The Six Poisons Video
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The Six Poisons

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Watch out! In this short lecture, Ryan Leier lays down the 6 poisons on the path of yoga. The Yogis (Patanjali, Svatmarama) ancient, but vital teachings are brought to life in an accessible way.


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taupelamb, posted on February 4, 2015

excellent balance with the 6 positives and 6 negatives. Cute Canuck reference with the root of the cour de courage. My lesson in this is going to be to look at my lifelong chattiness; good luck with this says I.

cheryldigges, posted on February 1, 2015

Love this, thank you, Ryan.

AnitaEMc2, posted on February 13, 2014

Loved, loved, loved this video, or is that over doing it?:) Will be sharing it with my loved ones. Many good lessons.

WendyMarie, posted on December 28, 2013

This lesson is so helpful. Thank you, Ryan!

RosemaryElen, posted on September 2, 2013

@Linenlotus @Linenlotus Hey :) I used to be a smoker too! I actually didn't start smoking properly until I went to rehab (hahaha I know). I'd put everything else down so I had to cling on to something! Esp given the heavy going emotional work we were doing. After coming back it took me about three years to stop properly - to get to the point where I didn't want to smoke ever again, and when I see people smoking now, I have an almost physical reaction to it - like, ergh!! I'm glad I'm not doing that, whereas before it would have been ooooo that looks nice! Yoga and meditation definitely helped me let go of it. The more comfortable I got with myself, the more healthy I craved to be. I noticed that the more I beat myself up for smoking, the more I clung on to it. However when I accepted that at that time, I wanted to smoke and just let myself do it without turning myself into the devil, I chilled out about it and craved it much less! I wasn't a "lesser being" or an "unspiritual person" or "awful" because I was smoking. No way! I just knew that it was going to fall away when it really wasn't serving me any more - when I didn't "need" it, and sure enough that happened - eventually :) The more confident I felt, the more in the moment, less stressed and REACTIVE I was, the less I wanted to smoke. It just faded from my life naturally. I tried to stop many times before I was ready and I always started again. When I stopped properly I KNEW I had, and I knew I just didn't WANT to anymore. I didn't get any cravings, and I didn't need to buy any patches, or nicotine inhalers, or any of the things I needed before! I think one of the keys is to dig a little deeper. If there are things stopping you from looking after yourself, maybe check them out a little - with kindness, curiosity, and a cigarette if you want one! Rehab, and then yoga, meditation, counseling, and a lot of trial and error, helped me let go of it. Keep reminding yourself that it's BRILLIANT that you're on the path you're on already! You eat really healthily, you do yoga, you're on a good path!! It's a really brave whether people realize it or not, because facing yourself can be so, so challenging. But so, so worth it! Maybe instead of saying "DAM I SMOKED AGAIN I'M A HOPELESS IDIOT!! "(I used to say that sort of thing, I'm not saying you do!!), maybe try something like "I am going to give myself a major pat on the back because really, I'm pretty awesome, and it's brilliant that I'm looking at this stuff, and that I'm developing awareness around it - many people go their whole lives without doing this once, and that's not to put them down, but just to give myself some acknowledgement that what I'm doing is important. I'm a person who is prepared to be curious about how to live, and try new things. I'm on a good path. Who cares if I take a detour now and then, I'm a human, and that's what we do. When I'm ready, the cigarettes will go." Concentrate on all the good stuff your doing and congratulate yourself for that, instead of being really mean to yourself when you do the things you don't think you "should" be doing. Sure cigarettes are bad for you, but you're not a "bad" person for smoking them. I knew alcohol and drugs were bad for me but that didn't stop me guzzling them up at every opportunity!! But, when I realized what I was doing, and that I didn't want that life anymore, stepping out of the denial and checking stuff out helped me let it go. I knew I could do it, it just took a bit of time. YOU CAN DO IT!!!! (Just maybe not in the time schedule you want hehehe) :) :) :)

Bassmix662000, posted on November 8, 2015

I picked-up smoking when I went to rehab as well! Still trying to kick it; I'm a light smoker but now that I commute 45 min. two days a week to work, I'll smoke about 6 cigs those days; especially if I hit a meeting as well. Your post gives me hope!

myah, posted on August 4, 2013

I am a smoker who has all of your symptoms and ideals. I have cut down to 3-6 a day now using a mini vivinova e-smoke. It is helping me go further in my running and yoga since I was smoking a pack a day not long before and I was down to 1 a day shortly after I started using the e-smoke. I am starting classes to become a yoga teacher in September and I know once I learn to sit still...Whether in this class or another this habit will go away naturally. Smoking for me is a physical manifestation of my fear and resistance. As I work on these smoking fades away. Hope this helps. We are not crazy us health obsessed smokers. We hang on too tight. I commit t facing this dark side that comes when the smoke is gone I wish you the best of luck with this and thank you for your post I am glad I mam not alone.

Linenlotus, posted on August 4, 2013

I am a smoker. I am addicted to quitting some say. Once I quit for a year not too long ago. I started again to punish myself. Sick. But true. Having a rough go at quitting these days. I make it to day 3 and by then I feel like a monster and stuck in the dark side of things. I feel that by putting this comment out there I am being true and not hiding behind a mask of what I want to be. Smoking has held me back spiritually forever. However I am a total weirdo because I am vegan and anti Monsanto like crazy and buy my food at local organic fruit stand garden markets. And then light up. Such is life. Any thoughts are welcome, any.

flaviasantos, posted on June 9, 2013

@botanicaldimensions Think about Madre Teresa: she helped the dirty, but didn't get dirty. :-)

1blaze, posted on January 6, 2013

love the beard

ryanleier, posted on November 9, 2012

@mariavoici OM

ryanleier, posted on November 9, 2012

@botanicaldimensions thanks for this. I hope you can find your way as a healer. I believe in PRACTICE as well. Keep your self CLEAR with your practice and make sure you say your prayers and remember BOUNDARIES. Good luck, make sure the depressed do some back bending!!! LOVE

botanicaldimensions, posted on November 6, 2012

This video definitely leaves me with some work to do. Ryan, or those who read this and can answer, I'm wondering what you think about therapists. I've realized my purpose in life to be a healer, I want to teach yoga and use mindfulness as a tool to help those who are stuck in delusion. I'm particularly interested in depression. How does a therapist fit in with the sixth poison? Sometimes I'm very sensitive to others' energy and easily take their emotions upon myself. My best guess is that resilience will come with practice.

Thank you for your wisdom, namaste.

mariavoici, posted on October 29, 2012

really nice - good length for after a practice, direct -thank you

ryanleier, posted on October 25, 2012

@Ratty I hope the pregnancy goes well! You might want to check out a version Hatha Yoga Pradipika if you haven't as well as Yoga Beneath the Surface with Ramaswami or any book by Indra Devi. Also Vanda Scaravelli and Dona Holleman are amazing! LOVE

ryanleier, posted on October 11, 2012

Hey Loves! hope y'all are not overdoing, overeating, overtalking these days! Someone asked about books. I would recommend any of BKS Iyengar's books and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika is amazing. Keep practicing y'all see you on Facebook or here in Cyberspace! LOVE

Yogamckenzie, posted on October 10, 2012

Right on! Thanks for putting this out there. I appreciate the authenticity.

vegandebra, posted on October 4, 2012

I love the information and presentation. Bringing up Hitler being vegetarian though- I am sure he would have been insane if he were not veg. I have been vegan 12 years, and it has worked great for me with no insanity. I do know what Ryan is getting at because I have met some strange vegetarians. I know with eating a healthy, varied diet that vegetarianism is the perfect ahimsic diet. Doing yoga put us in touch with what foods make us feel good.... or how overeating feels bad (afterwards).

montlake, posted on October 4, 2012

Nice combination of depth, broadness of knowledge, and humor!

fuzzarelly, posted on October 2, 2012

haha this is great! very clear and insightful info. thank you

vagnerzoey, posted on October 1, 2012

at overexertion i laughed. this was very helpful thank you <3

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dhammond, posted on October 1, 2012

Words to practice and live by!

taichi, posted on September 30, 2012

wonderful. love it

HaliCat, posted on September 30, 2012

Thank You Ryan & please keep these little lectures coming..... Namaste.

yogikaren, posted on September 30, 2012

Thank you Ryan. Namaste.

Slynnhurley, posted on September 29, 2012

Food for my soul!

romanjames, posted on September 28, 2012

I loooooovvvvvvve this guy! He is what's up!

anamaria1972, posted on September 27, 2012

myyogaonline should include more videos like this, the yoga path is not only the physical part, but also we need to nurture the soul.

nfrankchase, posted on September 27, 2012

It's funny that, as I've consistently pursued my yoga practice, without any effort, avoiding these poisons has simply 'become so' - I didn't ever worry or think about it, being 'so' came naturally out of my practice.

How sweet is that :) Namaste!

BlissFULLHeart, posted on September 27, 2012

Thank you! Sweet Sweet wonderful knowledge....mmmmm...delicious :p

luchik77, posted on September 26, 2012

Thank you!

OctoberMiss, posted on September 26, 2012

This video resonated a lot with me , id noticed these things as my practice has come along and feel like they're really important for our wellbeing. A video is a great way to share these teachings so thank you :)

AmandaKZ, posted on September 26, 2012

Words to live by! Thanks for this sweet short message.

Ratty, posted on September 26, 2012

Ahhhh you smile with your eyes. Thank you Ryan! Such wise words. Do you possibly have any great books you can please recommend on the same subject? I've just found out I'm pregnant and would love to practice your teachings over the forthcoming months to ensur a happy mind and a happy healthy baby. P.s Great beard :o)

CavemanBob, posted on September 3, 2014

There are moments at the end of your sentences where you mumble a bit. Have my laptop at full-volume here and there were moments where I was straining to hear you over the air-conditioning. Maybe talk to your sound gal and see if she can use the full band. I'll turn down the AC. Thanks for making this video. Very relevant and timely given the pervasive culture.



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