Sutra 1.4

कहीं और, कैरियर

vrtti sarupyam itaratra

vritti- operations, fluctuations; sarupyam- similarity, assimilation, appearance of; root sa means with, and ruppa means form; itaratra- elsewhere, at other times, when not in the state of realization above

When the yogi transcends the activities of the mind (1.2), then they can experience the pureness of its consciousness (1.3). It is easy to stay within this state of mind while on your mat, but when you are out in the world and bombarded by the sensory input from those around you, it can be very difficult. The world is not the problem though, but the way in which we react to it. Our minds, our purusa’s, tend to take on the identity of the world around us. We then tend to believe that we are the thoughts that we have, but this is not your true self. What do we do with this? The solution to staying within your pure consciousness while out in the world is to separate yourself from what you see; this is the true practice of Yoga.

“It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.”
-Swami Vivekananda

Throughout my life there had been times where I was with a group of people thinking to myself, “Why am I here? What am I doing?” Through the guilt of saying “NO” to people, I found myself hanging out with people who were very negative, or in situations that I didn’t want to be, but had feared disappointing those around me. It took a long time to learn saying “NO” isn’t a bad thing, and establishing boundaries for myself and others is very important. In order for me to discover who I really was off my mat, I had to stop and think about who I was, and if a particular person or situation was something/one I wanted in my life. This is by far the hardest thing, because I hate telling people “no”. I found myself reflecting other peoples truths doing this, and my own authenticity dulled; I couldn’t figure out my own identity because I drowned in others identities and expectations. Once I learned who I was through solitude, time with my family, and meditation, I began to filter my life experiences to reflect who I truly was, and not reflect who other’s were, or who I thought I should be.

xo

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I am an eclectic woman in my late, yeah, late, twenties who LOVES a good book, strong tea/coffee, and loud music. Writing is the expression of the soul. As a yoga instructor my focus is always on proper alignment of the asana, stability of the pranayama, and stillness of the mind. My intention is to share my passion and love for books and reading with wonderful people everywhere. May you all live beautifully and authentically. Namaste

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