Ashtanga yoga practice and philosophy

Taking Ashtanga Yoga as a Spiritual Path – Kino MacGregor

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so the first thing to understand I think

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with with the concept of yoga as a

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spiritual discipline is that not

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everyone is ready for it

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this is why in Patanjali Yoga Sutras as

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as you alluded to a moment ago that

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there is a sutra that talks about the

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realization of suffering and it’s

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explained in in the sanskrit do come ava

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sarvam all indeed is suffering

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everything that you love one day will

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lead you to suffering it sounds

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depressing at first you know but it’s

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kind of true like you have a favorite

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t-shirt you love it you wear it so much

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so it wears out and then you miss it

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kind of hole in it you no need to throw

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it out no make sure it’s gone and then

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like this without consciousness this is

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essentially the human condition you know

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we are drawn towards pleasure and and

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things that are comfortable and

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pleasurable for us we generate

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attachment to those things and then we

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experiencing which which create

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displeasure or things which are

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uncomfortable or painful for us which

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are dukkha then we generate aversion

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towards that we try to avoid those

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things but this is beyond our ability to

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control we cannot control so losing

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battle so the first step of

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understanding yoga as a spiritual

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practice is to have the direct

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realization dukkha iva sarvam all indeed

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is suffering the notion with this is

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that until we’ve understood that there

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is some basic component of suffering

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part of our life then when the practice

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itself gets difficult or when we

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experience suffering through the vehicle

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of yoga whether it’s emotional physical

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psychological spiritual whatever type of

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suffering arises then we’ll run away

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from the practice and we’ll think why is

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yoga so hard this is a bad yoga I’m

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gonna go do spinning it’s much nicer for

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me and it’s less intense or less

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demanding or then we’ll doubt ourselves

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well so maybe yoga is good but in me it

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creates too much suffering or will doubt

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the teacher will start to say the

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teachers or will doubt the method so the

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essence of yoga as a spiritual practice

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starts from this notion the direct

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experience and the direct acceptance of

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all of the material world will one day

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create suffering and in that state is

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the the opening to the true sonica the

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true spiritual practice because up until

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that moment there will always be this

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thing inside of your mind

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says yoga is good but maybe I should

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just go for holiday instead this posture

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is good but maybe not as good as going

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to the movies you know and so they’ll

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they’ll always be the sort of escape

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route that’s presenting itself but if

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you’ve understood that there is no

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escape you know that there is literally

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no way out then you’ll understand that

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the only way out is within through the

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vehicle of the yoga practice

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Patanjali is pretty you know pretty

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obsolete about that Patanjali says

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you’re either doing yoga you’re doing

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the effort of spiritual practice towards

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ultimate realization of the truth or you

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are caught in the world of boga with the

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sensory experiences and you’re attracted

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to things which are pleasurable and

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you’re running from things which are

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painful so you’re either doing the work

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of yoga to break that cycle or you’re

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caught in it Patanjali doesn’t really

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give a middle way and I am maybe we can

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be a bit more you know a bit more soft

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about that but I think it maybe it’s

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possible to see that moment to moments

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so even the yoga practitioner someone

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who says you know I am dedicated to yoga

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as a spiritual practice

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they’ll make choices based on sensory

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pleasure but perhaps what the key

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element is is consciousness so they’re

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conscious of it you know so instead of

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just being driven towards it and caught

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in the cycle then there’s an elements of

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consciousness I do think though at the

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moment you have that consciousness comes

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responsibility so then you are held to a

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higher standard

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after you’ve understood some basic

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truths about the practice and about life

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as well

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