"The best yogi is not one who is perfect from day one, but one who sees the patterns of suffering that they have contributed to and then works tirelessly to burn through those negative samskaras every day of their life. One step along the way towards living a more peaceful life is to change the negative samskaras into positive ones."
Samskaras are impressions that live in subconscious,old habits, cravings A Practice that keeps us aware is Key to our subconscious, The Breath, or our presence in the moment, is like a duster, it takes away what does not belong. Savasana, or sitting in silence too, is our chance to rest in stillness and let whatever new space we have created, soak in.
In order to eliminate negative Samskaras we need to create new positive ones, and we do that by being present in the moment. The practice of Ashtanga Yoga, and of mindful eating, both require doing the same ritual, set of actions everyday, they serve as a mirror, so you begin noticing your habits, mind reactions, subconcious reactions...all that hidden past stuff, which in Yoga is defined as Samskaras. A daily practice is like the key to the door of our subconscious, it gives us the chance to devote a certain amount of time a day to come face to face with ourselves, each day you unlock the door to your subconscious and with awareness, and breath you go in and begin cleaning up, putting order…resetting. The light of awareness creates the space to plug in to your truth, and your health.
Its like moving from winter into spring, you clean out your closet, you get rid of what you don't need, you clean everything that needs to be stored and you replace it with new things that will be useful to you in the new season. Practice of awareness allows us to create space for change, to go inside our subconscious and cleanse out habits or, Samskaras, that are enabling us to be in the present moment, emotionally.
The moment is always there for us to be in, it is old habits, Samskaras, that keep us away from it, it is up to us to plug in and make the change, unlock the key and dive in, clean out...and leave the place a little better then we found it.
What One new habit do you need to develop in your life?
What one old habit needs to go?
For more info on Samskaras refer to Yoga Sutras 1.5 &1.18 ..there are many more but these are nice to begin with :)and for mindful eating practice you can check out: "Mindful eating" by Jan Chozen Bays