita:

1. The Bhagavad Gita, Plain and Simple series by Vic DiCara

2. The Everyday Bhagavad Gita by Vrindavan Rao


On the Hatha Yoga Pradipika:

1. Early History of Asana: What were the Original Postures & Where Did They Come From? By Amy Vaughn

2. Asanas Through the Ages by Joseph Boquiren

3. Wisdom on Advanced Hatha Yoga Practice by Dan Clement

4. The Kundalini Awakening Process: An Inside Story by Kara-Leah Grant



Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and The Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute by R. Alexander Medin

Do the Right Thing by Sally Kempton (on following one’s dharma)

Just Let Go by Sally Kempton (on attachment and detachment)

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katinkaremoe Mar 31, 2014 1:25am

Thanks a million, Bob! There are so many good articles on yoga philosophy on EJ, even putting together a list is challenging. I will explore the links above and maybe make a list #2.


Katinka Mar 30, 2014 11:03pm

Thanks a million, Bob! There are so many good articles on this subject, putting together a list can be a challenge in itself. I will go through your suggestions, and maybe put some ad-ons to the list 🙂

Bob Weisenberg Mar 30, 2014 10:54pm

Hi, Katinka. Thanks for putting together this valuable list.

Here are a couple of suggested additions:

Bhagavad Gita in a Nutshell: Big Ideas and Best Quotations (This was a long-running seminar on elephant. There are links to 14 other individual articles) http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/08/gita-talk-

Yoga Demystified: The Six Big Ideas http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/09/yoga-demys

The Original Sixteen Session Gita Talk
(Self-Paced Online Seminar) http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/05/welcome-to

All of articles by the the wonderful Catherine Ghosh. Pick your favorites. Here's her elephant page: http://www.elephantjournal.com/author/catherine-g

Same with Yoga 2.0 Matthew Remski: http://www.elephantjournal.com/author/yoga-20-lab

There are others, as well, but I'll just stop with those two right now.

If you're hungry for more, you can most of the best more recent elephant articles on yoga philosophy on "Best of Yoga Philosophy", although you'll have to search through to find the elephant articles, since they're mixed in with all the others: http://www.pinterest.com/yogaphilosophy/pins/ . Just noticed you can solve that problem by going to facebook instead https://www.facebook.com/bobweisenberg?ref=tn_tnm… , where you can see which articles are from elephant. (The posts are the same as on pinterest.)

Thanks again for doing this!

Bob Weisenberg

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Katinka Sætersdal Remøe

Katinka is an adventure-seeking, wine-loving yogini with a passion for the unknown. Her curiosity has led her into many peculiar situations, from having tea with Sudanese ministers and roadtripping through India’s heartland searching for guerrilla soldiers to crossing the Alps on skis. She loves contrasts, which is why you find a mix of high heels, climbing shoes, cowboy hats and yogamats in her closet, and strongly believes it enriches her life. Her current base is Romsdalen, Norway, where she teaches at Romsdal Yoga, bakes apple cake at Sødahl-huset, and daydream on mountaintops. Check out her website and blog or connect with her on Facebook.