The Imminent and Transient

The topic of ‘Injury‘ in asana practice has always fascinated me. Over years of traveling I have met Yogis who have had asana injuries which have made them feel ‘lesser than normal Yogis’. I wonder what makes them push themselves over the edge, what makes them greedy enough to take their body for granted and suffer.

This question brings us to a very important point mentioned in the books of yoga (Katha-Upanishad), the concept of Shreyas and Preyas. Shreyas and Preyas are two paths mentioned in the Upanishad. The simplest meaning of the paths is basically the ‘perspective’ with which you look at things. ‘Shreyas’ is the path of lasting good and ‘Preyas’ is the path of immediate satisfaction. Continue reading “The Imminent and Transient”