Archive | March, 2015

Removing Obstacles

In the yoga sutras of Patanjali he states that adherence to single-minded effort prevents the obstacles (Sutra I.32) to practicing. In short… The obstacles to practicing are removed by repeated efforts to try to practice. This is probably not the answer that the struggling practitioner wants to hear. And unfortunately, the practitioner who has truly […]

Expect some obstacles

When an aspirant enters upon the spiritual life, he naturally does so with great enthusiasm. The first steps he takes are almost always accompanied by feelings of peach and delight. Everything seems so easy, so inspiring. It is therefore very important that he should realize, right form the start, that this mood will not continue, […]

Obstacles to practice

All practitioners, either seasoned or just starting out, are well aware of the many things that get in the way of a regular and consistent practice. Patanjali outlines 9 obstacles to practicing. They are: Vyadhi: disease styana: lack of interest / mental laziness samsaya: doubt pramada: carelessness alasya: idleness avirati: sense gratification / over indulgence […]

Practice Practice Practice

This week in class we were discussing the concepts of Abhyasa and Vairagya, practice and detachment. In the Yoga Sutras Patanjali says that Abhyasa is a repeated effort to try to still the mind. And Vairagya is the practice of detachment from desires. In our Asana practice we put forth a repeated effort but let […]