Episode: 80

The Similarities and Differences Between the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita

Most yoga teachers learn about the Bhagavad Gita & and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali in isolation. They’re often discussed as two different texts that have nothing to do with each other. But in fact, the two texts are deeply relevant to the life & journey of a yoga student. But it’s confusing where to start & how to approach these texts.

Vikram Jeet Singh joins us once again to help us understand the similarities and differences between the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras. Depending on where you want to be in your yoga journey, Vikram’s explanation of these two texts may help you decide which one to study first. In this episode, he elaborates on the purpose of each text and the proper way to approach it. He also clarifies the connection between the two and their significance to the modern yoga world. Know more about the philosophy of yoga as you listen to today’s episode.

Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras Episode Highlights

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: For whom was it written?
  • Should modern-day yoga practitioners consider the yoga sutras as the first text to study? 
  • How to approach the study of yoga sutras
  • Selecting the right commentary or author of the text
  • Which text is older: The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali or The Bhagavad Gita? Is it significant to know which one is older?
  • Vikram explains the Mahabharata
  • How to approach the study of The Bhagavad Gita
  • Is The Bhagavad Gita a religious text?
  • How to navigate The Bhagavad Gita as a religious text 
  • Who “wrote” The Bhagavad Gita?
  • For whom was the Gita written?
  • How are these texts relevant in a yoga world that is dominated by asana?
  • What is Swadhyaya?
  • How The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali and The Bhagavad Gita are connected
  • What is Samkhya?
  • Difference between The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali and The Bhagavad Gita
  • Which text to study if you want to learn more about yoga philosophy
  • Ways to practice learnings from the texts
  • Is it possible to incorporate these teachings in an asana class?

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Vikram Jeet Singh

Vikram took his first asana class at Modo Yoga in the fall of 2006 and right away fell in love with the practice. After regularly practicing for about a year and a half, he finished the 500 hour Modo Teacher Training in Kerala, India in March 2008. After teaching part-time for a few months, Vikram decided to switch careers and ultimately left his HR job to pursue a full-time teaching career. Vikram has taught at various Modo locations in the GTA since November 2008. Over the course of the years, he has accumulated over 11,000+ hours of teaching experience.


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