Sutra 1.14

Sutra 1-14 card

“A firmly grounded practice is one that occurs daily without strain or grudging participation. It is meaningful, inspired, focused….an anticipated time of connection to deeper levels of self….How can we tell if our practice has become firmly grounded? One simple answer is; when it is harder not to practice than to practice.”

– Reverend Jaganath Carrera, Inside the Yoga Sutras

“Practice is at the very least a lifelong commitment….if one maintains one’s practice, then eventually the mind becomes steadfast and concentrated. If one gives up one’s practice, however, one’s mind immediately becomes overwhelmed again. Hence this verse indicates that the practice of yoga has to be cultivated uninterruptedly and with devotion for a long period of time.”

– Edwin F. Bryant, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

“…let us not be like little children who sow a seed today and dig it up tomorrow to see how much the root went down…. If you are…patient, your mind is more settled, and what you do will be more perfect. If you are unsettled and anxious to get the result, you are already disturbed; nothing done with that disturbed mind will have quality. So, it is not only how long you practice, but with what patience, what earnestness, and what quality also.'”

–Sri Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

“…there is no flower bed, however perfected, that can counteract the relentless emergence of weeds if left unattended.”

– Edwin F. Bryant, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali