Day 13 of #yogasutrachallenge: YS 1.13 tatra sthitau yatno ‘bhyasah

Day 13 of #yogasutrachallenge: YS 1.13 tatra sthitau yatno ‘bhyasah My interpretation: Practice is steadfast effort towards steadiness of the mind. It’s ironic and telling that I missed a day of my daily yoga sutra challenge on this particular sutra. Patanjali explains that practice is the effort towards keeping the mind steady, and it’s generally accepted that the steadiness of the mind is affected by our old friends the gunas – rajas (passion, restlessness) and tamas (inertia, disinterest). Yesterday’s lapse in my daily sutra posts can be attributed to, characteristically, too much rajas acting on my mind: I get inspired so easily, I care about so much, and so I tried to do too much again! Practicing yoga is a way of calming myself down, but sometimes I wonder whether my rajasic personality is sometimes getting the better of me when I try to do a load of yoga-related things in one day e.g. the #yogasutrachallenge, teaching, and running www.trueyogacollective.com. There’s a line in the Bhagavad Gita I can totally relate to where Arjuna says the mind is “harder to control than the wind” since it is “fickle, powerful, and obstinate”. However, I am learning something from Patanjali, developing the ability to train my mind and to say to myself odd-sounding things like ‘there is too much activity in the mind’ ‘the mind needs to stay still’. Like training a puppy to ‘stay’ or ‘sit’ :)...

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