As I was studying myself Yoga Sutra 1.30 yesterday, the thought came into my mind, that I would like to start Yoga Sutras understanding with the people of the Universe, from the beginning. I am going forth and back with that spectacular book of Patanjali “Yoga Sutras”. Such, a jewel for all the times. When I first time open the book, only now I realize that I opened to early for me, I was not ready!!! I didnt understand a word from it, so I read like a normal book, with so many questions arising in my head…and no answers…even I had teachers of Yoga around me, who were much more experienced than me, and they read the Sutras, they couldnt give any answers…probably, were not ready as well…I will never know..
As they say your Guru will appear when you are ready. My Yoga journey is amazing, everyday I learn something new, I dont put myself as a teacher that know everything, obviously, I dont)))) I think of myself more as a lifetime student, that can share on the journey the knowledge that was received earlier. I am blessed, as Guru really appear to me, when I was ready. To the people who knew to Yoga, guru doesnt take money from you!!! as he believes that Yoga science is for free, and it should be shared with others!
So, Yoga Sutra 1.1 Atha Yoganusasanam
Are you ready? Now the study of Yoga begins!
First chapter first sutra. In Samadhi Pada (On Concentration). The pada has 51 sutras and it begins with the understanding of human thought process, which deter us from realizing our true self.
What does it mean? Now yoga begins? For some students it means going to any yoga studio and do asana, maybe pranayama.
Anushasana word means the systematic presentation of a discipline, that in fact, a science.
The word Atha expresses a blessing at the beginning of a duty. Alike Om, Atha marks the authorized and promising opening of a worthy subject.
Atha also means “Now”, to be present, that many philosophies teach us. Whatever you do or want to do, you should do it with the full awareness. And this is highlighted within the Yoga Sutras. Atha also means to be ready for a commitment that you will take in your personal journey.
To succeed the study of Yoga, you must to be in the present with every cell of your being, because its purpose is a self-discovery, and it can have many footsteps. Teacher will communicate the important Yoga lessons to you when you will be ready at the right time, and if you will have commitment, teacher will appear.
Be ready to take responsibilities…sometimes, commitment fails to meet intention. This is very often the case with the modern society, we want everything but no responsibilities. There is Yoga starts! Commit with all your heart to what you are doing. Be the owner of your life and yourself. Take responsibility. Seek advise from wise people. Learn and experience, by doing, by practice. Yoga is an experiential science.
Ask yourself, why am I doing what I am doing? Why I am doing yoga? Why do I even spend time at it? Can I commit myself? Am I ready?
You are ready, step in with two feet, be grounded . You have to strike a balance between putting up the effort and letting it happen.
“Now the study of Yoga begins” Just few simple words saying you that it’s about being present. Atha Yoganushasanam. Without your full commitment, you won’t succeed.
Love and Light!