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Dukha - suffering and how to remedy it

Exploring Yoga Sūtras 2.15 and beyond…. Suffering, its causes and how to avoid future suffering.

As we still find ourselves moving through these unpredictable times, days can feel challenging. I find myself observing difficult situations that arise frequently and how I react to those situations - be it disappointment, frustration, annoyance or fear. I feel things go wrong when I act from a place of misunderstanding - things go better when I take a breath, step back and attempt to engage elegantly with whatever is going on.

Read on to discover more about suffering from the context of the Yoga Sutra, the causes of suffering and how to avoid future suffering. 

YS 2.15 - For those with discrimination, suffering is to be found everywhere due to change (pariṇāma), pain (tāpa) and habit (saṃskāra) and also because the mind is in constant flux due to the guṇa. 

(Trans. D.Charlton, R. Roy) 

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An Update from Your Mysore Teacher, Emma Isokivi

Dear Mysore Practitioner, 
 
As a Mysore teaching team, we are committed to helping you sustain and grow your regular yoga practice.
 
During this rapidly changing time, we are planning to keep our Mysore doors and hours open for as long as reasonable and safe.  We will update you regularly if this needs to change. 
 
Maintaining your regular practice (whatever size/ shape/ or beyond asana that might be) is of the utmost importance in this challenging time.  It’s easy to push our wellbeing to the side during uncertain times, but this is the time to “double down” on your regular practices to be able to maintain steadiness and wellness for your body and mind.
We encourage you to:
 
- Practice at the same time as you normally do. (Tell family members/friends to give you space and support to do that if needed).  
- Move regularly. Physical activity plays an important role in your boosting your immune system and...
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I didn’t have a home practice until I decided to undertake my teacher training and I thought it was about time I tried to practice by myself, plus I was travelling and didn’t always have access to a class or teacher.  The only thing was I had no idea where to start. I’d been practicing yoga on and off for a long time, but had really started to focus on the...

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