Yoga Sutras Trans

Excellent Sanskrit translations of the Yoga Sutras

This is a list of translations/interpretations that I consulted heavily while developing my book entitled The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy. (Sounds True, March 2010)

Bouanchaud, Bernard. The Essence of Yoga; Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali. Portland, Oregon: Rudra Press, 1997. (RT, ET, DEF). Refined and practical interpretation. One sutra per page with reflections to contemplate on each sutra. Full index of terms in the back.
Desikachar, T.K.V. The Heart of Yoga. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions International, 1995. (SS, RT, ET). Loose yet practical interpretation with brief commentary. Book includes much more than the sutras.
Hariharananda Aranya, Swami. Yoga Philosophy of Patañjali. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1983. (SS, ET, VV, COM). The most comprehensive, with long commentaries on the sutra and on Vyas's commentary. A very traditional interpretation.
Hartranft, Chip. The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali. Boston, Massachusetts: Shambhala Publications, Inc., 2003. (ET, COM). Smooth and clear explanation in English, with a slightly Buddhist leaning.
Houston, Vyaas. The Yoga Sutra Workbook: The Certainty of Freedom. Warwick, New York: American Sanskrit Institute, 1995. (SS, RT, ET, DEF, GR). Translation is literal with no commentary. One sutra per letter-size page with plenty of room for notes. Spiral-bound.
Iyengar, B.K.S. Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali. San Francisco, California: Aquarian/Thorsons (Harper Collins), 1993. (SS, RT, ET, DEF, COM). Excellent reference, includes many tables, great indices in the back. A very traditional interpretation.
SS = Sanskrit Script
RT = Romanized Transliteration
ET = English Translation
VV = Veda Vyaas's commentary on the Yoga Sutras
DEF = Definitions of each individual word
GR = Grammatical endings shown


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