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We complete our journey through the five yamas of Patanjali’s yoga sutras with Aparigraha, meaning non-greediness or non-possessiveness. In the extreme sense of this final yama, we can look to the sādhus for inspiration.  These are India’s ‘holy men’ (the …

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The fourth of Patanjali’s five yamas (moral restraints) in yoga is Brahmacharya, possibly the mostly broadly and vaguely interpreted of them all.  Literally meaning ‘walking with God’, popular understandings range from ‘moderation’ to ‘celibacy’. “When the mind is freed from …

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The third yama in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is Asteya (pronounced Uh-shtay-uh), which translates as non-stealing or non-coveting. Sadly today, as I was thinking about writing this blog, there was an armed robbery at my local bank.  Now, all of you …

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Satya, meaning truthfulness, is the second of the five yamas in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. It guides us to recognise and use honesty and integrity in our thoughts, words and actions, in everything we do.  Before we delve too deep, it …

Benefits of Private Yoga Tuition

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It’s been a busy week in the land of Yoga-Bright!  Along with all my weekly classes, I’ve also been fortunate enough to help more people than usual with private yoga sessions, and this has inspired me to jot down some …

 

Weekly Focus: Ahimsa

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Ahimsa, meaning non-harming or loving kindness, is the very first aspect of the first of eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga. The ancient sage Patanjali was allegedly the first person to produce a written record of the Yoga Sutras, which detail …