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An Introduction to Svadhyaya

[vc_row][vc_column][mkdf_section_title title="Articles by Christina Bernunzio" title_color="#730073" title_text_transform="none" title_text_align="left" margin_bottom="" title_size=""][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="18px"][vc_single_image image="5316" img_size="large"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]An Introduction to Svadhyaya, January 2021 There are 5 principles of observance within niyama, which is the second limb of yoga. The niyamas are: Saucha (purity) Santosa (contentment) Tapas (willpower, self-discipline, self-purification) Svadhyaya (self-study) Isvarapranidhana (the yoga of devotion) This month at Paxson Yoga Center we are focused on self-study, Svadhyaya. In Light on Life, B.K.S. Iyengar tells us that "you do not need to seek freedom in some distant land, for it exists within your own body, heart, mind, and soul. Illuminated emancipation, freedom, unalloyed and untainted bliss await you, but you must choose to embark on the Inward Journey to discover it." This journey includes reading scriptures and being taught by a "wise master or guru,"...

The Five Minutes Yoga Practice

[vc_row][vc_column][mkdf_section_title title="Articles by Stuart Stark" title_color="#730073" title_text_transform="none" title_text_align="left" margin_bottom="" title_size=""][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="18px"][vc_single_image image="5255" img_size="large"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]If I only have five minutes for my yoga practice, what should I do? December 2020 Within our yoga practice we know the benefits of an active practice that can improve our strength, flexibility and balance abilities, and though Western society tends to place less value on learning how to relax, it should not be underestimated. Many years ago during a workshop taught by a senior Iyengar instructor we were asked “According to Mr. Iyengar, what is the most challenging of all of the Asanas?”. I first thought of something like an ankle behind your head type of pose, but everyone else in the room responded in one voice and said “Savasana”. Like with any...