Skipping ahead again to yoga sutra 1.33, which states, Maitri karuna mudita upeshanam sikha dukha punya apunya vishayanam bhavanatah chitta prasadanam: In relationships, the mind becomes purified by cultivating feelings of friendliness towards those who are happy, compassion towards those who are suffering, goodwill towards those who are virtuous, and indifference towards those who we perceive as wicked.
This sutra speaks volumes. And its practicality is refreshing. Sutra 1.33 shows us how to behave towards anyone we might encounter. Instead of brooding with jealously towards those people who are better off than we are, we can become friendly. Instead of ignorance towards those who are suffering, we must practice compassion. Instead of contempt towards those who are virtuous, we can give good will. And instead of anger towards those we view as wicked, we can refuse to fuel the flame of evil by becoming emotionally neutral.
Such advice may sound logical, but to put it into practice takes a high degree of mindfulness. The mind easily falls back into its usual patterns when confronted with emotional triggers. To rewrite those patterns, especially if they are out of alignment with our own highest morals, takes some work.
This is where your yoga mat meets life. The equanimous mind, cultivated through yoga practice, will be needed when you encounter people who trigger your emotions. Remember yoga sutra 1.33 in such times to help you find balance and a mental state of peace. This practice will help you to view life from a new perspective—one free from attachments and aversions.