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Stealing a few quiet minutes with Michael Stone's new book this morning before rolling out to practice. You philosophy wonks are familiar with the 2nd Sutra, right? The one in which Patanjali defines yoga?

1.2 Yoga citta vrtti nirodha

In case your Sanskrit's a little rusty, that's usually translated to mean something like "yoga is the cessation of the misidentification with the fluctuations of the mind." Whew, I know. Not exactly the definition you expected? Were you expecting something more along the lines of touching your toes while balancing on your right elbow in a hot pink sports bra?

Yeah, no.

So Stone translates the 2nd Sutra just a wee bit differently. And I like his spin. Try this on for size:

Yoga citta vritti nirodha.
Yoga is the intimacy that's left when there is no
(mis)-identification with the elaborations of the mind.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.


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