Obstacles in Yoga - Part 2
In Part 1 I explained how overeating can cause obstacles in Yoga. Let's see
few more obstacles in this part.
In order to perform hard physical labor we need to spend lot of energy. A
Yogi should focus on spending his energy only in his sadhana. A tired body and
mind can not remain concentrated resulting in poor quality of practice. Of
course one must perform daily duties.
Talking too much
We come across many people who are talkative or rather talk too much. Talking
too much not only wastes energy but also causes mind to scatter. A sadhaka must
avoid discussing gossips and useless chatting. Practicing Mauna Vrata is
helpful in stabilizing your mind.
Mixing with common people
A sadhaka should avoid mixing with common people. It is often said - "Do not
engage with fools They first drag you at their level and then beat you with their
experience." The same thing happens when you mix with ordinary people.
Unknowingly they infect you with their worldly desires and expectations. Keeping that in mind one should give more emphasis on Satsanga.
of severe vows
A sadhaka needs to observe strict disciplines in daily life. However, he
should not follow
such as fasting and bathing with ice cold water. By torturing one's own body one
can not become Yogi. A careful judgment is necessary while applying any such
A common man possesses very unsteady body and mind. In order to succeed in
Yoga one must have steady body (Kaya Sthairyam) and one pointed mind. Yogi should
be able to sit in place for hours. That's why Hatha Yoga gives so much emphasis
on Asanas. One must also learn to control the mind that is otherwise
unsteady like wind.
That's it for today. In my next post I will explain obstacles from
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. A word of caution here. Many so called modern Gurus and
Yoga teachers ignore these obstacles. They say you need not follow them strictly
in the modern world. They also claim that without changing your life style you
can become a Yogi. But if you want to hasten your progress on the path of
self-realization then following them as much as possible proves to be very