2 V’s for a Wealthy Life

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”

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”

Mind vs Manas

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”