Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Qualities cultivated by yoga - compassion


Please click on the video below to watch, 'Qualities cultivated by yoga - compassion'-on my YouTube Channel. 



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B.K.S Iyengar in his book, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali interprets Yoga Sutra I.33. He says  "This sutra asks us to rejoice with the happy, to be compassionate to the sorrowful, friendly to the virtuous, and indifferent to those who continue to live in vice despite our attempts to change them." 

There is a great deal in our troubled world to stir up feelings of compassion. Compassion is a concern for the sufferings of others but self compassion is also important.  

We all want to be free from suffering and through yoga we come to realise our connection to others and this creates empathy when we see the sufferings of others.  Through yoga also you recognise your own suffering in the suffering of others. This does not mean that you will not have thoughts or feelings that are not compassionate.  Compassion is something we have to work on and be mindful of  thoughts and feelings that are not compassionate.  

In our yoga video this week I have focused on the heart chakra.  By opening the heart space we can open up to feelings of compassion.  We end with a meditation in which we send good wishes to all, including those we find difficult.

Namaste,





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