Entries by Kate Holcombe

Sutra I.2. Clearing the Fog

We’re now on the second sūtra of the first chapter: sūtra I.2, which defines yoga as the practice of focusing the mind and, specifically, the different functions of the mind, in a direction you consciously choose. We’ll talk more about the functions of the mind a few sūtras down the road but, for today, we’re […]

Sūtra I.1 – Start Where You Are

The goal of yoga philosophy is to feel empowered to consciously choose your response and therefore influence your experience, no matter what your circumstances are. Viktor Frankl said that everything can be taken from us except the freedom to choose our attitude. We are always in choice. When we can consciously choose our response (instead of unconsciously reacting in a way that potentially causes more suffering), we feel better.

Yogasūtras helped Kate get sober in 1992. If she’d been told that she had to be different, or even sober, to begin, she wouldn’t be here today. This is the beginning of a journey of self-discovery and ultimately living your best life. You start right where you are.

Finding Support in Yogasūtras: Introduction

Kate Holcombe credits the Yogasūtra of Patanjali with saving her life more than once. It helped her recover from an accident that led her to study the Yogasūtra in the first place AND helped her through countless challenges, including getting sober, overcoming childhood trauma and abuse, pregnancy and adoption losses, parenting four amazing children, and being her lifeline through an aggressive cancer diagnosis. Because of how much the Yogasūtra has helped Kate, she’s hopeful that it can help you.