Raga & Dvesha (Grasping & Repulsion) – Kleshas for Yoga Teachers

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we delve into teachings related to the third and fourth kleshas, raga (grasping) and dvesha (repulsion).


Examine raga (grasping) and dvesha (repulsion) and be prepared to lead students in an exploration of these topics.


Describe raga and dvesha and explain how they’re related to the universal desire to be happy. Be clear that sutra 2.7 does not label desire as bad. Give examples of how we come to realize that the tendencies to grasp and avoid cause suffering. Explain how yoga practice help practitioners with regard to raga and dvesha.

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