Time flies faster and faster, we are rushing from one appointment to another, we are under pressure, pressing ourselves in expectations, seeking fulfillment, recognition, success … and suffer from our own lives.
We suffer from it when we cannot switch off in the evenings or when we are already at work with our mind on Sunday. We suffer from restlessness, migraines, back pain, chronic fatigue, illness, depression, burn-out, mental breakdown or other mental disorders … The list is long.
Yoga philosophy has defined the phenomenon of suffering under the so-called Kleshas. These are schemes, unconscious patterns and inner tendencies. You are responsible for how we perceive certain objects, topics or people, how we think and act about them. These result from our subjective feelings, our experiences and what we have learned in the past.
Patañjani named five different causes for this:
- Avidya – we perceive things differently than they actually are
- Asmita – is suffering from your own arrogance or feelings of inferiority
- Raga – describes greed or the resulting lack of feeling when nothing is good enough for us
- Dvesha – is the fear or dislike of difficult / painful situations
- Abhinivesha – stands for fear of change or failure, especially fear of existence and future, but also fear of illness and death
The main cause of our suffering is the general dissatisfaction. We reject our feelings, suppress or resist them.
We have lost that connection to ourselves, often we do not know what we actually need or ignore the inner voice.
This results in a fragmentation of ourselves, which determines our external search for happiness, contentment and fulfillment. A fragmented person is in the so-called escape mode, our nervous system is constantly tensed and unbalanced. We feel comfortable in pleasant situations because they are good for us. But if we are out of balance, we cling back to such moments and not living in the moment.
Yoga has a direct and positive effect on our nervous system through various breathing and movement techniques. A balanced nervous system leads to stability and flexibility, which in turn gives us more energy and resilience. By breathing we can not only regulate the depth of our breath, but also our feelings, moods and thoughts.At the same time, we get to know ourselves better through yoga practices. We learn to listen and accept ourselves. We are able to recognize which Kleshas work in us and are enabled to name the cause of our suffering.
As soon as we find the connection to ourselves again, we are able to answer the question
“Who am I?”and thus, answer the search for our passion.