Yoga Practice is about a re-turning towards our inner life.
Here it might be helpful to reflect
on how to cultivate the four pillars of
Maitrī, Karuṇā, Muditā and Upekṣā and
the role they can have in helping to transform
the unhelpful aspects of these inner feelings.
“Bhāvana is a beneficial attitude
that is consciously cultivated
despite tendencies to the contrary”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33
With the spirit of Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33 in mind,
the cultivation of the four pillars is an inner practice
that can support a stepping, rather than stymieing,
onto our practice mat or seat through:
Cultivating a feeling of holding a distance from
the self-deprecation that can so often accompany
our attempts to elevate the quality of our inner life
and old responses to inner tensions and memories.
– Personal commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33