In this recording I present some of the commentary around the practice of Satya and also provide you with some questions you might want to reflect on in order to establish yourself in this yama.
Most people start yoga to increase their flexibility or to improve their strength and of course yoga can help with that, however there are benefits that go far beyond just the physical body.
At our most recent yoga retreat I took the time to run some short discussions on yoga philosophy and yoga as a discipline for understanding the mind and increasing the flexibility of the mind.
Most of the discussions were based around Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (a text thought to be written around the first or second century, the first to really systematise the subject of yoga as a path of practice)
Your feedback on these discussions was really positive, with many of you finding that the information helped to create some more context for your practice, but also that it helped you explore some of the other aspects of yoga beyond breathing and postures.
If you have issues with immune function and are on and off antibiotics, needing to take sick leave often, and constantly feeling like you’re coming down with some nasty, I strongly suggest you do your diaphragmatic breathing.
Some interesting research was recently shared with me by one of my students. It was a survey of 2,017 Australian adults about exercise, and workplace attitudes towards wellbeing and exercise.
Mindfulness…It’s printed everywhere and it seems everyone is talking about it.
I’ve been really hesitant to write much or comment on it really, mindfulness has been around a long time and there is plenty of info out there on the topic. Some of the books written by the Dalai Lama are a great place to gain more of an understanding on the topic of Mindfulness and other principles of developing a more peaceful mind and existence.