Yoga Sutra 2.48

Exploring the Sutras

Lesson 10: Sutra 2.48

Tata dvandva anabhighataha 2.48 Yoga Practice (asana for sure) can make the impossible possible.

Well, this is the last blog post for this summer session of Yoga Revolutionaries. I hope you all have enjoyed this introduction to the yoga sutras as much as I have loved writing it. I always teach these ten sutras that I have shared this summer as the introduction to the study of Patanjali. As you can see, I draw from books 1 and 2 as they are the lofty ideals as well as the practical work.

This is the duality that is yoga and is the part that I love the most; yoga is art and science. I gravitate towards the practical in general so the art of yoga is what I need. I guess we all really do end up getting what we need and not always what we think we want. Pretty sure there’s a Rolling Stones reference in there..ha ha. So, let’s focus on this magnificent sutra for now. This sutra is from the second book, Sadhana Pada, which refers to our practice. This is the 48th sutra and it falls in with the three that are considered to be most related to asana practice. I taught sutras 46 and 47 over the last two weeks and this is the culmination of the trinity. So many people feel intimidated of certain yoga poses when they first see them and their reaction is usually something like, “I’ll never be able to do that!” The beauty of the practicality of yoga is that through steady practice and sincere effort we can do almost anything. This sutra tells us that if we do this, then the things in our life that seem to be obstacles can be overcome. These obstacles come in many forms. They include things like your age, weight, sex, race, intelligence level, physical state, and what we do for work. Since it is impossible to truly separate the body from the mind, it only makes sense that if we take care of our body with asana practice, then we can be more clear in our minds. Attempting to compartmentalize these aspects of our being, body, mind, emotions, never works our too well for anyone. It doesn’t make sense to think that we can do asanas on our mats and then be mean off the mat and expect spiritual enlightenment. If we treat our body like the temples they are, we can create a space inside to further our self exploration and study. For example, if we have lower back pain all we can think about is our back pain. It takes precedence over everything else in our lives. However, if we can use an asana practice to relieve that back pain, then we can find the freedom to sit and meditate and get deeper into the workings of our mind. Opening the body absolutely helps to open the mind!

Tata dvandva anabhighataha means that through practice we can mitigate the seemingly impossible effects of life and can actually do what seemed impossible. I truly believe that sincere practice of yoga including the asanas can make the impossible possible. I know that there are poses that you thought you couldn’t ever do when you first began yoga and now you re doing them! That is what this sutra is all about. So, keep doing yoga and let me know how things are going!

In Peace and with namaste and aloha,

Nicki Doane Maya Yoga Studio, Maui HI

Nicki Doane