“The greatest obstacle to the practice is one’s own prejudices
based on one’s own preferences”
हानमेषां क्लेशवदुक्तम् ॥२८॥
hānam-eṣāṁ kleśavad-uktam ॥
I’m contemplating this sutra a lot recently; it’s the backdrop to my practice. It’s intrigued me since my teacher first introduced me to it. What are these preferences? In the physical body? Or deeper than that? From where do they arise? And how are preferences a hindrance to practice?
Of course it all starts with āsana, that’s the practice ground. The body is my temple the āsanas are my prayers. I’m trying to observe what my preferences are — classes of poses, particular variations of an āsana, habitual modifications that perhaps I’ve outgrown now, inhale or exhale, left or right. Observation is the first skill. Then I trust I’ll find some wisdom to proceed.