Tapas

Tapas, deep meditation in Sanskrit. In the context of yoga, tapas refers to the fire that burns within. It is also linked to austerity in mind, body, spirit, and a spiritual effort. On the path to enlightenment, one must conquer aspect of human nature, as well as the pressures from our cultures and society. Tapas is the niyamaContinue reading “Tapas”

Santosha

The second niyama is santosha, contentment. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 11.42, santosha is described as life’s greatest happiness that cannot be shaken. It is about accepting yourself, those around you, and the world around you as it is. It is looking at the situations and people in your life, and realizing that none of them are badContinue reading “Santosha”

Satya

The second yama following ahimsa is satya, truthfulness. I went back and re-read pada II.30 from Pantanjali‘s Sutras and the following commentary to realign myself with the text, as well as a post on this yama from our instructor. Complete honesty, with harming none, is the point of the yama. It ties back into theContinue reading “Satya”