Yoga Philosophy – Surrender to the Divine

Yoga sutra 2.45 samadhi siddhih ishvarapranidhana ‘From an attitude of letting go into one’s source (ishvarapranidhana), the state of perfected concentration (samadhi) is attained.’ Swami Jnaneshvara The 5th and final Niyama, Ishvara Pranidhana or surrender to the Divine. We, in the west, tend to find this difficult to grasp as for many of us religion is an uncomfortable concept and

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Yoga Philosophy – Self Study

Getting to the pointy end of the Niyama’s, the second limb of 8 limbs of Yoga, we find ourselves at Svadhyaya – self study. Yoga Sutra 2.44  svadhyayat ishta devata samprayogah From self-study and reflection on sacred words (svadhyaya), one attains contact, communion, or concert with that underlying natural reality or force. The study of the self, whether it be

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4th Yama – Moderation

brahmacharya pratisthayam virya labhah  Sutra 2.38 – ‘When walking in the awareness of the highest reality (brahmacharya) is firmly established, then a great strength, capacity, or vitality (virya) is acquired.’ Swami Sri Vidya With these posts I am trying to bring a little simplicity into Yoga Philosophy, it is not an easy task, however the teachings of Yoga are very

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How to meditate (and what not to expect)

There most regular comment I get in regards to meditation is “I just cannot stop thinking.” You are not alone! And you do not need to stop thinking to be meditating, you just need the discipline to sit your butt down, every day, and do it! For me meditation began by doing just that, just sitting. From here I began

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Craving and aversion

These two pull us in different directions day after day, week after week, throughout most of our lives until we give in or give up. We all crave pleasurable sensations, a rich creamy piece of chocolate or a cosy bed in the middle of winter. We all avoid things that hurt or annoy us. But that which feels good not

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Keeping up with the ‘Jones’s’

So much of life could be spent trying to keep up with those around us, but really, what a crap way to live? It all begin’s when we start school. Already my daughter has told me about girls in her class telling her that they don’t ‘poo or fart’ ?! So this sets a standard in her mind that she

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