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Yoga Basics News  •  No.166  •  December 09, 2014  



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Our new book: Yoga Class guides you through eight lessons to learn 30 of the most commonly used poses while incorporating yogic philosophy and principles of alignment.

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Our Yoga for Beginners book takes you through the basics of practicing yoga and then teaches you the poses in the context of a yoga practice sequence.

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From the Founder

There is a subtle yet profound difference between pain (dukha) and suffering (klesha). The saying “pain is inevitable, suffering is optional” begins to describe this distinction and the yogic goal of “unlinking the link” between dukha and klesha.

The Buddhist teaching of the two arrows is a helpful metaphor to use when you want to minimize or make suffering optional. Most people are hit with two arrows of pain and suffering. The first arrow is the initial physical or emotional pain that often cannot be avoided. The second arrow is the mental reaction/response from the first arrow; and it is this second arrow that causes most, if not all, of our suffering.

To work with this metaphor, start by discerning the two arrows of pain and suffering. Once you start to see the distinctions, then cultivate detachment from the reaction/response of of ego and mind. Lastly, redirect or change the second arrow into an instrument of growth, insight and learning.

  

Timothy Burgin
Founder & Executive Director
YogaBasics.com

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