Our Strength is our Svādhyāya

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”

Finding Purpose in the Practice

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”

Ahāra-monious growth

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”