Yoga Journal

Embodying the sutra

“Pain that has not yet come is avoidable.”
YOGA SUTRA 2.16 / TRANSLATION BY SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA

, Patanjali teaches that yoga practice is preventive medicine for our minds—a way to keep future pain and suffering from manifesting. He reminds us that past pain doesn’t exist anymore, current pain is in process and will run

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