Chapter 1, Verse 16
Enthusiasm, perseverance, discrimination, unshakeable faith, courage, avoiding the company of common people, are the six causes which bring success in yoga.
Chapter 1, Verse 15
Overeating, exertion, talkativeness, adhering to rules, being in the company of common people and unsteadiness (wavering mind) are the six causes which destroy yoga.
Of course my personal favorite is that adhering to rules is a cause to destroy yoga, because I’ve never met a rule I didn’t question, but also notice, there is only one common factor, the company we keep.
Please don’t take offense at the wording “common” people, the idea isn’t about hierarchy or haughtiness, simply that we need to find like-minded individuals who can share the path. When we share our experiences, our joys and challenges, we connect and that is a definition of yoga: connection.
And here we are in the modern world with modern technology, let’s use it to support one another and share our success and failures. In the end, I’m betting this new world of worldwide connection has a place for positive growth, not just another burden or divisiveness.
You can join a Google+ Hangout. I’ll have office hours with announced topics. And
here’s a short video about how to use it.
We have a Facebook Community that is NOT open to the world, just members. It’s a
safe place to connect, and it’s called Secret Group, which sounds kind of strange but I
believe it is best because it affords the most privacy. If you are in the group only you can
see the group, the posts, who else is in the group or any information about the group.
This allows us to feel free to express ourselves without being “seen” by Facebook folks
who may or may not be “good company” as we say.