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In an effort to deepen my own practice, and to expand awareness in others, I've been offering a review of the 10 Living Principles of Yoga, as laid out by Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, in my yoga classes. I explained to the yogi's, many of us have our first 'exposure' to a yoga practice through "Asana", sanskrit for posture practice. Without knowing it, we jump right into the THIRD LIMB, of an EIGHT LIMB path that is Yoga.
For some of us, our asana practice is enough, and for many of us, it is enough for awhile. But as our practice deepens, sometimes we feel as though something is missing, and we try to find it by doing MORE: more classes, more poses, more hours, more teachers. This feeling of being unsettled in our practice, may be our inner guides gentle way of nudging us to look beyond the postures to deepen our practice. The first two limbs of yoga, the Yamas (5 restraints) and Niyamas (5 observances) provide the foundation.
In this video, I review the meaning of the SECOND YAMA: SATYA (Truthfulness or Right Speech). This one requires us to move OUT of a 'judging' mind and into that of the 'observer's mind'. It requires us to ask ourselves: how can I communicate my truth more clearly? Furthermore, how can I do that in a way that honors myself and others? How might my daily experiences or those situations that challenge me, shift, as a result of this practice? Communicating in this way requires us to slow down, and to be intentional with our word, but it's power should not be underestimated; as stated by Judith Lasater on Yoga Journal: "Because to speak from satya is to bring out the very best in others. When we do this, we are creating at this very moment the world we want to live in, a world based in clarity and connection."
I hope this video serves to deepen your awareness of your own practice both on and off the mat; please share any thoughts, experiences, or questions in the COMMENTS below!
The light within me looks to, and honors, the light within you; Namaste***