The How of Yoga – Sutra I-12

May 26, 2012 | Wisdom, XSutras, Yoga practices, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Yoga teaching  | 0 comments

I admit to having temporarily abandoned my practice of asanas while I’ve been on a brief hiatus from my comfy yoga studio at Mitchell’s Island.
This current visit to Sydney is an opportunity for me to put into practice other limbs of the yoga tree, as in the Yama and Niyama. I’m thinking especially of the concept of non-greed (aparigraha). By extension, when I’m not greedy, I can be generous because I’m not trying to hoard or hold on tight to something.
I’ve been able to give back to our kind hostess in Sydney by taking her to dinner and the theatre, which we enjoyed, too. It’s the same sort of reciprocity we experience when we have guests come to stay at our island home.
At times, it’s all to easy to forget that yoga is a state to which we aspire, rather than a pose to attain.
The beauty of yoga is that the practices are wide and varied. Every moment of every day is an opportunity to do practice with detachment. Patanjali has stated that this is how we get to the state of yoga, which is pacifying the patterning of consciousness.
Abhyasa vairagya abhyam tannirodhah
The mind can reach the state of yoga through practice and detachment.*
*The Heart of Yoga, T.K.V. Krishnamacharya


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