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The Arch Enemy of the Yogi

The Yoga of Despair

There are some things in life we can never sufficiently prepare for. And in the end these things are usually the ones that truly matter.

It is here that one of life’s most profound paradoxes lies: that a life in pursuit of convenience and security is a soul-crushing one, slowly smothering us with its soft pillow of imagined comfort. Yet even when equipped with this insight we abhor the notion of the strain that growth inevitably comes with. This leaves us all too often resorting to the path of least resistance, instead of the interesting one.

It is this tendency that is the arch enemy of the yogi, against which the aspiring practitioner must raise her sword — even when the odds are bleak and promises of victory nowhere to be seen.

Kaisa and Christopher Leka
from Tour d’ Europe

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