Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

तत्र स्थितौ यत्नोऽभ्यासः ॥१३॥

tatra sthitau yatnaḥ abhyāsaḥ ||13||

Practice is the effort to stay there.

tatra - theresthiti - staying, maintenanceyatna - effortabhyāsa - practice

Commentaries and Reflections

TKV Desikachar:

The spirit of Abhyāsa is to always verify the best means to go from one step to another.

How do you know the use of the right means is good?

Paul Harvey:

Practice is the effort to remain there.

Meditation is about the quality of the effort rather than the fruit of the time.

In Jñāna Dhyānam the most difficult exercise for the mind
is the one of not exercising the mind.

Inspirational Quote

“To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.” Igor Stravinsky