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Yoga Sutra 1.30

A little look at the first Yoga Sutra …

Yoga sutra 1.30

vyādhi-styāna-saṁśaya pramāda-ālasya-avirati bhrānti-darśana-alabdha-bhūmikatva-anavasthitatvāni citta-vikṣepāḥ te antarāyāḥ

These obstacles are factors of mental distress:

· Disease

· Mental apathy

· Doubt

· Haste

· Laziness

· Extravagance

· Stubbornness

· Stagnation

· Regression

In conclusion to the last section of sutra, Patanjali advises that there are nine obstacles that may cause you to wonder off the spiritual path, as follows:

  1. Dis-ease, i.e. a lack of well-being (vyādhi) can demotivate you to practice yoga.

  2. Mental apathy (styāna); a healthy body needs a heathy mind.

  3. Doubt (saṁśaya); in-depth confusion or doubt

  4. Haste (pramāda); lack of awareness or recklessness

  5. Laziness (ālasya); in body and or mind

  6. Extravagance (avirati); being led by your desires and senses

  7. Stubbornness (bhrāntidarśana); narrow minded point of view

  8. Stagnation (alabdhabhūmikatva); staying in your ‘comfort zone’, lack of patience or perseverance

  9. Regression (anavasthitatvā); taking a backward step and not staying on level due to frustration or disappointment

  10. Our problems are our best teachers in life so learn to befriend all of your emotions when encountering the above.

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

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