Sutra 1.8

विपर्यय मिथ्या जननं  तड़ रूपा प्रतिस्थम viparyaya mithya jnanam atad rupa pratistham viparyaya- unreal cognition, misconception; mithya- of the unreal, of the false, illusory; jnanam- knowing, knowledge; atad- not its own; rupa- form, nature, appearance; pratistham- based on, possessing, established, occupying Incorrect knowledge or illusion is false knowledge formed by perceiving a thing as beingContinue reading “Sutra 1.8”

Sutra 1.6

स्केल उलट विकल्प सो pramana viparaya vikalpa nidra smritayah pramana- real or valid cognition; right knowledge; viparyayah- unreal cognition, perverse or wrong knowledge, misconception; vikalpah- imagination, misconception or delusion, fantasy; nidra- deep sleep; smritayah- memory, remembering There are five thought patterns that we all have, and Sutra 1.6 breaks this down. A way to rememberContinue reading “Sutra 1.6”

Sutra 1.5

वृत्तयः पंचातयः क्लिष्टा अक्लिष्टा vrittayah pancatayah klishta aklishta vrittayah: the vrittis are; pancatayah: five fold, panch means five; klishta: colored, painful, afflicted, impure, the root klish means to cause trouble; aklishta: uncolored, not painful, pure, not imbued with kleshas; the root a means without or in the absence of Sutra 1.5 teaches us what theContinue reading “Sutra 1.5”

Ishvarapranidhana

“Tapah-svadhyayesvara-pranidhanani kriya-yogah” –Kriya-yoga, the path of action, consists of self-discipline, study, and dedication to the Lord. Yoga Sutra 2.1 The fifth niyama Ishvarapranidhana is surrender to the Lord, the Divine. While it is not pointing out a specific religious identity, it is merely the idea that one must surrender to the Divine within ourselves, asContinue reading “Ishvarapranidhana”

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”

Soucha

The first of the niyamas, our external observances, is saucha. Saucha is cleanliness or purity. In yoga, we always talk about a wholeness of body, mind, and soul, and the yamas and the niyamas are meant to be applied in this way. So we are not just discussing the cleanliness or purity of your physical body, butContinue reading “Soucha”

Asteya

In Sanskrit, asteya means “avoidance of non-stealing”. I skipped over this yama and went right to brahmacharya, so how about we revisit? Non-stealing is pretty straight forward, many of the yamas are, but there are always deeper ways of looking at things. What ways do we steal? Look at the things you do every day,Continue reading “Asteya”