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Digital Subscriptions > OM Yoga Magazine > February 2018 > BREAKING THE MOULD


The five klesas: how to break free from our habitual patterns using yogic wisdom.

So many of us are caught in strong habitual behaviour: the perpetual rushing, the constant checking of the phone, the repetitive arguments with a loved one. How can yoga teach us to train the wild habitual horses to walk at the pace we want?

Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras might be around 1,700 years old but the advice to break the wheel of suffering is still relevant. In Sutra 2:2 Pantanjali talks about a path to happiness that is stopped by ‘the five klesas’ (or poisons). These are mental tendencies that are deeply woven into the mind. They affect us both mentally and emotionally and keep us from experiencing things as they are, only as how we see them…thus, keeping us in a continuous cycle of repetitive suffering.

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Welcome to our fab February issue. This month we’re counting down to Valentine’s Day with a special themed report exploring all aspects of love. Revamp your love life and your relationships — with yourself, with others, and even with chocolate — through yoga, tantra, meditation and a more heart-centred approach to life generally to discover a deeper meaning, clarity and connection with all around you. Whatever the question, love is the answer — and you’ll magnify its potent effects through yoga. Inside this issue, we’ve also got a wonderful mix of practical yoga instruction, including our regular 360º Yoga anatomy academy where we explore asanas in depth. Plus you’ll find stories of inspirational yogis and yoginis doing amazing things out in the big wide world. Make OM your go-to yoga read this month to keep you motivated on and off the mat. Have fantastic month, folks.