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Yoga sutra 1.12

A little look at the first Yoga Sutra …

Yoga sutra 1.12

abhyāsa-vairāgyābhyāṁ tan-nirodhaḥ

Mastery of the fluctuations of the mind’s activities comes from self-practice and detachment

There are two things here to master which are equally important and mutually beneficial:

  • diligent practice (abhyāsa); and

  • detachment (vairāgya).

Spiritual self-mastery is only possible through systematic practice which, in turn, allows us to gain stability of our body and our mind.

Detachment / non-attachment is only possible by complete surrender; without frustration of anything that could constitute an obstacle on the path to yoga.

Damian Cadman-Jones is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga™

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