Yoga: State of mind, which one is yours?

Which state of mind do you have?

If you missed previous post, check it out here because there is an useful introduction  to understand this post.

First of all, The state of mind  in the Yoga Sutra have 5 different status:

  • Restless
  • Infatuated
  • Distracted
  • One-Pointed
  • Suspended

Restless Mind

In this mind Rajas is predominant and because of this it’s unlike to become a Yogi. The mind has connection with Hyperactivity. This excess of movement with one thought chasing the next, it doesn’t give the right approach to discipline.

Infatuated Mind

Another status of mind it’s infatuated and in this Tamas it’s predominant. Because of this Guna, also this mindset is not a good help for those practicing Yoga. Usually this mind tent to focus on the body and external benefit. In some cases just focusing on material things as money.

Distracted Mind

No Guna are predominant. The Guna comes depends on the impulse that the person gives. Almost all of Beginner Yogi or those who are very interested in Yoga has this mindset. Who likes to become a Yogi has the goal to move from this status to One-Pointed. This state of mind is called distracted because it’s confused and  also oscillating. Goal of Yoga is to find balance and achieve the One-pointed mind. For this type of mind it’s very easy to achieve it by my following the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga

One-pointed Mind

Sattva in this status is predominant. This Guna is the best that drive us to liberation. The intelligence and our actions are not polluted as consciousness and have this freedom make us more focused.

Suspended Mind

Finally, This is the best Mind for a Yogi. No Guna are predominant in this state of mind. This is the Goal, more than One pointed mind that Yogi rather achieve. The intelligence is pure and also can see from the inner hearth. This mind is also associated with divine truth and is possible to reach Samadhi because the mind is not oscillating either focused, just suspended.

So in which categories you feel to be? Well it doesn’t matter which is your status because The path of Yoga it leads you to liberation.  Don’t compare yourself to anybody else. Each path is unique and each path has its own difficulties.



A Yoga Teacher with the passion of Calisthenics. I've been studying Yoga in India and I got the 200Hr Certificate as Ashtanga Teacher. I have been curious always about free body workout and now I have abandoned weight already 4 years.

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