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April 6, 2020

2.3 & 2.4 The five afflictions and their states

Yoga Sutras 2.3 and 2.4 The five afflictions and their states Not knowing who we are is the main obstacle Not knowing who you are (avidya), misidentification (asmita), likes (raga), dislikes (dvesha) and fear of daying (abinivesha). Is your identity at your service or are you at the service of your identity? How much energy do you invest in pursuing what you desire and rejecting what you dislike? Is it possible to make peace with the undeniable fact that one day you will die?
March 29, 2020

2.2 Less afflictions and Greater integration

Yoga Sutra 2.2 Less afflictions and Greater integration Yogic actions result in dynamic harmony What afflictions take you away from your natural harmony and balance? Is it true that acting with enthusiasm, intelligence and humility helps you remove the tensions that disrupt the integrated harmony between body, mind and emotion? Are you aware of the significant difference between uncovering existing afflictions and creating new ones?
March 22, 2020

2.1 Yogic action: Enthusiasm, intelligence and humility

Yoga Sutra 2.1 Yogic action Act with enthusiasm, intelligence and humility To engage in any worthwhile action, you need enthusiasm. Tapas, enthusiasm can best be synthesized as: Do the best that you can. Svadhyaya is embodied intelligence that can be applied by ensuring that you know why you are doing what you are doing, and by confirming that you are in fact doing what you think you are doing. Ishvara pranidhana can be summed up as sincere intention coupled with wholehearted action.
March 13, 2020

Review of Yoga Sutra chapter 1: Integration

Yoga Sutra Summary Chapter 1 Integration An exploration of the state of being This first chapter consists of six interconnected topics: what is yoga? [1.1-1.4], ways of being [1.5-1.11], a method for self-regulation [1.12-1.22], an alternative approach, humility [1.23-1.29], distractions, their symptoms and removal [1.30-1.39], the progression of insight into liberation [1.40 - 1.51]
November 26, 2019

Integration: Yoga Sutra Chapter One

An effective way to make sense of the Yoga Sutras is by reflecting on their meaning and then trying to use them as guidelines for living. […]
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 14, 2019

1.24 Unaffected by afflictions, actions or effects

Yoga Sutra 1.24: Unaffected by afflictions, actions or effects Is there anything not influenced by obstacles, actions or their effects? Notice if you are affected by pain, action, consequences and their impressions. Is it possible for you to deactivate the buttons that trigger your pain and reactivity? Can you be open to the possibility that there may be something, some aspect of existence, that remains free of influence from these factors?
July 13, 2019

1.14 Firmly rooted practice

Yoga Sutra 1.14: Firmly rooted practice Making your yoga practice consistent Is your practice without interruptions? Are you doing your best effort? Do your actions reflect your intention? Are you acting with joyful curiosity or with ambition? What are the qualities of your actions? Are your actions validated by true knowledge? Since it is probable you will get distracted, for an instant, a few minutes, hours, days, months or years; remember to keep returning to your intention without strain, struggle or self-judgment and with a gentle smile.
September 16, 2007

What is Yoga?

What is Yoga? Yoga definition from the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali Refining the definition of yoga in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra: Yoga is regulating your ways of being.