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The Mat S6 E9 “Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras1-6” by Kat of JYL


Yoga Sutras 1:6

(The vritis are) right and wrong conceptions of what is , imagination, sleep, and memory. All vritis, in stirring the waters of feeling, distort the reality that is soul-Bliss.

Dear Friends,

Boy is it hot! I hope this blog post finds you enjoying the start of summer. We have been studying the Yoga Sutras for a couple of month’s now and learning what Patanjali wanted to express to us in his writings. As we dig deeper into the Sutras we find ourselves taking apart little pieces of this vast puzzle of how to live our yogic lives.

Sutra 1:6 tells us that practicing meditation and calm wisdom is the best way to avoid the illusion of our vrittis (desires).

Think of God, pray for his grace and ask to seek his presence in meditation.

Srikrishna said in the Bhagavad Gita: “Get away from my ocean of suffering and misery!”

Don’t worry if that quote confuses you, it should. We will study the Gita in 2018 after we better understand the Sutras.

Namaste With love,


The Mat S6 E8 “Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras 1-5” by Kat of JYL


Dear Friends,

“Demystifying Patanjali” was based on the wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda presented by his disciple- Swami Kriyananda as a basis for a balanced Yogi to study. It is important to understand that these interpretations can somehow get mixed up. As far as 1-5 is concerned it is a complex Sutra and one that you should take your time with learning.

Key Points

Vrittis= one’s self-developed inclinations (desires & attachments)

Some cause pain, some give pleasure.

*No self-definition can bring anyone happiness.

Sharing with others can only help to remove a layer of egoism from the giver’s consciousness.

We must try to overcome all self-definitions.

Our vrittis do not define us as we are; they only define us as we think we are.

We may tread the downward path to further suffering, or the upward, to eventual bliss in him.

Take what you can from each lesson and share your knowledge.



The Mat S6 E7 Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1-4



Dear Friends,

Yoga Sutra 1-4
“Otherwise (if one hasn’t found inner peace) the vrittis cause the indwelling Self to assume many (outward) forms.

Your “vrittis” or “desires” can cause things to happen. Until you learn to attain inner calmness, your “vrittis” or (inclinations, attachments) can self-define you as you are not truly meant to be seen.

The writer gave us this as an example: “We can tell ourselves I am ________. None of that is true. We are the immortal, ever changeless Atman, the Supreme Self.”

Point being, we are not our “vrittis”, you are not what you desire, those desires only determine our temporary life. We are made from God this is true because all creation itself is only his manifestation. There is something to ponder on this week through the eyes of one that went before us.



The Mat S6 E5 Patanjali Sutra 1-2″Yoga is the neutralization of the vortices of feeling”



Dear Friends,

Welcome back to the Sutra review! Today we discuss Vritti= Eddy, vortex or “whirlpool” and how this affects your life. From Demystifying Patanjali Sutra 1-2:

“Our desires and attachments do not make our thoughts fluctuate so much, like waves, instead, we grip them to us just as a river’s current draws things to the center, we revolve our desires around our egos, as in a vortex”

Pretty strong stuff for us to focus on, but oh so helpful in the lessons of life. Basically, as long as we find ourselves pulled in both directions between what we desire and what life will have for us, we are inwardly divided and can never know peace. However, if we find God first in all things and direct our tendencies in one direction we are no longer denying that higher nature and this will lead us to that peace that was meant for us.

Vocab lesson:

Mon- mind- centered in the top of the head

Buddhi- intellect, centered between the eyebrows

Ahankara- ego, centered in the medulla oblongata

Chitta- feeling, centered in the heart

Take away:

Every desire must be neutralized. Yoga is the neutralization of every little vortices.

Yogananda says ” Desires, forever gratified, never satisfied”

Have a beautiful week,



The Mat S6 E2: An in depth study on Patanjali The Yoga Sutras


Dear Friends,

Join us as we study to better understand mercy and compassion by learning from different perspectives alongside studying Patanjali’s teachings on The Yoga Sutras.

Understanding Mercy and Compassion: An in-depth study on Patanjali The Yoga Sutras will enlighten us as to how to live our best lives now.

Wishing you health and love always,



The Mat by JYL S6 E1 Ayurveda principles


The Mat by Kat of JYL

Season: 6 Episode: 1   Ayurveda principles

Hello Friends,

We find ourselves in mid-January 2017. Ahh, take a slow, deep breath winter is here. While some of us have already fought off the nasty flu and stomach virus that is circling our great world, others are just catching it now. That is one reason that it is so important to be practicing yoga year round.

Each season will either lift you up or encumber your sense of well-being. That might explain while some people worship sunshine, open water and wait patiently for each summer such as I do (even though I live in Florida we have mini-seasons) other people do not look forward to the summer and all of its heat. Other people loathe the thought of the winter with it’s chill, gloom and for many bone-chilling cold and damp weather. The Ayurveda principles will help you through each season.

Winter –a Kapha season one of the three doshas. Kapha is held by the earth and water elements and is characters are heaviness, slowness, coldness, dryness. So if you find yourself living in a cold climate you tend to feel more isolated during winter months. Vata which is held by air and helps us with movement and communication will be a part of your cold winter.

You want to focus on eating warm, cooked and slightly oily well-spiced foods during these months. You want to drink room temperature or hot beverages and avoid iced and chilled drinks to increase your heat and circulation and opening up to cleaner and clear respiratory passages. This will also encourage your digestive track. Winter is a great time to treat yourself to a few ounces of dry red wine before or after dinner. If you have warm milk with a pinch of turmeric or dried ginger and nutmeg before bed you will encourage Mr.Sandman. You just want to avoid cold damp foods and really sweet foods and frozen foods.

Winter is also a great time to do a single day of fasting with either water or a juice you can tolerate as a cleanse.

If you find yourself feeling gloomy or depressed during the Kapha season you should spend some time in seated meditation working on your breath work and reading affirmations. Everything has a balance you just need to find your path.