OK, so not many of us yoginis and yogis would confuse patchouli and Patanjali, but just as patchouli can solve a myriad of physical ailments – it’s said to be an all-purpose insect repellant, treats venomous snakebites, headaches, colds, nausea, and many other things – Patanjali is said to be the essential oil for all of us seeking spiritual enlightenment. Patanjali was a famous Indian sage who penned “The Yoga Sutras” sometime between the first and the third centuries CE. In this work he uses concise statements to detail the practical and philosophical foundations of Raja Yoga. His text clearly marks out what is still seen to be an accurate description of the path to follow to achieve self-realization or enlightenment. There are various translations of “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” available in print. I particularly like the edition by Mukunda Stiles called Yoga Sutras of Patanjali : with great respect and love.