Laziness is an obstacle to Yoga

Yoga Sutra 1:30:

~Disease, dullness, doubt, carelessness, laziness, sensuality, false perception~ these distractions of the mind-stuff are the obstacles.

 

“Anyone can  practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Men who doesn’t have strength can practice. Except lazy people, lazy people can’t practice Ashtanga yoga.”

—Quote by  K.Pattabhi Jois

In fact, its true that one does not need to have special ability to practice yoga, no need to be either very flexible or powerful, no need to be young and fit, no need to be rich, no need to look good and wear lululemon… One only needs to be willing to spend time each day practicing yoga.

Laziness doesn’t have to be lying on the couch every day. Our modern laziness can even be  a kind of busyness, I am very occupied every day for doing nothing. Our schedules are always full and our lives become boring.  The hearts and minds are occupied by busyness and get insensitive.  Dullness is mentioned in the Sutra as another obstacle of yoga. We wouldn’t invest the thing that could bring life changes in a positive way by self-discipline. It is also a kind of laziness.

Bob Dylan, the American singer-song writer who won the Nobel Prize in literature last year, sang: “he is not busy being born is busy dying.

Yoga, which is a way to strengthen and purify the body, calm the mind and activate the spiritual system, is a way of transforming. It is grateful that I have this karma let yoga enter my life.  Since I’m already engaged in and have a  patchy understanding of the true meaning of yoga, it is important to examine honestly the obstacles mentioned in Yoga Sutra 1:30, especially those in the mind.

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