From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Styāna literally means langour’.

The Yogasutras of Patañjali[1] lists nine antarāyas or obstacles to yoga.[2] Styāna[3] is the second of such obstacles. It is mental laziness and has to be overcome by great will power and self-effort.


  1. He lived in 200 B. C.
  2. Yogasutras 1.30
  3. Styāna means apathy or langour.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore