Yoga Journal

Embodying the sutra

“By samyama [simultaneous concentration, meditation, and realization] on the navel, the yogi acquires perfect knowledge of the disposition of the human body.”
YOGA SUTRA 3.30,* TRANSLATED BY B.K.S. IYENGAR

thirty years ago, (the chapter on manifestation) stirred my interest with its reference to which can be loosely translated as “integration.” Patanjali writes that samyama is the simultaneous expression of the (concentration), (meditation), and (realization)—it’s a total absorption into the object of meditation in order to experience profound shifts in awareness.

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