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The Philosophy Of Pain: A Most Persistent Teacher

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Teachasana.com | Comments Off on The Philosophy Of Pain: A Most Persistent Teacher

Recently, while reading Light on Life by B.K.S Iyengar, I came to a section of the book that focused on pain. I found myself underlining, double underlining, and starring even more than usual. Something about this topic really had my attention! “Pain,” Iyengar writes, “is a great philosopher. It thinks constantly how to get rid of itself and demands discipline.” He goes on to talk about how pain focuses our attention, and can be a very persistent teacher. Some key lessons from pain include the following: Avoiding pain is not the same thing as coping with it. As Yoga teachers, we work with many people who have pain. One of my clients, a dancer, came to see me in my...

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