05 Oct Patanjali Yoga Sutra Ch 1, Sutra 10 (Parisamvad)
Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute.
Chapter 1, Sutra 10
Seven to eight hours of sleep or rest is a must. We use our mind too much. So even if you get up early, don’t think. Thought is action, just rest. Do Savasana, Nishpandbhava, Dradhasana, Makrasana,but don’t think. There are various classifications in sleep – orthodox sleep, REM sleep, etc. At least 2 ½ hours of sleep is a must. The other hours could be reduced by meditation, by slow Pranayama, Asanas, relaxation techniques, music, etc. The sleep can be reduced from 8 hours to 5 hours or 4 hours depending on the purpose. Unnecessarily reducing sleep will not be right. One has to consciously experience a relaxed and peaceful state.”
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