Causes of Suffering – Themes & Readings for Yoga Teachers

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Theme Readings Overview

In this curation of readings, we explore teachings about suffering, as defined in yoga philosophy.


Be prepared to guide students in an exploration of suffering and relief from suffering, from the perspective of yoga philosophy.


Describe the fundamental cause of suffering, as taught in yoga philosophy. Define dukha and sukha, and explain how they are related to suffering. Describe what we feel when experiencing sukha. Explain why truth seekers might tend to become more aware of suffering. Describe the difference between pain and suffering and the key to preventing suffering.

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