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Practice is the effort to be fixed in concentrating the mind

The Yoga Sutras - Chapter 1, Sutra #13

Tatra sthitau yatno ‘bhyasah (in Sanskrit)

The first ingredient to calm the mind according to Patanjali is “Practice”, which is defined as the effort to concentrate the mind. Concentration means the peaceful flow of the mind when it is free from its fluctuations in the form of various ideas, thoughts, beliefs, emotions. It is important to understand that controlling and concentrating the mind is not easy - it takes effort and constant yoga practice.

This sutra is very reflective of our life - wherever we want to succeed, we need to put in a lot of effort, we need to be focused, not turn off the main road and confidently go towards our goals. If we want to achieve the main goal of yoga, that is, to calm our mind, we need to practice yoga (all eight steps of yoga) thoroughly and diligently.

I wish you great yoga practice!


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