Day 1 of #yogasutrachallenge: YS 1.1 Atha Yoganushasanam

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Day 1 of #yogasutrachallenge: YS 1.1 Atha Yoganushasanam My interpretation: Now we are ready to unite for the sacred instruction in the practice of yoga Are you ready to take on the challenge of yoga? The sage Patanjali says to practice yoga requires hard work and dedication – you can’t just read a book and ‘learn’ it. It’s considered that only those who feel they have ‘suffered enough’ in life will have the motivation for what yoga truly involves. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna offered yoga to Arjuna as an answer to the torture he was feeling over the sins he had to commit. For us, we might feel that trying to find happiness through other means has failed us, be it a life of hedonism that has back-fired on us after too much partying, a life of greed and ambition that has left us feeling lonely and empty, a life of leisure and liberty which has left us bored and unfulfilled, or a life of excessive pride in how we’re perceived that may leave our bank balance dented or feeling trapped by choices that don’t really agree with us. Whatever it may be – it’s only once we reach that stage that Patanjali says we will have the motivation necessary to reach our goals through a dedicated practice of yoga. Continued...

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