Updated: Jul 26, 2021
Yoga sutra 1.2
Yogash citta vrtti nirodha
Yoga is the pacification, concentration and complete focus of the fluctuations of the mind’s activities.
Patanjali defines yoga as a complete orientation of the mind’s activities towards consciousness and awareness. The mind’s chatter or fluctuations prevent us from being truly present. Becoming caught up in our thoughts feels natural to us because we do it almost all the time. But you do not have to think about anything, you only have to stop participating in your thoughts so consciousness and awareness can surface in your being. It is not easy as our minds are conditioned to follow thought to thought. However, it may be directly experienced by following a yogic path.
Damian Cadman-Jones is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga™