This citta-vrtti (mind spin/bias), characterized by specific recurring thought patterns and activities, is both the result of our past programs and patterns of conditioning, which limit our experience of the Primordial Now awareness, and also the source of future citta-vrtti (until that cycle of citta-vrtti is broken). Therefore, it is the vrtti (with its concomitant samskaras, kleshas, vasana, and karma), which is the operating principles of avidya (unawareness or limited awareness), which in turn are the causal constituents of the spiritual disconnect/discontinuity. These afflictive operating mechanisms (vrtta) must be identified and released. Authentic yoga practice in turn cancels out, annuls, and releases (nirodha) these vrtti, not by ignoring them, but by recognizing them as-they-are. Once they are recognized, they can be released into the clear light of awareness. When they are so released (vairagya), then the self luminous love of samadhi can shine through without obstruction. When we have this realization we are thus enabled to reconnect -- reuniting eternal spirit with our embodiment -- as a manifestation of living love in the present, thence it is said that we abide in our own true self nature (swarupa). Thus yoga is defined as the process which removes the vrtti while the corpus of yoga are the processes and applications of the techniques (sadhana) which attenuate and releases (nirodha) the acquired component stains upon pure consciousness (cit), thus allowing a balance, harmony, and synchronicity to occur between our consciousness and our actual state of being or rather the unitive state of pure consciousness, pure beingness, and pure bliss co-arise (sat-cit-ananda). Then yoga is clearly known as the process that brings us back into our natural true state (swarupa).
Plus 40 years ago, even young men weren’t talking about this shite. We’d make jokes about not bending over in the showers. Yet what would one do if you were actually molested or worse (raped). So I totally understand where these women are coming from as they were taught even more a code of silence (and especially (and probably even more so) in the American South). I’m fortunate that I grew up in the Upper Midwest, which wasn’t a cake walk, yet I still consider it light years ahead of growing up in the many other regions of the USA (yet that is also my white privilege speaking). I don’t think Minnesota was the best place for a Native American or some minorities, then. And also not for women (especially in rural areas if you go back and look up the case of the Willmar 8). https:///minnesota-history/2013/06/1977-boss-tells-willmar-8-we-re-not-all-equal-you-know-strike-ensues
And why we still need the ERA. Thanks for nothing many states and Republicans, even today.
PS … I’m lucky that my mother was in a well paying (white collar) Union job in the 1960s and 1970s. It paid well when my dad was sick/disabled. So we were middle class. I thank Unions for also bringing many people, including women out of poverty. End of my soapbox.