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Amy Ippoliti Decodes Yoga Sutra 1.3: Dwell in Your Own Nature
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This sutra asks you to take a close look at the kleshas personal obstacles that shape your intentions—and eventually your karma. It asks you to look at the driving force of your actions. The five kleshas are avidya ignorance , asmita over-identifying with your ego , raga desire, or attachment to pleasure , dvesha avoidance , and abhinivesha attachment and fear. Your yoga practice can help you become more aware of your patterns—both physical and psychological. Notice where you hold tension, and pay attention to thoughts that keep emerging.
Overcoming the kleshas
Priya was a manager in a multi-national firm. She loved her job. She was the life of the parties she attended and would often regale a captive audience with stories of how she overcame the odds to become as successful as she had. Many employees lost their jobs. She was one of them. Her perfect world fell apart at the seams. Priya was left without the things that she had based her identity on — her job and her success. She felt like a complete failure. Her sense of self worth was in tatters. The fractured sense of self and the crisis of identity filled her with self doubt.
Life teaches us that pain and suffering are an essential part of existence. This thought is ingrained within our minds and we often fail to take measures to identify the origin of what causes our pain in order to alleviate it. Some years ago, Sage Patanjali — the father of modern yoga — identified five causes of pain and suffering, which he named the Kleshas. Like the muddy water that prevents one from seeing the ground at the bottom of the pond, the Kleshas hide our true self from us. The Kleshas are obstacles to our spiritual progress.