June 28 Sutra Study Reading – Introducing the Concept of Karma


Our next meeting of the Yoga Sutra Discussion Group will be on Sunday, June 28th at 11:00am. The next reading is of the next three Yoga Sutras that introduce the concept of karma.

  • Sutra II.12 : The accumulated imprints of past lives, rooted in afflictions, will be experienced in present and future lives.
  • Sutra II.13 : As long as the root of action exists, it will give rise to class of birth, span of life and experiences
  • Sutra II.14 : According to our good, bad, or mixed actions, the quality of our life, its span, and the nature of birth are experienced as being pleasant or painful.

Karma can be a tricky concept sometimes, however I think we tend to simplify our understanding of it. It is not a prerequisite to yoga to believe in reincarnation. Our actions here and now have consequences in this life. To become aware of the concept of action, reaction, and consequence through the lens of yoga allows us to live a more stable, productive, and forward moving life no matter what comes after.

Contemplations for Discussion:

  • Can you acknowledge or pinpoint habits, afflictions, or patterns in your life creating a vicious cycle? Even generational and historical ways of thinking and doing and reacting that continue to show up? Are there ways you might try to change or dismantle those seemingly “set-in-stone” patterns?
  • How responsible do you feel you are for your own reactions and feelings – good or bad ?
  • What would an example of a “good”, “bad”, or “mixed” action be?
  • Have you found that the practice of yoga has brought to light any habits of action and reaction for you? Any surprising or unexpected consequences that have made noticeable shifts in your life?

As always, I look forward to the study and discussion! Hope to see you then!

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Jennie Williford CIYT

Jennie Williford (CIYT Level 3) is a transplant to LaCrosse via Montana, Illinois, and originally Texas. Throughout her life moves and 5 trips to India, Jennie has acquired a well-rounded and multi-faceted approach to Iyengar Yoga since her start in 1998. Jennie loves the experimental and explorative nature of yoga in accessing deeper knowledge of the Self on every level. The practice of yoga can be intense and introspective, however as practitioners we can be light-hearted and open-minded in our discipline. Jennie is intrigued by the philosophy of yoga and hopes to share this depth of subject while teaching the physical and mental benefits that come from the practice of posture.