The Path of the Yoga Sutras

The Path of the Yoga Sutras: A Practical Guide to the Core of Yoga

viamaria Books CDs Posters

by Nicolai Bachman, published by Sounds True 2011
Easy to read 250 pg Paperback

The Path of the Yoga Sutras

Front Cover

How can we apply the principles of yoga to our everyday life?

It doesn’t take long for those new to yoga to experience how impactful this practice can be in every area of their lives. To help us explore and embody the full potential of yoga, The Path of the Yoga Sutras is an indispensible guide for applying the wisdom of Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras to our modern lives. Suitable for practitioners of any level and with valuable insights for any spiritual seeker, this book covers a variety of transformative topics that are the foundation of yogic philosophy including how to open our heart and mind, become more compassionate, live with integrity, and more.

Rather than studying the Yoga Sutras line by line, 51 powerful concepts have been selected to help us more easily understand the core principles and potential of yoga. Based on years of experience practicing and teaching yoga, Nicolai shares clear and insightful commentary to expand our perspective on each concept. With reflective questions and suggested “karma actions” to be taken, he then offers practical ways to help refine our behaviors and beliefs in each and every area in our life.

The Path of the Yoga Sutras is an inspiring and practical guide for exploring yoga’s life-enriching treasures.



New York Journal of Books
Spirituality & Practice


“Nicolai Bachman’s The Path of the Yoga Sutras skillfully presents key philosophical concepts of Classical Yoga in a very accessible and practical light for all yoga students. This book can especially help any beginning yoga student find fresh insight into the central teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, which is an impressive endeavor.”
– John Friend, Founder of Anusara Yoga

“Nicolai Bachman has created an intimate, timeless way to integrate the essential teachings of the Yoga Sutras into the fabric of everyday life. He illumines 51 key concepts of the Yoga Sutras with depth and digestible wisdom—a gift for every phase and level of the journey.”
– Shiva Rea, yogini

“Deep study of the Yoga Sutras have allowed Nicolai Bachman to shed light on this ancient text in a practical way by brilliantly highlighting just a few of the key concepts, thus allowing Patañjali’s original intention to shine through into the 21st century. This self-help guidebook provides the means to live a happy and successful life in the here and now.”
– Sharon Gannon, founder of Jivamukti Yoga

“The sage Patanjali compiled and then distilled the essence of the wisdom available in the spiritual community of his time to produce the Yoga Sutras. In the same way Nicolai Bachman has compiled and distilled the essence of the Yoga Sutras, in 51 “key principles”—from atha to kaivalya, Patanjali’s Alpha and Omega—to produce The Path of the Yoga Sutras. But Nicolai’s book is not only a first-rate study guide; with its penetrating “Thoughts” and practical “Exercises” sections at the end of every chapter, he brings the ancient and often arcane classical teaching into the twenty-first century as an accessible and down-to-earth guide to everyday life.”
– Richard Rosen, Yoga Journal