The last few months have been difficult for so many people in so many ways. I’ve received a lot of questions from students over the past two months about maintaining a home practice, dealing with negative thoughts, and coping with isolation at home, as well as frustration with the world at large.
I try to teach with Yoga Sutras when I can, because they’re authoritative and timeless. Even though the sutras are two-thousand years old, they provide a map of the mind and the consciousness and give a greater context to our practice.
That’s why I want to attempt to discuss three that I think are very relevant right now.
YS 1.20 śraddhā-vīrya-smṛti-samādhi-prajñā-pūrvaka itareṣām
Some people are lucky and samadhi happens naturally. The rest of us need to help this practice along by relying on certain techniques:
Sraddhā - Faith in what we are doing, conviction, embodied trust.
Vīrya - Enthusiasm, energy, vitality, strength.
Smṛti - Memory. More specifically,...