Niyama 1, Clean Up Your Act with Shauca

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Yoga Sutra 2.40: saucat svanga jugupsa parairh asamsargah Purity protects one’s body and brings nonphysical relationships with others. (trans. B. Bouanchaud) Yoga Sutra 2.41: sattva suddhi saumanasya ekagrya inddriyajaya atma darsana yogyatvani ca Then, purity, clarity, and well-being of the … Continued


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In class recently, a new student asked me what “namaste” meant. I answered simply, “It means that the sacred in me honors the sacred in you.” I didn’t tell her that in Bengal, they usually say “namascara” as my meditation … Continued

yoga sutra 1.12, nonattachment & practice

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Sutra.1.12 (Sanskrit:abhyasa-vairagyabhyam tad-nirodhah) says”Control over the mind’s fluctuations comes from persevering practice and nonattachment” According to Bernard Bouanchaud, a French translator of Patanjali’s sutras, quoted here, nonattachment is inextricably linked to persevering practice if one wishes to control those pesky … Continued