Vritti – waves

«Vritti are of five types, and can be painful or not painful» (Yoga-sūtra, 1.5).

The word vritti can be translated as “wave”, “vortex”, “turn”, “turn around” and with many other nuances, most of which indicate a circular activity without beginning or end.

Like an ocean, the mind is crossed by waves of thought, which never allow to experience inner silence. We continually think about the past, we fantasize about the future, we are taken by what happens or what we believe happens, we are lost in the deep sea of ​​sleep, but rarely we leave a mental emptiness, a space to enter and understand how it is made the spirit beyond thought.

Vrittis are interconnected with emotions. If you are in a bad mood, your thoughts will also be negative. With negative thoughts, mood gets worse. You may actually be in a bad mood around Easter onwards, but it’s a shame that you let yourself be indisposed by this. You have the auspicious potential of Jupiter and in the last decade of the month the Trine Sun gives you concrete possibilities to implement the changes you want. Don’t be fooled by a a bad mood!


Ardha chandra-āsana, half moon pose

The moon can affect your mood but it can be the representation of grace too, transforming the mood into something beautiful. Repeat the pose every day for one minute per side.

Awareness exercise

Set an alarm clock at three different times of the day. When it sounds, be aware of what you were thinking. Observe what kind of vritti it is, if it is in the past, in the future, if it is realistic or presumed, if it is positive or negative.

Mantra of the month

«Only positive vritt».