A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras

Featuring additional commentary and practices from padas three and four of the Yoga Sutras

Yoga is best known for its power to create a healthy body, but the emotional and spiritual benefits of the practice are even greater. In The Secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi offers a simple, elegant, and deeply personal interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras—the principles at the basis of Yoga practice. Hers is a heart-centered, intuitive, feminine perspective, and the first translation intended for women. Her interpretation beautifully captures the spirit of each sutra, and her suggested practices offer numerous ways to embrace the spirituality of Yoga throughout your day.

The original edition summarized the final two padas with the intention of encouraging curiosity about further practice without overwhelming the reader. But today, there is more focus on the importance of understanding the foundation of yoga than ever. With so many making a commitment to the practice of Yoga to further their own spiritual growth and development, Nischala Devi believes now is the time to give more, and has provided additional commentary and practices, making The Secret Power of Yoga a complete scripture.

Praise for The Secret Power of Yoga

“Weaving together her deep knowledge of the Yoga Sutras with her
many years of teaching and studying, Nischala Devi has created a very
readable and insightful book. Her words ring with the authenticity of a
committed practitioner, and the exercises she offers the reader can be
truly life-changing. But I must admit, I loved her funny and inspiring
stories the best! “Truly life-changing. A book to be read [listen to] again and again.”
—Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T., yoga teacher since 1971 and
author of six books, including A Year of Living Your Yoga

“This book has the feel of divinely guided inspiration. A loving call to
every woman who walks the sacred journey. Nischala Joy Devi breaths
new life, enthusiasm, creativity, and insights into the endless secret
powers of yoga.”
—Lilias Folan, PBS host and author of Lilias! Yoga Gets Better with Age

“You hold within your hands a treasure box filled with priceless gems,
collected by a most wise, gentle, and generous woman. This book
promises to guide us, joyfully, to divine realization.”
—Sharon Gannon, co-creator of the Jivamukti Yoga method

“Devi boldly reinterprets the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali from a personal
acknowledgment of feminine intuition. Many women will find it refreshingly
accessible and uniquely relevant to their spiritual quest on
the Yogic path. Nischala brings a delightful emphasis on the celebratory
Divine, inviting readers to allow this liberating text and the visualizations
she’s added, to illumine our own sacred journey to the heart.”
—Sarah Powers, international Yoga and mindfulness teacher

“A wise woman’s guide to a life of peace and harmony. Full of heart and
with a beautiful earthy wisdom, Nischala Joy Devi has crafted a whole
new and feminine dimension to these ancient writings, bringing the
age-old teachings of yoga right into our everyday actions and reactions.”
—Angela Farmer

“This book is revolutionary! With great skill, Nischala Devi guides us
on a journey through the Yoga Sutras; not through a dry, intellectual
dissection of words, but by bringing us out of our heads and into our
hearts, where the intuitive insights of these teachings reside. An
inspiring guide that will nourish your practice and your life.”
—Janice Gates, author of Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga