Āsana Dozen – reminders for abhyāsa

The only instruction about āsana that Śri Patanjali has in the Yóga Sūtra is in the second chapter called Sādhana Pāda. Sūtra 46, Shithra Sukham Āsanam; states ‘that position which is steady and comfortable is āsana’. Practiced within this context, postures are meant to develop the ability to sit comfortably for long periods of time …

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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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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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