Yoga Lesson: Detachment

The ancient yogis understood that desire (kama) was a legitimate goal and an essential part of a balanced life. But they also saw that excess desire created impurities in the mind and produced unnecessary suffering in one’s life. The yogis’ technique for reducing desire was cultivating detachment (vairagya) through the conscious severing of our attachments to the objects of this world. Vairagya applies both to our likes and dislikes, with the ideal goal of seeing both sweet and bitter fruits of life as the same. The practice of detachment needs to be balanced with Abhyasa (Effort), and must never be an excuse to abandon one’s worldly duties and obligations.

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May our attachments be severed and may we attain freedom from craving all objects of desire.

Quotes
The fear of loss is a path to the dark side… Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is. Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose. – Yoda

Non-attachment (vairagya) is freedom from craving all objects of desire, both material objects and spiritual experiences. – The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

The moment you place your happiness in the fulfillment of any want or wish that is outside yourself, …in anything but the thing as it is, as it is becoming, at that moment your balance is lost and you fall straight from Heaven to Hell. – R.H. Blyth

Practices
Third Eye Meditation, Crane, Revolved Triangle, Eagle, Tree, Dancer, Standing Head to Knee.

Home Work
Look carefully into the causes of unhappiness and to the tendency to believe that you cannot be happy without a particular object, action or person.
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Comments 1

  1. I’m gonna try and do this one. My mom has been getting on me about asking for stuff that Idont need. So… I have my yoga mat and my good health that I have room to make better so I’m going to work on that. :)

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