The Path to Peace: Dharana (Focused Concentration)

Pratyahara (last week’s limb) – or getting rid of distractions, is the set up for Dharana, or focused concentration. The last three limbs of yoga are known as samyama, Sanskrit for integration, binding or holding together. The combined practice of Dharana, Dhyana and...

The Path to Peace – Ishvara Pranidhana

Ah, the holy grail of peace. The goal of all the Yama and Niyama together is to help us reach this point of surrender, Ishvara Pranidhana on the path to peace. It is said that if you can master this Niyama there is no need to practice any of the others, as this is the...

Yoga’s Ethical Guides: The Yama and the Niyama

When we decided to journey down a Path to Peace, Patanjali’s Eight-Limbed Path to Yoga seemed like the perfect map to get us there. It’s foundational information meant to lead us to find our own peace within. The first two limbs of this eightfold path are the Yama and...

The Path to Peace | Aparigraha

The last of the Yama in Patanjali’s Eight Limbed Path of Yoga is Aparigraha or non-possessiveness. The Yamas are the moral code of conduct for yoga and offer us guidelines by which to live with regard to ourselves and the world around us, on the mat and off. What we...

The Path to Peace | Brahmacharya (Non-excess)

“The point in life is to know what’s enough.” ~Gensei We are still strolling down our Path to Peace with a deep-dive into the Yama and the Niyama – the first two limbs of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga. This week we focus on the practice of the Yama brahmacharya or...

The Path To Peace | Asteya Part 2 – The Cure

“All the wealth of the world will be drawn to one who has mastered the practice and discipline of Asteya.” A Review of Self-Theft In Asteya Part 1 we covered how we steal from others and ourselves from a yoga perspective (it all translates though), and a little bit...

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