Sauca

In chapter two of the Yoga Sutras, Yoga’s foundation text, Patanjali introduces ‘Sauca’ as one of the eight limbs’ lifestyle guidelines. Defined as ‘cleanliness’ or ‘order’, Sauca is presented as a requirement for cultivating a more sattvic (steady, calm, centered) mind. The sutras makes a definitive connection between a clean, orderly external environment and mental ...

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Karma Yoga – The Yoga of Action

There are many paths in Yoga. The Bhagavad Gita, one of the most spiritual Yogic Texts, describes one path as Karma Yoga, from the Sanskrit ‘Ki’, meaning ‘to give’ , as ‘the Yoga of Action’. We engage in Karma Yoga by reaching out and giving to others without attachment to (or in spite of) our ...

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The Mystery of Meditation

When I first came to Yoga the biggest mystery was meditation. There is the misperception that in order to meditate one must sit and empty your mind, totally. Have you ever tried that? I found my mind just got busier and busier. What I do know is that when I do some asana (movement) with ...

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