Philosophy

Living the 8 Limbs – the third of the Yamas – Asteya

“asteya pratisthayam sarva ratna upasthanam” When non-stealing (asteya) is established, all jewels, or treasures present themselves, or are available to the Yogi. Yoga Sutra 2.37 In Sanskrit - A = not, Steya = stealing. This [...]

Living the 8 Limbs – the third of the Yamas – Asteya 2017-06-08T17:27:13+00:00

Living the 8 Limbs – the second of the Yamas – Satya

“satya pratisthayam kriya phala ashrayatvam” “As truthfulness (satya) is achieved, the fruits of actions naturally result according to the will of the Yogi.” Yoga Sutras 2:35 This Yama is a commitment to truthfulness. Satya literally [...]

Living the 8 Limbs – the second of the Yamas – Satya 2016-11-09T10:42:52+00:00

Living the 8 Limbs – the first of the Yamas – Ahimsa

“ahimsa pratishthayam tatsamnidhau vairatyagah” “around one who is solidly established in non violence, hostility disappears” Yoga Sutra 2:35 Ahimsa is the first of five specific ethical precepts, in Yoga we call these precepts ‘yamas’. The [...]

Living the 8 Limbs – the first of the Yamas – Ahimsa 2017-06-08T17:27:15+00:00

Living the 8 Limbs, the fifth of the niyamas: Isvara Pranidhana – Surrender to God’s will

Before we look at the essence of this, the last of the niyamas, let’s just deal with the ‘God’ word. Yoga does not promote any religion. There is no requirement to believe in God, or [...]

Living the 8 Limbs, the fifth of the niyamas: Isvara Pranidhana – Surrender to God’s will 2016-02-16T15:07:20+00:00

Living the 8 Limbs, the fourth of the niyamas – Svadhyaya, self study

For most of us, Svadhyaya starts on the mat. We begin to study ourselves as we practice asana: our thoughts, our emotions, our reactions, our habits and our intentions. Then we see how this is [...]

Living the 8 Limbs, the fourth of the niyamas – Svadhyaya, self study 2017-06-08T17:28:08+00:00