Book 1, Sutra 34: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra

“OR WE CAN AVOID THE OBSTACLES AND PURIFY THE MIND BY A CONTROLLED EXHALATION FOLLOWED BY A RETENTION OF THE BREATH.”

 

Patanjali listed the obstacles that can create distraction in the mind of the yogic practitioner in sutras 30-31. In sutra 32 he recommended that we apply a single antidote to any obstacle that might arise. Sutras 33-39 list examples of such antidote practices. This sutra lists an advanced technique involving breath control.

Iyengar writes about this sutra’s instructions: “One should inhale and exhale slowly and pause, maintaining the retention for as long as possible. This practice ensures a state of consciousness which is like a calm lake.”

 

 

 

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About Kilaya

Kilaya is a yogi who is also well-versed in the sciences. He studied physics and mathematics at college, biology and molecular biology on his own, fluid dynamics while working as a professional plumber and has always had a passion for in-depth psychology. Now he adds what he has learned from his spiritual master, Amma, and from his life as a professional astrologer to his writings in order to make discoveries that may inspire others.

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