Niyamas

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The second of these 8 limbs of yoga are the Niyamas. Niyama’s are practices of things we aught to do versus what we should not do (Yama). The five Niyamas are: Saucha – cleanliness / purification, Santosha – contentment, Svadhyaya – self study, Tapas – discipline, and Ishvara Pranidhana – Devotion / Surrender to God…. Read more »

Yamas

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Patanjali means sage in Sanskrit. It was probably not one person but several who laid out the 8 limbs of Yoga in the Yoga Sutras. This blog touches on the 5 Yamas, the first limb. The Yamas focus on our ethical standards and integrity. They discuss behavior and suggest how we can conduct ourselves in… Read more »

Why Meditate?

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Someone once asked the Buddha skeptically, “What have you gained through meditation.” The Buddha replied, “Nothing at all.” “Then, Blessed One, what good is it.” “Let me tell you what I lost through meditation: sickness, anger, depression, insecurity, the burden of old age, the fear of death. That is the good of meditation, which leads… Read more »