Yoga Sutra Pantajali verse 1.12 abhyasa vairagyabhyam tat nirodhah
These thought patterns are mastered through practice (abhyasa) and non-attachment (vairagya).
Jo finally decided to lose her extra pounds – her motivation – to look and feel good. Her plan – to engage a personal trainer and to lose 5 kg by the end of 3 months. It was not an easy start for Jo as she could hardly recall when was the last time she exercised. Nevertheless the desire to gain control of her health (and body) drove her to exercise 6 times a week at 7am every morning. Jo has also taken a step further to change her diet by eating more greens and fruits. 8 months later, she is 8kg lighter, 2 dress size down and most importantly she feels stronger and healthier than before.
Jo’s story relates very well to the sutra. Even though her initial motivation was to lose weight, eventually it was her (improving) health that drove her consistent exercise regime. Through her persistency and undeterred faith, her efforts finally paid off. Now regular exercise and healthy eat habits are part her life.
The quality of our life is not dependent on the weighing scale but how we live each day by making the right choice for our body, mind and spirit! Most importantly, like Jo, having the disciplined mind, consistency and determination towards a higher goal – self-love and respect.