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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About The Kleshas

You're probably facing one of these personal obstacles.

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Are you trying to overcome personal obstacles in your life—and your practice? You may want to refer to the five kleshas, the personal obstacles established in the Yoga Sutra. In this video, Aadil Palkhivala breaks down how to understand each of the kleshas. These concepts are critical, as they play a role in your relationships, your understanding of self—and your place in the world.

The more you understand the kleshas, the more you’ll be able to experience a sense of true freedom. You’ll be able to connect any personal problem in your life to one of these ancient concepts and learn how to better approach them.

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