Jun 26-Jul 2: Lesson 107: Introducing the Klesas (Afflictions of Mind)
Do you know about Yoga Psychology? Not only does Yoga give us vast benefits for the body, but also for the mind. Yoga helps us watch, understand, and still our mind, resulting in a greater perception of reality and our choices in any given moment. Ultimately, Yoga’s psychology is empowering.
One of the most useful concepts in Yoga Psychology is that of the klesas or “hindrances” of the mind. To explain these, let’s start with a question. What makes you feel at your best and connected to something greater than yourself? Take a deep breath now and see what thoughts or images come to mind.For many, it is an experience with Nature, God, loved ones, or an amazing accomplishment. If we can recall, as well as create, more of these situations for ourselves, Yoga would say we achieve or remember our “natural state”. It is when we fall out of connection in this way that we begin to experience the hindrances of the mind.
The first klesa is therefore a forgetting or disconnection from this natural state of peace and love and connection. From there rolls the second, egoism, which has us falsely identifying with “me” and “mine”, whether it be in the form of being “right” or “not good enough”. From there rolls attachment, to the things our ego needs to feel good and right. And then to aversion, the things our ego wants to push away or hide from because it feels bad. Finally, we have the fear of loss or change.
As you have read about these, I imagine you have felt the depth of suffering we can create in our own mind. Yoga’s practices of breath, movement, relaxation, meditation, and lifestyle all come together to nurture us back to our natural state of ease, love and connection. It is a remarkable shift you have to experience for yourself. Come join us!