This site is dedicated to the exploration of the Yoga Sutras and has been created by Philippe Alexis.
Philippe began postural yoga (Ashtanga) and meditation (Zen) in 1995. Having a degree in philosophy, he was quickly drawn to the theoretical aspects of these practices. He began studying Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras in 2005, and from 2013, in conjunction with Sanskrit teacher Narayanan Ramasany (see bio below), he taught sutra courses to his local community in Mountain View, California. In 2020 he started studying under Dr. Shyam Ranganathan (Professor of Philosophy, York University, Toronto) and, in 2021, obtained the Level I Certificate to teach yoga philosophy. He is currently working on Level II.
The Sanskrit content on this site has been contributed by Ram, a Sanskrit and Vedanta scholar. Here is his bio:
Narayanan Ramasamy, familiarly known as Ram, was born in India. From his father, an orthodox Brahmin, Ram learned Vedic chanting, Sanskrit, and daily Vedic rituals, including suryanamaskara, pranayama, and mantra initiation. Since his teens, he has had a deep interest in Indian spiritual practices and studies.
He renewed a deeper pursuit of spirituality in 1972, when he met Swami Chinmayananda in New York City. Ram left his research position to study at Chinmayananda’s gurukula in Mumbai, where he taught Sanskrit while studying Vedanta, Sanskrit, and meditation. He returned to the United States and joined the gurukula of his Vedanta teacher, Swami Dayananda. There he designed and taught a Sanskrit curriculum that enabled students to study texts in Sanskrit on their own. At the end of this course, he married and settled in Palo Alto, where he worked in the field of implantable medical devices until retirement. He has been teaching Vedanta and Sanskrit in Palo Alto since 1984.