Yoga Sutras 1.21-1.22: Levels of Practice
In sutras 1.21 and 1.22, nine levels of practice and commitment are
described, along with three further divisions for those doing intense
practice. From those, you choose one of nine levels of practice and
commitment for yourself. Everybody can progress and can have direct
experience, and it is very useful to be aware where you are in your
practices; great freedom can come from that awareness.
1.21 Those who pursue their practices with intensity of feeling,
vigor, and firm conviction achieve concentration and the fruits
thereof more quickly, compared to those of medium or lesser intensity.
1.22 Because the methods may be applied in slow, medium, or speedy
ways, even among those who have such commitment and conviction, there
are differences in the rate of progress, resulting in nine grades of