Articles on the sutras of chapter one, Integration (samadhi), of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.

November 16, 2019

1.34 By exhalations and breath retentions

Yoga Sutra 1.34 Focus on exhalations and breath retentions Your breath as a focal point Tuning into your breathing patterns as a direct portal to presence. Invite your attention inwardly and establish an intimate connection with your respiratory processes. Are there differences between the qualities of your breath when you regulate it and when your body breathes naturally? What happens at the intersections between each in-breath and out-breath?
November 8, 2019

1.33 Friendliness, Compassion, Inspiration & Equanimity

Yoga Sutra 1.33 Friendliness, Compassion, Inspiration & Equanimity How do you counteract your biases and prejudices? Harmonizing single pointed focus with attitudes of moderation. What do you feel for people who are happy? How do you feel about people who are suffering? How do you respond when you notice someone being virtuous? What do you do in the face of reproachable actions? How do your opinions influence your body and emotions?
November 1, 2019

1.32 Single pointed focus

Yoga Sutra 1.32 Single pointed focus What is important enough to deserve your undivided attention? What do you invest your energy, time and resources in? Do you suspect that that other times and places are more important than the place you are in right now? What is the source of your distractions? What is really lasting?
October 27, 2019

1.31 Symptoms of distractions and obstacles

Yoga Sutra 1.31: Symptoms of distractions and obstacles Distress, despair, suffering, trembling, abruptness breathing. Are you content? Symptoms of distractions manifest physically, mentally and emotionally. They are feedback to your previous actions and may suggest changes to enhance the quality of your participation in your life. Is there physical, mental or emotional dis-ease? Is your breath steady and continuous, or labored?
October 18, 2019

1.30 Distractions and Obstacles

Yoga Sutra 1.30 Distractions and Obstacles What obstacles and distractions are keeping you from progressing toward greater integration? The obstacles and distractions include: disease (vyadi), dullness (styana), doubt (samshaya), carelessness (pramada), laziness (alasya), indulgence (avirati), confused perception (bhranti darshana), inability to be grounded (alabdha bhumikatva) and inconsistency (anavasthitatvani)
October 11, 2019

1.29 Awareness turns inward

Yoga Sutra 1.29: Awareness turns inward and disturbances are removed Does chanting OM turn awareness inward and remove obstacles? Verify if the practice of chanting OM and meditation on its meaning is working. Notice if there is more or less reactivity in you. Are you more distracted or less?
October 4, 2019

1.27 & 1.28 Supreme Being, OM, Chanting and Meditation

Yoga Sutras 1.27 & 1.28 Supreme Being, OM, Chanting and meditation The ॐ symbol and practice to reflect on Supreme Being Practice for embodying the path of ishvara pranidhana, the wholehearted cultivation of humility by repeating the syllable OM and contemplating its deep meaning. The repetition is a reminder of your interest, motivation and awareness. Feel the sensations before, during and after each chant. As you chant open yourself up to the mind transcending meaning of Supreme Being.
September 27, 2019

1.26 Unconditioned by time and unequaled teacher

Yoga Sutra 1.26 Unconditioned by time and unequaled teacher Are you making yourself available to life? Does your yoga practice transport you into the eternal present moment? Have you found ways to enter the timelessness dimension of life? Are you tuned into your own learning process? Do you know how you learn best? If you keep running against the same obstacles again and again, are you making conscious choices or are your likes and dislikes choosing for you?
September 20, 2019

1.25 Unsurpassed seed of omniscience

Yoga Sutra 1.25: Unsurpassed seed of omniscience Is all-encompassing, pervasive awareness possible? If you ever get subtle helpful hints that provide insight or clarity, where do these hints come from? How do you actually perceive them? How do you distinguish between an idea and true insight?