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Yoga Sutras For Modern Day Life: Peaceful Sleep, Peaceful Mind

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1:38 The mind can also be made steady by meditating on a dream or on dreamless sleep.


Defining the Sutra

Patanjali continues to talk about techniques to steady the mind. One of these techniques is meditation on a  peaceful dream or on dreamless sleep. By meditating on the tranquility of a pleasant spiritually oriented dream or on the relaxed feeling of deep sleep, one can become relaxed.


Modern Day Application

There is an ongoing belief, in the modern world, that yoga is not accessible to all.  Patanjali always disproves this by giving simple techniques for calming the mind. Everyone sleeps. Why not use it to further your spiritual development? No yoga mat or fancy name brand yoga clothes needed. No trip to an ashram necessary.  Just meditate on a peaceful dream or the peaceful feeling of deep sleep to find calmness in the heart and mind.


Why it is Important

Anyone can do yoga…who wants to do yoga. Patanjali tells us that there are many ways to find a calm state of mind and awaken to our true selves. How bad do you want it? Concentrating on a tranquil dream or the feeling of peace we get from a deep dreamless sleep is accessible to everyone. Try it. See where it takes you.

Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail

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