T-Ph04. Abhyasa and Vairagya

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Abhyasa and Vairagya describe the dual pathways of action and renunciation.  This subject examines the important role they play within practice and teaching.

In the Yoga Sutras Patanjali gives the 2 general means of practice. In the opening chapter he indicates Abhyasa/ Vairagya (Action and renunciation) for those who are supremely intense in their efforts and, in the second chapter he provides a second set of practices called kriyayoga – Tapas/ Svadhyaya/ Ishvara pranidhana; for those of more moderate means.