Here are seven ways to explain this sūtra from seven different, respected, and renowned authorities known for their work with Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras.
T.K.V. Desikachar: Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively toward an object and sustain that direction without any distraction.
B.K.S. Iyengar: Yoga is the cessation of movements in the consciousness.
Sri Swami Satchidananda: The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga.
Chip Hartranft: Yoga is to still the patterning of consciousness.
Gregor Maehle: Yoga is the suspension of the fluctuations of the mind.
Swāmi Hariharānanda Āranya: Yoga is the suppression of the modifications of the mind.
I.K. Taimni: Yoga is the inhibition of the modifications of the mind.
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