Category Archives: Yoga

Yoga Sutras 11-20 by Kat of JYL

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Dear Friends,

As we head into this Labor Day weekend we continue in our study of the book “Demystifying Patanjali”. The Yoga Sutras as written many years ago by Patanjali and interpreted ever since by several others.

By now if you have been on this path with us, you have an understanding for what the Sutras are. Hopefully you have enjoyed 1:1-10. The Sutras are very complex and could easily take a lifetime to actually go through due to the nature of understanding each one and how it applies to your life. There is just so much out there that I feel we need to start tackling  as a group and other great works I want to share in our book club.

As we go into the fall season we will start reviewing another book and yes (as requested in your emails), we will continue to spend some time each blog to go through the other Sutras.

Have an enjoyable weekend and take time to nurture your spirit and that of others around you.

Namaste,

Kat

1-11

Memory: Memory is clinging (refusing to abandon any ideas of objects that return to the mind).

1-12

The vrittis are calmed by practice and by non-attachment.

“Banat, Banat, banjai  Doing, Doing, at last, done”

Don’t be constantly looking for results

1-13

The endeavor to develop even-mindedness is what constitutes spiritual practice.

1-14

Spiritual practice becomes firmly grounded when it is undertaken for a long time, without a break, and with deep earnestness.

“I am doing this as a part of your play. It means nothing to me”= the outcome.

“I am always inwardly at peace with Thee.”

1-15

From constant self-remembrance there comes complete non-attachment to things seen or heard. Not just by sight, but by what we hear if we seek daily news or gossip. However, when we live in the consciousness of God, all outer attachments fade away.

The mind grows by what it feeds upon.

Include God in all of your activities practice the presence of God.

1-16

When one ceases to thirst for outward manifestation, having realized the Purusha, one attains supreme non-attachment.

1-17

Sampragyata samadhi (sabikalpa samadhi; the state of conditioned oneness) is still tied to the various functions of the ego.

1-18

Unconditioned samadhi occurs with the cessation of all conscious thought. Subconscious memories alone remain.

1-19

Yogis who have not attained the highest state by the time they die remain attached to Prakriti (nature), owing to the ego’s continued identification with outwardness.

There are 2 types of yogis:

(1) Those who have attained their goal.

(2) Those working toward attainment.

Yoga= union/oneness with God.

1-20

For the others, the highest state is attained through faith (based on experience), strength of will, mindfulness (retaining constantly the awareness of God’s presence), conditioned oneness (sabikalpa samadhi), and discrimination.

Patanjali says true yoga may be attained not only by the practice of yoga techniques but also through right application as follows:

(1) Faith: Belief is good because without it we’d never even start to follow our path, but faith depends on results. The greater the results, the greater the faith.

(2)Strong will power: The half-hearted seeker will never find God.

(3) Devotion: The more devoted we are the greater tests we are able to bear.

(4) Sit surrounded by vast space- Try to relax so you are not aware of your body during meditation.

(5) Discrimination: Learning to determine if visions are real or imaginary. A real vision will bring a heightened consciousness, bliss, clear awareness.

 

 

 

 

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The Mat S 6 E :12 Yoga Sutra 1:9

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Dear Friends,

As we continue we go into 1:9 “Understanding that is based on untruth is imaginary.”

This Sutra teaches us to never justify a wrong action. Don’t feel like you need to defend yourself against accusations. Don’t allow temptation to make you feel as if you must offer up an explanation for situations when things happen to go wrong, which they will.

If you find yourself in the wrong, just let it be what it is, don’t allow your ego to take over. If you did something bad or wrong, simply just “own” it and there is no need to give stories or half truth explanations, just allow it be the mistake you made.

Seek the truth always, in all things. Try to do the right thing regardless to what others say or do. Ask for forgiveness and learn to forgive yourself, nothing more.

Namaste,

Kat

The Mat S6 E11 “Yoga Sutra 1-8”

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Dear Friends,

We continue of our journey into Demystifying Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1-8:

“Wrong understanding is when we mistake true nature of that which is being considered.”

Have you ever done something and then later found out that you made a huge mistake? Sure you have, we all have at one time or another. In this Century most of us  are on information overload and don’t even realize it because we are too busy being busy taking on more information or “data”. I will give you one huge example that we are each familiar with “Social Media:”

How many hours of your life do you spend on your mobile device or computer tagging family/friends, uploading images, reading posts, agreeing or disagreeing over those posts etc. Are you so glued to your Social Media that you bring your phone to the table while eating? Sure you do, most of you do, admit it. Do you sit across from a friend or coworker and totally pretend to be listening to them while your engrossed in the next chime on your cell phone from Facebook, Snap Chat, Twitter etc.?

While Social Media is clearly a tool that society uses to share and express we are to be mature enough to curtail our intake and output in the electronic World and in the World in general.This is why mediation and reflection are so important in your daily lives. But I understand, for some of you, your too busy just treading water right?

At least take the time to consider how if you stop what you are doing and pick up this book and begin to study along that you may just find a way to clear out a path in your schedule for “you time” and then when you actually do this you will thank yourself for it.

We need to clear the mind and to do that we need to clear a path, then and only then we can see the truth.

So how do we tell the truth from false visions? This is not so easy. When we have “wrong understanding” it becomes an obstacle in our life, especially as we try to go on our spiritual path.

As Patanjali teaches us we need a few things in out tool kit to take along:

We need to learn:

Humility

Devotion

Openness

Our minds are inclined to self-deception. We are born of wishful thinking and ego-protectiveness.

So how do we get started? We each need to find our Guru (teacher,mentor). When we find the Guru we need to approach this Guru with the right attitude in order for things to progress in our manifestation.

How will you know who your Guru is? It will just feel right, you’ll know when you meet him/her. There are times in your life when you will move on to new Guru’s and it is possible to have more than one Guru. For now try to clear your path and open your mind.

Trust me, please trust me, if you have a heart of humility, you devote yourself to your practice and you open up to all possibilities and are ready to listen, learn, try new ideas and new things then you will be able to tell truth from false visions. It is a process, yoga is a process. It took your body, mind and soul many years to be the way you are today and it will take a long time to undue what you need to clean up and to add the new tools that you need to survive and become enlightened.

The good news is that if you are watching this video and reading along, you are already practicing on your spiritual path.

Namaste,

Kat

The Mat Season:6 E:10 “Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras 1-7”

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“Right understanding comes from direct perception, inference, and valid authority.

Dear Friends,

How do we know God exists? Most of us can’t speak from personal experience. So, should our knowledge come from interpretation or assumption? Wow this Sutra is awesome!

The author of Demystifying Pantanjali tells us “When it comes to a simple earthly matter, valid authority may come to us by a phone call or a radio report. But when it comes to spiritual matters- like, “Does God exist?”- true perception is rare; without true intuition, perception is not always reliable.

The take away:

God must be consciousness!

Valid authority is the most important of all.

Do Not Take Advice From Men

Namaste,

Kat

The Mat S6 E9 “Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras1-6” by Kat of JYL

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Yoga Sutras 1:6

(The vritis are) right and wrong conceptions of what is , imagination, sleep, and memory. All vritis, in stirring the waters of feeling, distort the reality that is soul-Bliss.

Dear Friends,

Boy is it hot! I hope this blog post finds you enjoying the start of summer. We have been studying the Yoga Sutras for a couple of month’s now and learning what Patanjali wanted to express to us in his writings. As we dig deeper into the Sutras we find ourselves taking apart little pieces of this vast puzzle of how to live our yogic lives.

Sutra 1:6 tells us that practicing meditation and calm wisdom is the best way to avoid the illusion of our vrittis (desires).

Think of God, pray for his grace and ask to seek his presence in meditation.

Srikrishna said in the Bhagavad Gita: “Get away from my ocean of suffering and misery!”

Don’t worry if that quote confuses you, it should. We will study the Gita in 2018 after we better understand the Sutras.

Namaste With love,

Kat

Marriage & Yoga = Union

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My niece and her husband have been together for over 7 years before they tied the knot.

What a beautiful ceremony and reception for such a wonderful couple.

Did I mention she is a Yogi?  She recently did a perfect headstand /Sirsasana.

That got me thinking about the meaning of yoga and its correlation to marriage.

It is commony known that yoga means union, oneness and eternal bliss.

However, as we study Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras this year we learn he did not express that

yoga was “union” but more of a “restriction” of the fluctuation of consciousness.

In the Gita, yogi’s are advised to practice Brahmacharya Vrata (celibacy).

In India, yoga is considered “union”, “eternal bliss” and also described as “love”.

As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and

the two are united into one.”

Webster defines marriage as this:

mar·riage
ˈmerij/
noun
noun: marriage; plural noun: marriages

1.
the legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship (historically and in some jurisdictions specifically a union between a man and a woman).
“a happy marriage”
synonyms: wedding, wedding ceremony, marriage ceremony, nuptials, union

Webster’s definition of yoga:

yo·ga
ˈyōɡə/
noun
noun: yoga

a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.

Origin
Sanskrit, literally ‘union.’

I have to say there is something magical about “union” especially when it brings two

hearts and souls together for eternity.

May God bless this “union”.

Thanks to Meg and Chris for having us share in your special day.

Namaste,

Kat

The Mat S6 E8 “Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras 1-5” by Kat of JYL

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Dear Friends,

“Demystifying Patanjali” was based on the wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda presented by his disciple- Swami Kriyananda as a basis for a balanced Yogi to study. It is important to understand that these interpretations can somehow get mixed up. As far as 1-5 is concerned it is a complex Sutra and one that you should take your time with learning.

Key Points

Vrittis= one’s self-developed inclinations (desires & attachments)

Some cause pain, some give pleasure.

*No self-definition can bring anyone happiness.

Sharing with others can only help to remove a layer of egoism from the giver’s consciousness.

We must try to overcome all self-definitions.

Our vrittis do not define us as we are; they only define us as we think we are.

We may tread the downward path to further suffering, or the upward, to eventual bliss in him.

Take what you can from each lesson and share your knowledge.

Namaste,

Kat