Yoga Sutra 1.30 and a Japa Practice

Yoga Sutra 1.30 from the Yoga Sutras states…

The nine obstacles or forms of mind distractions are given; Sickness, Rigidity, Doubt, Negligence, Laziness, Incontinence, Wrong perception, State of not obtaining any degree of deep meditation and the inability to maintain a state of deep meditation.

Yoga Sutra 1.30 speaks to the obstacles that face us everyday. A Japa practice is a great way to overcome some of these obstacles.

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What does Yoga Sutra 1.30 mean?

This Sutra is pretty self-explanatory. We have obstacles that keep us from achieving the things we want to achieve. The Sutra lays out nine different obstacles. To overcome these obstacles, I would recommend the following:

Sickness: work to create a healthy lifestyle (23 Powerful Changes for a Healthy Lifestyle)

Rigidity: be flexible with your routines

Doubt: have self-confidence (The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are)

Negligence: finish what you start (the key to this is having a planner that works for you, I use Dailygreatness Yoga Journal: Your Masterplan For A Beautifully Conscious Life)

Laziness: develop routines in your life (23 Powerful Changes for a Healthy Lifestyle and 13 Habits for the Perfect Evening Routine)

Incontinence: take control of all aspects of your life (Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!)

Wrong Perception: work to see things for what they are (The Happiness Trap)

Not Obtaining or Maintaining Deep Meditation: have a Japa practice (I have these simple Mala beads to use during my Japa practice)

More on the Yoga Sutras

The Yoga Sutras are thousands of years old. They lay out the teachings of yoga and are easily applied to modern life.

If you are interested in the Sutras, check out Yoga Sutra 2.46 and Staying Calm During Yoga.



Abby is a teacher (RYT 200) and student of yoga, passionate about her yoga journey and helping others on theirs. She is the blogger behind Journeys of Yoga, a second-grade teacher and a contributing writer at TryBelle Magazine. Learn more about Abby. You can also contact her here.