Keeping with the Yoga Sutras for this week, today’s sutra is really quite self-explanatory and clear. I offer this as an opportunity to develop a habit of pratipaksha bhavana! Making this practice a habit is useful as long as one does not use it to ignore reality. Trading the thoughts that are harmful, make us feel limited, or lead to bad outcomes for thoughts that are uplifting, true, and increase a sense of peace and well-being can become a main practice in yoga. It is worth developing into a habit.
“When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of. This is pratipasha bhavana.” – Yoga Sutra II: 33, translation Sri Swami Gurudev.
T.K.V. Desikachar translates this same sutra as: ” When these attitudes are questioned, self-reflection on the possible consequences of alternative attitudes may help.”
Have a wonderful Thursday, and enjoy your pratipasksha bhavana!
Yoga Pose of the Day: Forward Bend, holding toes – Padangusthasana
Yogic Concept of the Day: Be a little contrary with negative thoughts. Think on the outcome of the thoughts you spend time with.