Yogic Philosphy

Asteya on the Mat

                Do not steal this moment from yourself This glory, this accomplishment. this shape that your body becomes. Do not steal the joy of your experience by saying: “but i wish i could do it better” Celebrate your wholeness the wonder, the shape of

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Brahmacharya is the fourth Yama (guidelines for living). Its literal translation is celibacy… but before you get concerned, understand that there are a variety of interpretations according to different belief systems. Most agree that a deeper understanding deals with remembering who we are, that we are spiritual

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A Lotus Grows In The Mud

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and it’s suffering. … The mud speaks of

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The Choice

Look not at the fault of others, at what they have done of left undone. Rather look at what you yourself have done or left undone.  ~Dhammapada, Verse 50 Get off the train of criticism, or stay where you are if you must – stuck on the tracks, blocking your own

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20 Ways to Get Good Karma

  20 Ways to Get Good KarmaBy, Dalai Lama Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. Follow the three R’s: 
-  Respect for self, 
-  Respect for others and 
-  Responsibility for all your actions. Remember that not

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Chakra Garden of Jewels

                                    Don’t go outside your house to search for jewels. Don’t even bother with that excursion, my friend. There are jewels inside yourself. Precious, profound and ready to be discovered.

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Tapas (discipline & purification)

 Through discipline we can make decisions that support our higher purpose rather than being distracted by temporary desires. ‘Tapas’ is interpreted as fiery discipline that brings purification and transformation. It is one of the five niyamas  (personal observances) offered in the Yoga Sutras. Practicing tapas means having an

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Santosha (contentment)

Most of us believe that contentment will come once we achieve something. It could be financial success, finding a companion, having a child, retirement, owning certain material items, reaching a goal, being a certain weight, having a certain status,  recognition, etc. Santosha means practicing contentment in all

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Saucha (cleanliness and purity)

When we have clutter, negativity, toxicity, and chaos, the atmosphere is not conducive to peace, freedom, and contentment. We may feel stuck, depressed, and unable to move forward. Saucha is the first of the Niyamas (personal guidelines for living) and means cleanliness and purity. Saucha has inner and

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Aparigraha (nonattachment, non-greed)

  Aparigraha means nonattachment or turning away from greed. It encourages us to be self-sufficient, acknowledging abundance around us. It means seeing our glass as ‘half full’ rather than ‘half empty’ and being content with what we have. Practicing aparigraha means we consider what we really need versus

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