Over the last few months I’ve been reading through The Yoga Sutras. They were written about 2,000 years ago and became the backbone of present day yogic philosophy. The yoga sutras are a compilation of the teachings of Patanjali (a yogic sage). I find them to be inspiring and informative.
The second of the sutras is one of my favorites:
“Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah – The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga.” – The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda
In more plain language: “yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind”.
I posted this photo a while ago to my Instagram account. It is funny but it is true! One of the goals of yoga is to calm the mind. Let go of the past & not worry about the future. Let it be. Come back to reality later but while practicing the yoga poses, just let it all go!
It is important to keep this in mind while practicing yoga. Even if you give yourself even just a few minutes a day to “cease the fluctuations of your mind” you should start to notice a shift in perspective. Ideally, you will be able to more efficiently sort through your thoughts and find new, creative ways, to solve problems rather than getting overwhelmed or absorbed in them.
“If you control your mind, you have controlled everything. Then there is nothing in the world to bind you” – The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda