Patanjali suggests that parigraha
distracts the yogi from positive motivation. The yogi should do good because it is the right
thing to do, not because of material reward or even a sense of self-satisfaction.
Avoiding parigraha is one of the key
lessons in the Bhagavad Gita, which says a yogi should give up
possessions or attachments that hinder his/her yogic path. Doing so
frees the yogi from dependence on sensual and bodily demands,
allowing experience of the true Self at a deeper level. Eliminating
parigraha is one of the steps on the road to enlightenment and moksha
(spiritual liberation from cyclical rebirth).
In the context of a yoga class,
parigraha can manifest as the desire to perfect a pose someone else
has mastered, rather than accepting what one's own body is capable of doing.