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Yoga Sutras of Modern Day Life: No More Yoga Practice, Just Be Yoga

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1:50- The impression, produced by this Samadhi, wipes out all other impressions.



Defining the Sutra

For more on Nirvichara Samadhi, go here.   In this stage of Nirvichara Samadhi, all the new habits the yogi has cultivated,  permanently replace the old ones. The Yogi is not totally free because even though their new habits are all positive, they are still habits.





Modern Day Application

This is the state where all the work you have done on yourself takes root.  It is a slow process where you spend more and more time being connected to your heart and eventually you stay connected. You no longer have to work on controlling your anger, frustration, sadness, shame or fear.  No more self help books, retreats and Eckhart Tolle You Tube videos needed. No more crazy random thoughts jumping into your head. You no longer have to apologize for words said in haste. All your negative Samskaras/habits are replaced with new ones.

It takes incredible perseverance to get to this state. Congratulations, the Yoga practice has taken root!!! Eventually, you will no longer have to do Yoga practice, you can just be Yoga. Being Yoga is to live in a state of Nirodah, a place where the mind no longer fluctuates and the heart and eyes are completely open.





Why This is Important

The culmination of your Yoga practice is approaching.  This is the final stage before liberation, which I will talk about in the next segment. Enlightenment happens after this.

If you are anything like me, your spiritual journey has been a roller coaster. You have come face to face with suffering, pain, shame and unresolved hurts. You seemingly overcome your negative habits only to fall right back into unconsciousness again. You have lost friends and loved ones have drifted away. Major insights has resulted in completely overhauling your life and starting over…many, many times. For me, this idea of permanent new habits sounds like heaven! This is what I want in my life.  Forget landing Karandavasana, this is why I get on my mat every morning.


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 shanna@ashtangayogaproject.com.

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