Frequently Asked Questions...
How long will it take to complete this course?
We recommend watching between two to three videos per week to allow time for integration — at that rhythm, it will take around a year to complete the entire course.
Do I have time for this?
If you have between 20 and 30 minutes per week to watch a couple of videos, then yes. The study guides act as your notes, so you can simply watch and absorb. Optionally, you can take another hour per week to do the practices and engage the contemplation questions given in the study guides.
If you prefer audio to video, you can download the mp3s of the videos and listen to them while walking or driving. There will also be a few guided meditation mp3s that will not appear as videos.
This is why we chose this format — with each teaching given in a bite-sized chunk (between 4 and 14 minutes) you are much more likely to keep going through the course to get to the deeper nuggets of wisdom at the end.
Which other courses on the sutras will you be releasing next?
The Recognition Sutras is available now! We plan to roll out the following texts over time: the Shiva-sutra, Lotus Sutra, Heart Sutra, Mama Sutras, and more!
How do I access it and what do I need?
You need internet access and can access the course via an app on your mobile device or via your laptop or desktop computer. Videos will be streamed but audios and study guides are downloadable.
What makes this different from the other course on the Yoga Sutras out there?
This is the only YS course presented by a native English speaker fluent in Sanskrit, and the only course that devotes one video to each sutra, explaining not only the translation of that sutra but also how it relates to the overall project of the text.
- It is the only course that draws on the traditional Sanskrit commentaries, especially the commentary now thought to be written by Patañjali himself (previously attributed to Vyāsa).
- It is the only course to provide crystal clear and actionable guidance on how to do all the practices taught in the YS.
Why did you choose to do a course on the Yoga Sutras when there are already so many courses on this text? Why not choose a lesser known one?
Hareesh decided that none of the existing translations are satisfactory or wholly adequate for the practitioner community, and spoke to other Sanskrit scholars who thought the same. We decided that beginning The Sutra Project with the best-known sutra text would provide a strong foundation for future courses on lesser known sutra texts, like the Shiva Sutra and Pashupata Sutra.
Do you offer any kind of a guarantee?
We are so sure that you will find this the clearest explanation of the sutras you’ve ever heard, we offer a money-back guarantee if you complete the whole course and don’t believe it was well worth the investment. (Note: Hareesh says that though there are a couple of translations that are as clear as his — such as those of Barbara Stoler Miller and Chip Hartranft — he is providing much more thorough explanations than those books do.) Since so much work has gone into this program, we do not offer refunds unless you have completed the course and have not gained benefit from the teachings. If this is the case, please do contact us directly by filling out the form below.
Is there guidance on how I can integrate these teachings into my practice, teaching and/or life?
Yes. The Study Guides present exercises and contemplation questions, and there will occasionally be mp3 audio files of guided meditations, for example for Sutra 17, on the four stages of samaadhi.
Is this a new translation?
Yes. Hareesh is creating a fresh and accessible translation for the 21st century, one rigorously faithful to the original Sanskrit yet highly readable.
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