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Swami Saradananda's Blog Posts Tagged 'niyama' (4)

Self-Study

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For me, the new year began with a determined effort to engage in an intensive study of the spiritual teachings of yoga. If you feel that you are ready to take the next step in your inner work, please join me. I will be posting exerpts from my series of talks. And you may feel inspired to take my e-course: www.flyingmountainyoga.org/text/e-course.shtml

"From self-study, you are able to connect with higher…

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Added by Swami Saradananda on February 1, 2012 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Spring cleaning - Saucha

Many people misunderstand yoga to be a “cult of the body”. However, whilst yoga does not see the body as evil, neither does it intend to glorify your physical body. Even hatha yoga practices are designed to remind you that your body is the vehicle of your soul. It is an instrument that works best when you keep it clean and strong. If your body breaks down, you won’t reach your goal.

As the first of the niyamas, saucha represents purification on all levels. It includes the physical… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on April 15, 2011 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Santosha - Contentment

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I find that people often misunderstand the yoga principle of santosha (contentment), believing that it means giving up their will to change. I get students who say, “I don’t want to be content, because if I am content then I won’t get anywhere in my job. I need to want something. I've got to be on the cutting edge in my… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on August 31, 2010 at 10:15am — No Comments

Thinking about Ishwara-pranidhana

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Recently, I've been working with the principle of "ishwara-pranidhana". The last of Patanjali's niyamas is usually translated as "self-surrender" or "surrender to the Lord". This is a hard one for many modern yogis, many of whom don't seem to be inclined to surrender to anyone or any…
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Added by Swami Saradananda on June 8, 2010 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

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