Santosha

Santosha

Tell me if you resonate with one of the below: “I’ll be happy when…..”  “I’ll be fulfilled when…..”  “I’ll know I’ve arrived when….” fill in the blank.   Likely our initial replies here are linked to an external measure or set of conditions such as...
The Ingredients

The Ingredients

Last month I took a trip with the kids to my hometown to participate in the Vermont Maple Open House Weekend. It was a delicious, educational and nourishing experience.  One of the activities available was a station to plant maple tree seeds.  My...
Saucha

Saucha

Saucha, or living purely, involves maintaining a cleanliness in body, mind, and environment so that we can experience ourselves at a higher resolution.Donna Farhi A few years ago as part of a self-study immersion I was participating in, I set a mini intention for...
The Second Limb on the Path

The Second Limb on the Path

Five niyamas form the second limb of ashtanga (8-limbed) yoga.  Niyamas are observances or inner commitments that invite a sense of reverence to spread into one’s life.  Together with the yamas, the niyamas support the yoga practitioner in cultivating...
Brahmacharya

Brahmacharya

Brahmacharya, one of the yamas of the Yoga Sutras, is translated as celibacy (Bryant, 243) or continence (Tiguniat, 164).  In addition to these two translations, brahmacharya was explained to me as right use of energy, moderation of the senses and not using...
Asteya

Asteya

This week’s exploration of the yamas (restraints within the ethical precepts of yoga practice) brings us to asteya.  Asteya translates to non-stealing.  Vichara is a yogic self inquiry practice that aims at taking one to the root or source of an action.  We could...