Yoga Practice is about a re-turning towards our inner life.

Yoga Practice is about a re-turning towards our inner life.

Yoga Practice is about a re-turning towards our inner life. However, even without outer obstacles, we can encounter inner feelings that arise and manifest as obstacles to that re-turning.

Here it might be helpful to reflect on the four pillars of Maitrī, Karuṇā, Muditā and Upekṣā and the role they can have in helping to transform the unhelpful aspects of these inner feelings.

Bhāvana is a beneficial attitude that is consciously cultivated despite tendencies to the contrary”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33

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Ātma is the source of the sunlight in the Psyche.

Ātma is the source of the sunlight in the Psyche.”

Svādhyāya – to look at that which helps me understand.

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Svādhyāya – to look at that which helps me understand.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

The search for understanding is driven by misunderstanding……

avidya

“The search for understanding is driven by misunderstanding,
though not always in the right direction.”
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

Bhakti Dhyānam uses Japa to build a bridge….

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Bhakti Dhyānam uses Japa to build a bridge,
over the fear bringing streams of the mind.”
– Personal Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

It is difficult to realise the wonders of Cit within the wanderings of the Citta.

cit devanagari

It is difficult to realise the wonders of Cit
within the wanderings of the Citta.

How to cultivate as intimate a relationship with our Practice……

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Yukta Abhyāsa or skilful practice.
How to cultivate as intimate a relationship with our Practice,
as with our Problems.
Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

In Jñāna Dhyānam the most difficult exercise for the mind

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In Jñāna Dhyānam the most difficult exercise for the mind
is the one of not exercising the mind.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

The Das Upāya or ten approaches to Sādhana…….

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In introducing the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One Upāya section within verses 2039,
Krishnamacharya talks about Das Upāya or ten approaches,
of which two are Śodhanam (Purifying) Sādhana
and eight are Śamanam (Palliating) Sādhana.

Pratyāhāra is not feeding the minds identification with the senses……

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Pratyāhāra is not feeding the tendency of the Citta to automatically form a positive, negative, or neutral identification with whatever stimuli the senses present to it. From that we can begin to understand how their external gathering activities stimulate our conscious and especially, unconscious choices.

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Vāsanā is an unconscious motivation directed towards……

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Vāsanā is an unconscious motivation directed towards
satisfying a physiological or psychological need.”
Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 8

To experience Āsana is to meld the Mastery of outer Stillness to the……

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To experience Āsana is
to meld the Mastery of outer Stillness to the world
into the Mystery of inner Openness to the beyond.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46

The less we act from within the field of the present moment the……

cit devanagari

“The less we act from within the field of the present moment,
the more we re-act from within the field of past memories.”

From meditating on the Heart we come to know……

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From meditating on the Heart,
we come to know the habits of the Mind.
From coming to know the habits of the Mind,
we come to know the Intrinsic Nature of the Mind.
– Personal Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter 3 verse 34

Yoga Sūtra Chanting for the Mind……

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Temple Chanting in Ansuyadevi on Pañca Kedar

Yoga Sūtra Chanting for the Mind.
Veda Mantra Chanting for the Soul.

Yoga offers me an intelligent way to come out of my mistakes.

avidya

Yoga offers me an intelligent way to come out of my mistakes.

Dhāraṇā – a state of effortful attention……

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Dhāraṇā – a state of effortful attention.
Dhyānam – a state of effortless attention.

In the Yoga Sūtra, the pre-eminent text on Dhyānam within Yoga……

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In the Yoga Sūtra, the pre-eminent text on Dhyānam within Yoga.

Book One is about the Process of the practice of Dhyānam;
Book Two is about the Preparation for the practice of Dhyānam;
Book Three is about the Outcome of the practice of Dhyānam;
Book Four is about the Goal of the practice of Dhyānam.

The Das Indriya or ten senses of experience and action……

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The Das Indriya or ten senses of experience and action,
whilst seen as belonging to the Bāhya Aṅga or five external limbs
in the eight limb Aṣṭa Aṅga Yoga of Patañjali,
are also the gateway to the Antar Aṅga or three internal limbs.

Prāṇāyāma brings fitness of the mind for concentration.

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धारणासु च योग्यता मनसः ॥५३॥
dhāraṇāsu ca yogyatā manasaḥ

“As Prāṇāyāma dissolves the covering of the light,
fitness of the mind for concentration arises.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 53

From Prāṇāyāma the covering of the light dissolves.

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ततः क्षीयते प्रकाशावरणम् ॥५२॥
tataḥ kṣīyate prakāśa-āvaraṇam

“From Prāṇāyāma the covering of the light dissolves.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 52

Negative reasoning such as harming and the rest……

Patanjali Yoga Sutra

vitarkāḥ hiṃsā-ādayaḥ
kṛta-kārita-anumoditāḥ
lobha-krodha-moha-pūrvakāḥ
mṛdu-madhya-adhimātrāḥ
duḥkha-ajñāna-ananta-phalāḥ
iti pratipakṣa-bhāvanam |

“Negative reasoning such as harming and the rest;
may be done, brought about, or by approval;
is preceded by greed, anger or delusion;
may be mild, moderate or intense;
its infinite fruits are suffering and ignorance;
thus cultivate the opposite side.”
– Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 34

When oppressed by negative reasoning cultivate the opposite side.

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वितर्कबाधने प्रतिपक्षभावनम् ॥३३॥

vitarka-bādhane pratipakṣa-bhāvanam

“When oppressed by negative reasoning cultivate the opposite side.”
– Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 33

There are some who are ruled by how they perceive the world as treating them.

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There are some who are ruled by how they perceive the world as treating them.
There are others who reflect on how they are treating the world.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter 2 verse 15

The witness cannot be witnessed.

cit devanagari

“The witness cannot be witnessed.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 18

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