Saucha, the first of Patanjali’s niyamas or observances, refers to the physical, mental and spiritual freedom that purity offers. Purity is the result of clearing away clutter of the mind, body and speech. The practice of Saucha honors the Self and others, allowing one to experience increasing calm and stability even in the most difficult of
Letting go of our own embroidered images and identities is a sure way to open the mind. The layers of amour we employ in the way of objects, roles, images (the right clothes, the right address, the right friends), all of these act to obscure our true nature. Patanjali tells us that even if these identities are part of our day to day life, they need not overburden us, and that they can never be a true reflection of who we are
Yoga is a physical practice with a strong philosophical, spiritual component that offers a deep inner peace through radical self acceptance. In this article we’ll explore the possibilities of weight loss and ultimately balance in ones life, through the expression of Aparigraha in yoga practice.
Wholeness is a state of being that recognizes and appreciates every other soul, as the reflection of the self. The life energy that animates you and I, also flows through and around every plant, animal, body of water, soil and through the atmosphere. The difficulty comes when we begin to see ourselves as separate; separate from each other, inferior, superior, broken or disconnected. Separation creates an emptiness that desperately needs to be filled. We long to be
Surrendering to the truth can be a daunting task, especially where one has experienced hardship in life, but the type of surrender that Patanjali offers will lead one to a place of equanimity, contentment and peace of
The eight limbed path (proposed in the 7th Century AD as part of the “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”), describes the significance of yoga. Patanjali’s work is a formal and systematized book – on yoga as a discipline of mind, body and spirit. The yoga practice that occurred 5000 yrs ago is even more relevant today. It is meant to quiet the mind and to find peace within, on the road to self discovery. It offers a realistic practice that helps one to meet difficult situations with courage and
Struggle, judgment, conflict, anger or dreams of retribution take up too much space in the average mind, and too much time in the average day. Our stress level is mounting, and our tolerance scarce. Can yoga help us to accept what is, with reasonable understanding and from a place of calm? From corporate executives, to weight lifters, dancers, elderly and children, every person can unwind and benefit from a new
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