yoga sutras of patanjali is a quintessential text outlining and flushing out the details of what yoga is and how it works. it's said to be a consolidated, concise, and poetic compilation of ideas pulled from different sources and merged together. comprised of 196 aphorisms (sutras), the book weaves (sutra means stitch) from one line to the next with each sutra building upon the last one and all of those previous to it. each individual sutra is packed with rich insight, one bead on a necklace strung alongside the rest. when lined next to another, relationship begins, and as more are added on, relationship deepens and expands.
like this when we take practice, each day (like a sutra) presents an opportunity for rich insight into the self. and when we show up every day (like the sutras) we begin to stitch together the experiences of our daily lives. one day of practice rolls into the next, and into the next, and before you know it there's consistency…before long our relationship with ourselves is deeper and more expansive. if you were to read one line of a book one day and then the next line four days later, how could you ever expect to get into the rhythm of that book?
yoga sutras of patanjali, from chapter 1, sutra 14
sa tu dīrghakāla nairantarya satkāra āsevito drdhabhūmih:
practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness. - from translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda