Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice: Patthabi Jois about Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha, and, incidentally, god

I love this video, I’ve watched it a dozen times and finally transcribed it.  It’s the founder of Ashtanga Yoga talking about the first yoga sutra from the ancient yoga sutras of Patanjali.

The video is below but one thing I love about it is that his answer to everything, including the question of how religion firs into yoga, is simpky: practice, practice, practice, practice.

The video is here: 


And here is my transcriptiin: 

Yoga means your mind controlling capacity, taking practice, that is yoga.

Yoga is chitta vritti nirodha.

“Chitta” means mind control.  Now your mind is not control you.

Your mind searching all the places.  That is not good.

[Q: is this practice spiritual or physical?]

A: Both.  Both.

[Q: if I’m not a so spiritual person, will I … the practice?]

A: You take practice.  Take this practice, automatically it is coming.  

That is take practice, practice, practice.  That is method.

Don’t ask theory.  Theory don’t want.  

Two methods is there — outside, inside.  

Outside method — practice asanas, pranayama.  Asana, yama, niyama, asana, pranamaya.

Inside — pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi — inside method.

Outside, correcting, possible.

Inside, not correcting, impossible.

You follow.  Keep practice, practice, practice, practice.

Last moment, inside, God is looking possible.

One month, two months, 1 year, 2 years, 10 years. No use.

Whole life.  Whole life is practice.

That is method.



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