We covered a lot of philosophy this past week in my 200hr Shiva Yoga RYT Teacher Training Program. We looked specifically this week at Samkhya philosophy and Samkhya’s major contributions — the theory of the 3 gunas and the theory of the 25 principles. In order to understand the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the journey inward to experience the pure Consciousness part of yourself it is essential that you understand Samkhya philosophy. There are many passing references to Samkhya in the Yoga Sutras. Without understanding Samkhya philosophy it is easy to get lost when studying Classical Yoga philosophy and the Yoga Sutras. Samkhya philosophy is sometimes called the foundation of Classical Yoga philosophy. Some scholars even refer to yoga as the practice of Samkhya philosophy.