How yoga helps us be truly free – not just doing whatever we want

Some notes from a yoga class I took 3 years ago on the subject of freedom:
The teacher was talking a lot about freedom.  And she said freedom is not about just doing whatever you feel like doing — because then you are actually being captive to those internal forces that cause you to feel like doing one thing or another — cravings, desire, neuroses, fear, etc.So to really be free is to first free yourself of all of those internal drives — discover what it is you really want to do and then do what the intelligent self really wants to do.  That’s freedom.

And of course in order to do that first takes discipline – turning inward – focus on the self, the breath.

So first: free the mind with yoga; then let the intelligent self guide your action.  That’s real freedom.

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