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Yoga Sutra: Heyam Dukham Anagatam

Ritu Kapur

Heyam Dukham Anagatam

This week, as I practised yoga with my son, I decided to share one of my favorite quotes with him from Patanjali's book of Yoga Sutra. From Chapter 2, verse 46 says, Heyam Dukham Anagatam. Meaning, avoid the suffering which is about to come. 

On the mat, avoid the poses that may give you pain or may result in an injury if you are not ready for it. Off the mat, avoid situations and people who may be the source of dukha or suffering in your life.  

Ask yourself these questions today and often in context with this verse: 
What is the cause of my suffering?
How can I avoid it or lessen it?
What can I do to increase sukha or ease in my life?

Few things that have worked for me are being out in the Nature and simply witnessing.
Try looking at other people the way you look at the trees, without any judgement.
Recognize people and situations that cause feelings of dis-ease in the body e.g, news/ politics and then take firm decision to avoid them. 
Smile! It works :-)

I have maintained a daily personal practice for past 12 years. I try to follow and reflect the teachings of Yoga Sutra not only in my daily Sadhana but also in my teaching style. Please join me for a mindful asana practice whenever you can. I look forward to seeing you and your loved ones in my zoom classes. 

I teach 7 classes every week and you can attend all of them with your monthly pass. I have the same zoom link for all my classes. I send out an email before each class to share the theme of the class. We do poses with focus on different body parts, different functions of the body and different thought processes related to the teachings of Yoga Sutra. I can also share recordings of some classes so you can watch them in your own time. 

Here's my class schedule:

11:15-12:15 Yoga 101
9:15-10 Pranayama & Chakra Meditation
3-4pm - Yoga Nidra
9:15-10:15am Gentle Morning Yoga Flow
7-8pm Therapeutic Yoga
11am- 12pm Restorative Yoga
9-10am Yoga 101

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