In modern society, we’ve all heard of “The Pursuit of Happiness”. Instead, what do I mean when I say The Happiness of Pursuit? And why does it matter to us as Yoga practitioners?
As a yoga practitioner (or Abhyasi, if you prefer), perusing the Yoga Sutras of Sage Patañjali (पतञ्जलि, pronounced: Puh-tun-juh-lee) is a must. Let us explore two more concepts here that can add to the Wealth of our Life: Vairāgya (वैराग्य) and Viveka (विवेक). Invocation Prayer for Sage Patañjali: योगेन चित्तस्य पदेन वाचां मलं शरीरस्य च वैद्यकेन। योऽपाकरोत्तंContinue reading “2 V’s for a Wealthy Life”
Recently, I started telling myself to “trust the body”. It’s a new personal mantra of sorts that I have started mumbling under my breath, as I slowly make my way back to full health after an intense health experience. And whenever I subconsciously start using words, I take a moment to read up on whatContinue reading “Trust, and the rest follows”
As yoga practitioners committed to extending our awareness beyond our exercise mats, a common question that may occur is: “how do I know my practice is bearing real fruit?” A starting point is the observance of the third Niyama propounded by sage Patanjali: Svādhyāya (Devanagari: स्वाध्याय). In its simplest translation, Svādhyāya means “self-study”. Svādhyāya isContinue reading “Our Strength is our Svādhyāya”
We’re all familiar with the age-old adage of “practice makes perfect.” But what is it that we are trying to ‘perfect’ through yoga? In other words, what is the purpose of our practice? And how can knowledge of our purpose help our practice? Imagine this: I offer you a choice between accepting a 1-dollar noteContinue reading “Finding Purpose in the Practice”
What’s in a name, you say? Quite a lot, as it turns out…what English literature refers to simply as the “mind” is a much more nuanced concept as per yogic teachings. Directly translated, “mind” correlates with a Sanskrit term ‘manas’ (मनस्, pronounced: Muh-nas) but if truly understood – it encompasses three MORE terms as well!Continue reading “Mind vs Manas”
The Sanskrit word āhāra (आहार, pronounced: AA-ha-r) is synonymous with food or ‘nutritional input’. And if we grapple with this notion of ‘food’ a little more, a question crops up…can ‘food’ be more than just what lies on our plate? When we think of our bodies, the definition of ‘āhāra’ is fairly straightforward…what we eatContinue reading “Ahāra-monious growth”
In yogic philosophy, the Sanskrit term Bījā (बीज, pronounced: Bee-juh) is used to denote the origin or cause of thoughts, actions and things. It is worthwhile to explore the mighty meaning hidden behind the simple word, since it holds a lot of merit if we adopt it to our daily lives… Grab a glass ofContinue reading “The first seed”