Namaste Mr. P | My Letter to Patanjali
I know you're thousands of years older than I, so I'm certain you have much more wisdom. But I'm confused about some things you've written. Because you are a yoga-head, I figure it will be okay for me to write this letter openly, and to share it with the LCY yoga community.
You see, for the last couple of months I've been working hard at trying to translate your aphorisms and share them with our readers. Yes, I've had a lot of help from great modern yogis such as Kofi Busia, B.K.S. Iyengar, Judith Lasater, Christopher Isherwood and Satchidananda, all whom have offered translations and commentary and in large part, helped me to make some sense out of your ancient teachings.
Still and yet, I don't always get it. It's difficult applying some of these principles. And honestly, some of your pearls of wisdom appear to be incomprehensible to my 21st century mind. Perhaps the disconnect lies in the fact that your teachings were transmitted orally. I question whether or not the integrity of your sapience has been compromised. Am I to believe that your original teachings, interpreted or re-interpretated by many over thousands of years, are in fact, still in tact? I can hear one of my yoga teachers saying to me right now, "You're thinking too much, Leeann. Try not to have the answers to everything. Just try to conceptualize the message." Her advice worked while I was learning Handstand, but when it comes to following principles in order to be free, shouldn't I know exactly what you intended to convey? After all, this is my life we're talking about here. I have given up a lot things for this yogi lifestyle. Okay, not that many things, but still, I did give up some things.
About the Author: Leann Carey
Yoga found Leeann in the late 1970â€²s, and hasn't left her since. Leeann shares the knowledge she has gained from all of her teachers today, both personally and through the Leeann Carey Yoga (LCY) workshops, retreats and teacher training programs which she developed, and are also taught by LCY mentors across the United States. Her style of teaching is direct, with a focus on the therapeutic elements of personalizing the practice to meet individual needs. She is affectionately referred to by many as "the teacher's teacher."