#1 Was Patanjali the founding father of yoga?
No. The people of the Indus Valley Civilisation were the founding fathers.
Yes. He created the practice from his own experience.
No. He drew on, and systematised material that was already there in the tradition.
Maybe. It’s too difficult to draw any conclusions.
#2 How many chapters are in the yoga sutra?
#3 What is the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali mainly about?
#4 What does verse 1.2 of the Yoga Sutra ‘yogas cittra vritti nirodha’ mean?
Yoga is the stilling of the movements of the mind.
The mind is the stilling of yoga.
Yoga is the movement of the still mind.
Yoga is still the movement of the mind.
#5 According to Patanjali, what are the two essential prerequisites to yoga practice?
A deerskin and a waterpot.
Japa and puja – recitation of sacred sound and worship of the deity.
Abhyasa and Vairagya – regular practice and withdrawal from the world.
Agility and fitness.
#6 Which of the following is NOT one of the five kleshas (afflictions) listed in the second chapter of the Yoga Sutra?
Lobha – greed
Dvesha – aversion
Raga – hankering
Asmita – egotism
Avidya – ignorance
Abhiniveshah – fear of death
#7 Which of the following is NOT one of the three pramanas or valid means of attaining knowledge ?
Pratyaksa – perception
Shabda – verbal from a trustworthy person
Dhyana – concentration
Anumana – inference
#8 What is the correct sequence of the eight limbs of yoga?
niyama – yama – pranayama – pratyahara – dharana – dhyana – samadhi
asana – yama – niyama – pranayama – pratyahara – dharana – dhyana – samadhi
yama – niyama – asana – pranayama –pratyahara – dharana – dhyana – samadhi
yama – niyama – asana – pranayama – pratyahara – dhyana – dharana – samadhi
#9 What are the five yamas or principles of restraint?
Seeing no evil, hearing no evil, speaking no evil, feeling no evil, smelling no evil.
Not harming, truthfulness, not stealing, celibacy, non-possessiveness.
Not working, not socialising, not exercising, not talking, not eating fruit.
Purity, contentment, austerity, recitation of the Veda, worship of the Lord.
#10 Which of the below is NOT included in the usual list of eight siddhis or mystical perfections of advanced yogi practitioners?
The ability to perceive the self in its true spiritual identity.
The ability to acquire things from distant places.
The ability to become heavy and immovable.
The ability to bring others under one’s control.
The ability to become light and float through the air.
The ability to become minutely small.
The ability to achieve mastery over the world.
The ability to become large in size.
#11 What does kaivalya mean?
#12 What are samskaras in the Yoga Sutra?
Mystical powers acquired with advanced yoga practice.
A sequence of advanced yoga exercises.
Endless cycles of birth, death, and rebirth.
Latent impressions left on the mind as a result of experience or action performed.
A type of Indian sweet.
#13 What is viveka-jnana?
Special, or unique quality.
Another term for samskara.
The metaphorical noose that binds the self to false identity.
Most excellent one, an epithet for brahman.
The discriminative insight that grants knowledge of the true self.
#14 At what point in the practice of yoga do the results of karma or action cease?
#15 Which of the following is NOT experienced in the state of kaivalya?
The mind is stilled.
Absolute oneness with brahman is achieved.
Material desires cease.
Samskaras are eroded.
The movement of the gunas ceases.
Inward perception of the purusha is achieved.