yoga philosophy

Yoga Philosophy – contentment

Yoga Sutra 2.42; santosha anuttamah sukha labhah “From an attitude of contentment (santosha), unexcelled happiness, mental comfort, joy, and satisfaction is obtained.” The final 4 Niyamas (still on the second limb of 8 limbs of Yoga) are my favourites, I’m not sure you are supposed to have favourites when it comes to Yoga philosophy, but complete honesty always! Contentment, true

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Yoga Philosophy on Purity

Moving on from the first limb, of 8, to the second limb of which is Niyama – 5 practices that deal with our personal code of conduct within the world. These are disciplines which, when practiced mindfully and compassionately, will lead to a deeper state of being. To practice these reveals your Truth, and strips back all the crap that

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5th and final Yama – non-grasping

The end of the first step of Yoga – yes we are only at the beginning. The 5th and final Yama is Aparigraha. 2.39 – aparigraha sthairye janma kathanta sambodhah Aparigraha = non-grasping, non-possesivness. When we walk the path of Yoga this includes a conscious letting go of grasping, wanting what is not ours, or desiring what is others. As

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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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3rd Yama – non-stealing

2.37 pratisthayam sarva ratna upasthanam When non-stealing (asteya) is established all jewels, or treasures, present themselves, or are available to the Yogi. The third Yama (the first step in Yoga) is Asteya, or non-stealing. Clearly if you are a good person you do not steal from others, but what defines stealing? If you use a quote you have heard as your own,

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2nd Yama – Truth

The next step within the first limb of Yoga is Satya, or truthfulness. “Satya brings whatever is willed: For one who increasingly practices honesty or truthfulness in actions, speech, and thoughts, his or her will is naturally fulfilled.” Swami Jnaneshvara I consider myself to be an extremely, often bluntly, honest person which can come across as being tactless or even

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