Yoga Sutra of Patanjali by TKV Desikachar

This App presents a lucid translation of the Yoga Sutra and an accompanying commentary by world renowned yoga master, TKV Desikachar and Chanting by Mekhala Desikachar

Each Sutra is presented in the original Sanskrit script along with the English transliteration following the Roman Transliteration system. An unique value add of this App is the clear audio presentation of each sutra, following the system of chant notations developed and popularized by TKV Desikachar, rendered by his daughter and student, Mekhala Desikachar.

Each sutra is chanted in the classical and simplified modes. The classical mode presents the sutra exactly as it is in the text. The simplified mode breaks up the words that comprise a sutra in a manner that makes it easy for the beginner to listen and learn to chant the sutra-s. Also available is the option of listening to both the classical and simple renditions of the sutra-s in the repeat mode to enable listening and repetition by the user.

Those who wish to only listen to the chanting of the sutra-s may do so in any of the following four modes by going directly to the audio center.

Classical (repeat mode) - Helpful to learn to chant
Simplified (repeat mode) - Helpful to learn to chant

There is also the option of using the text-and-audio mode in which it is possible to navigate easily from sutra to sutra across chapters while also listening to the audio rendition of each sutra in classical and simplified modes.

The Yoga Sutra is considered one of the most authoritative classical texts on yoga, authored by the Sage Patanjali. Although popularly known as a philosophical text, Patanjali's work is fundamentally a very practical guide to the purpose, meaning and objective of our lives as human beings.

Patanjali presents the mind as both the source of and the solution to all our difficulties and shows us the means by which we can rise above our baser instincts and progressively refine the mind so that it achieves and sustains its highest possible potential.

This App brings together the written and audio mediums in a synergistic manner thus making it convenient for all those who are interested in understanding the nuances of the Yoga Sutra, to simultaneously have access to the original text, its transliteration, translation into English and commentary by an acclaimed expert on yoga, along with classical and simplified audio renditions.

What’s New

Version 1.1.5

iOS 10 bug issues fixed

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

DetroitYogi ,

As seen in "Heart of Yoga"

This translation is the same translation found in Desikachar's book "Heart of Yoga". The English translation as well as the commentary is the same, with the added bonus of being able to hear the Sanskrit chanted by Desikachar's daughter. If you like the book, you will love the portable app!

Miss Echo ,

Very Helpful App

I find this to be very useful. A suggestion for updating: make it so that the bookmarked sutras can play one after the other, sequentially. In my current version there is just a "play all" function.
In any regard I am enjoying it!

bromocat ,

Needs Update

Adding to my review, the text in my version is now garbled- all the letter with Sanskrit diacritics are now all capitals. Difficult to read unless you know what the word is already. Still excellent chanting by Mekhala Desikachar. Good to have both classical and simplified. A few changes would make it a more effective tool. Currently you cannot pause and go back part way to hear a certain section - important if there is one section of a sutra that's tough for you and needs repetition. Also the longer I use the app the more pauses and skips there are-this can throw you off if you're just learning. Overall accuracy check of the app needed by developers- for example, I've found when you try to replay 1.26 simplified the app plays beginning chap 2.


Swathi Soft Solutions
101.3 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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