What is YOGA? (And why as a yoga teacher, I still don't call myself a Yogi...)

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

"Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha" - Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Chapter 1, statement 2. (1.2)

Most of what we now know in modern day Yoga practice has come from the Sutra's written by Patanjali. No one really knows a true answer to how long Yoga has been around or where Yoga has come from. The Sutra's are a compilation of teachings from different Sage's and Gurus. The practice has evolved a lot throughout the years with many new 'styles' developed. There is no concrete evidence for when Patanjali's Sutra's were written but there are links of it dating back to 2nd Century BCE (that's between 1,700 t0 2,200 years ago...)

So what does it mean?

Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha - direct translation from each of those Sanskirt words is: