atha yoga anusasanam
January 18, 2012, 3:09 pm
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“Here, now, is the teaching of yoga”

– Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

This is the very first passage of the Yoga sutras of Patanjali, probably the major reference of yoga as we know this teaching today. How beautiful it is!! Here, now, is the teaching of yoga. It is always here. It is always now. We don’t need to wait for our class. We don’t need to go to India. Here, now, is simply perfect for practice. As Ravi Ravindra interprets, it is “an invitation to pratice yoga always and everywhere.”

I want to be reminded of this in my daily life.

When I’m experiencing ease, be present with the ease. When I’m experiencing joy, really be present with the joy. And when I am experiencing sadness or difficulties, let myself be present with the sadness and the difficulties.

Not seeking distractions to ease the pain but rather go into the experience and learn even more about the range of feelings that are alive in me. And how they affect my body. And how they are ever-changing. Allowing what is to be.

Accepting, relaxing, conducting, understanding.

Knowing, that this, as the Zen master says, “this, too, shall pass”.

Aho, Patanjali! Atha yoga anusasanam.


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