A Sutra a Day: III-5 – Does Age Bring Wisdom?

Oct 8, 2012 | Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi, Wisdom, XSutras, xTmp, Yoga practices, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Yoga teaching  | 0 comments

I have such a long way to go in my yoga practice. I’m advanced in age and if I subscribed to the traditional Indian model of ashrama — stages of life, I should have by now evolved into more of a recluse, renunciate, or ascetic. But, no, I’m still a teacher of physical yoga postures. I love this way of practicing for myself, and I enjoy passing it on to students. So, to be honest (Ch. II-36), I’m stuck in the lower branches of the yoga tree and haven’t let go enough to grab onto the upper ones: concentration, meditation, and contemplation. This may be a temporary stopping point, however long it’s been, or perhaps by virtue of studying Patanjali’s Chapter III – Vibhuti Pada – I will inspire myself to catapult to the next level. Tajjayat prajnalokah From mastery of samyama comes the light of awareness and insight.* *Light of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by B.K.S. Iyengar.

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