Yoga in Nicaragua: Learning About the 5 Kleshas

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Five Kleshas are the root causes of suffering, the obstacles on the path
towards enlightenment. By traveling to foreign places, learning
about new cultures and other ways of
living we will understand our avidya, ignorance, which is the underlying
force of all forms of suffering. 


Patanjali’s Yoga in
Sutras is undoubtedly the best assistance
anyone can get for those who enjoy practicing Yoga. Sutra II.3 Book Two,
Sadhana Pada, the following is mentioned:

avidya = absence or forgetfulness of spirituality, ignorance of our true

asmita = egoism, I, me, myself, associations

raga = attachment, desirability or pulling toward, addiction

dvesha = aversion, dislike or rejecting hatred

abhinivesha = resistance toward loss or fear of death, craving for permanence

pancha = five

klesha = tinted, stricken, tainted, painful; the root klish means to
cause problems; (klesha is a noun from the adjective klishta)

As translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda this
sutra means ignorance, conceit, connected,
abhorrence, and grabbing onto physical life, and they are the five obstacles.

The Five Kleshas

The pancha kleshas are also known as five
obstacles or troubles of the mind. Avidya or ignorance, the first and the
biggest hurdle is the one that gives birth to all other obstacles. Ignorance
gives birth to self-obsession or attachment towards things. When you lose those
things or don’t get what you expect, you become hateful.


Attachment for things makes one afraid of
death and makes people attach to their physical bodies. This state of mind is
the ignorance of knowledge, which makes one forget the true self of things and
impermanent things are termed as permanent, impure things show up as pure,
painful things appear to be pleasant ones, and non-self seems to be self. True
self is eternal, which most of the people forget. Self is not just the physical
body, which most of us forget.

Continuous Disturbance of


In a modern and westernized society, the
kleshas or obstacles are always aggravating the average human being. One’s self
is ignorant and infinite — and this should never be forgotten. An individual
affected by the kleshas places more importance on his physical body and
appearance and materialistic attitude but seeking happiness in external things
and creating barriers. This ultimately leads to the disturbance in ones’ living
standards, and a human being doesn’t put sufficient effort into coming out of
this state. One should always focus on how they can make the world a better
place or helping and serving others, — instead of thinking or serving
themselves and how they can improve their physical state.

Good Qualities Can Be
Cultivated Through Yoga and Travel


From a personal point of view, yoga is a way
of life.
Ashtanga Yoga and
traveling to other countries like Nicaragua can help us to enhance our good
qualities and contribute to making our surroundings and the universe a better
place. Practicing yoga helps us differentiate ourselves from the negativity
that shrouds our inner being. We can certainly control the kleshas or obstacles
by surrendering ourselves into the practice of yoga. Yoga is a spiritual path
and can help dissipate the vices in us. We reveal our true inner self when we
let go of our ignorance and ego, which is possible when we practice yoga or


Traveling helps a person to observe and get
better at differentiating truth from illusion. If a person immerses themselves
in the beauty of nature in the form of landscapes, they will get to meet new
people, and experience the togetherness of working together experiences a new
culture, they are humbled. These observations connect of the person with the
real world and their true self. Thus, yoga and travel help cleanse ones’ mind,
diverts distracting thoughts, breaks ignorance, shatters ego and takes us steps
closer to the attainment of enlightenment. This dissolution of darkness brought
forth by the kleshas are shed by yoga and travelling, and enlightens a person
about his true self and the divinity that lies in nature and all natural


We offer yoga
teacher training Nicaragua
. We welcome
all yoga practitioners to join our ever growing community of yoga and
nature lovers. Make your teacher training experience special and plan a
trip to Nicaragua. Allow enough time before or after the intensive training so
that you can explore the country. Nicaragua is a small country making it easy
to travel from one coast to another in just a few days.