#yogasutrachallenge Book II Sutra 1 – The path of Kriya yoga involves self-discipline, study, and dedication to the divine

#yogasutrachallenge Book II Sutra 1 – The path of Kriya yoga involves self-discipline, study, and dedication to the divine I’m back on the #yogasutrachallenge J. I’ve taken nearly 2 months break in between book I and book II and excited to be starting fresh. In book II of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali describes how the actual Practice of yoga should be carried out in order to find the mental stillness and control required to ultimately find enlightenment. Practically speaking, we need to find ways to cultivate a balanced (sattvic) mind. The first way to do this is through self-discipline (tapas). I find it really interesting that by this Patanjali doesn’t mean just waking up at 6.30 every morning to do your sun salutes. He’s talking about controlling the quantity and quality of what you take in through your senses. What you eat and drink is an obvious one – don’t gorge yourself on chocolate or drink too much. As is sex – he doesn’t explicitly mention it but I’ve heard within a relationship it’s condoned but sleeping around, not so much. But we give little thought to how what we see and hear affects our sense of balance mentally; how improving the quality of our daily visual and auditory experiences – the route you take to work, your music playlists, a trip to the art gallery – as well as other sensual ones such as the scent in our homes or the fabrics we wear, can all play a part in promoting a sense of balance under which we can flourish...

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