Aparigraha – Non Hoarding

"Freedom does not come from acquisition. It comes from letting go."     Sogyal Rinpoche In the Bhagavad Gita it is said, "The yogi is quite happy with what comes unsought"; but here Patanajli goes further and says, "Stop receiving even that" (Svāmi Venkateśananda). Meaning, a person practicing Asteya (non-stealing) may not steal, but if something …

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Brahmacharya

Brahmacharya is much more than the popular notion of celibacy. While celibacy is a must for those choosing the life of monk and svāmihood, the rest who partake the sensory world, will certainly appreciate a simpler explanation of Brahmacharya. Living in a society permeated with pleasure, the principle of Brahmacharya presents a ground rule towards …

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Yama and Niyama

What constitutes, Raja Yoga, is listed in the second chapter, Sādhana Pāda in the YogaSutra. Sādhana Pāda means laying out the practical hints so a seeker can actually practice to make any progress on the yogic path. यमनियमासनप्राणायामप्रत्याहारधारणाध्यानसमाधयोऽष्टावङ्गानि॥२.२९ Yama-niyama-āsana-prāṇāyāma-pratyāhāra-dhāraṇā-dhyāna-samādhayo'ṣṭāvaṅgāni||29||According to this sutra the eight limbs, aṣṭāṅga are: Yama, Niyama, Āsana, Prānayāma, Pratyāhāra, Dhārana, Dhyāna and Samādhi. This post is only an introduction …

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drishti

The word दृष्टि, ‘driśti’ comes from the Samskritham root 'to see'. In yoga, it means to hold a steady gaze. This steady gaze can be directed in two directions: Outward gaze using physical points called Bahir Driśti, बहिर्दृष्टि  Inward gaze as in चक्र, chakra or मुद्रा, mudra called Antar Driśti - अन्तर्दृष्टि दृष्टि, driśti is used in आसन - āsana, प्राणायाम - prānayāma and धारणा …

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2018 Intentions

Intention - Sankalpa Another year, another resolution. Each year the most common resolution ends up being about health - a desire to initiate change through exercise and nutrition. Any type of change is born as an intention and morphs into a resolution. They say intention to monitor change at the level of thought process is where change …

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