Yogasutras Online: In-Depth and Accessible

By Svastha Team

Penned centuries ago, and considered by Krishnamacharya as the most important text on yoga, the wisdom contained in the Yogasutras of Patanjali is as relevant to all people today as it was in the past.

In a new online study platform,, A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan wish to share the profound wisdom of the Yogasutras with not only scholars and serious students of yoga but to all people seeking transformation and meaning in their lives.

A.G. Mohan began his journey in yoga, with T. Krishnamacharya, 45 years ago in 1971. Over the course of almost two decades, he studied the Yogasutras several times with him. Considering it to be the most important, Krishnamacharya would usually explain the sutras using the commentary of Vyasa, and discuss how the sutras are based on Samkhya and the differences between yoga and other ancient philosophies.

The situation in which Mohan studied at that time was very different. Less distractions, a slower pace of life. Times have changed now.

Understanding the Yogasutras is not easy. It requires extensive studies of related subjects. Mohan’s studies in this area, have been on going throughout his life, both as a student of Krishnamacharya’s and even longer since the master’s demise. He has read all the major commentaries, pondered the connections and practical implications of the sutras, studied their connections with Buddhism, non-dualism, and related philosophies and applied that which he has been able to, in his own yoga practice and daily life.

For some time, the Mohans have been working on presenting the Yogasutras in an online format in order to reach a modern audience. In 2011, they launched a series of online videos, detailing Chapters 1 and 2, covering each sutra with Vyasa’s commentary. They have now taken the next step with, making this information accessible to a wider audience. The Yogasutras are presented in short, easy to absorb videos, accompanied by notes highlighting key points. (The original, in-depth videos are also available as a resource.)

The program at is an ongoing program. Two new videos will be released each week and in addition, each month, the Mohans will answer questions from participants, offer reflections on key yoga concepts, and discuss the connections between some of the key sutras.

Rather than being a static subject of reading, the Yogasutras should be alive, applied, and ongoing. It is a deep and valuable resource for reflection and understanding as we go through life. The Mohans wish is to assist in nurturing this process through

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