Satya – Finding Truth in Your Yoga Practice
Satya is a wonderful element to apply to your Yoga practice.
When adding this element during your Yoga class, a greater purpose to each asana (Yoga pose) occurs. Even though you are performing Hatha Yoga (physical practice of postures), you move yourself to a powerful place of observing and awareness.
Satya, or truthfulness, is the Yama that is about living a truthful life without doing harm to others. To practice Satya, one must think before he speaks and consider the consequences of his action. If the truth could harm others, it might be better to keep silent. This observance can also be taken inwards by being Truthful with one’s self. Satya in a Yoga practice is crucial in that it prevents the Ego from taking hold and moving the postures into a state that is goal driven and forceful.
Being Truthful in a Yoga class is a state where you observe and respect that you have gifts and strengths along with limitations and weaknesses. We change moment to moment, practice to practice, which requires us to shed our past practices and not try to achieve what was attained in previous Yoga lessons.
Equally important is to observe that the future has no relevance in a Yoga posture. Why think about trying to place your foot behind your head within 3 months when you are clearly experiencing resistance now?
Satya can be powerful in that one can see the strengths and limitations as simply being as they are. It is what it is. Nothing wrong, nothing right – just is. We stop judging our “performance” in the practice and in fact the concept of “performance” dissolves.
We practice purely for the sake of creating positive inner flow so even more awareness of self and existence can occur. Rather than solely practicing with this physical shell, we allow questions to constantly come to the surface. We move from the limitations of the physical and ego to observing ourselves from a new array of levels and dimensions.
The more we move into higher levels of Hatha Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga or Power Yoga), the more we need to allow Satya to saturate our inner gaze. This will act as a tool for us to not send judgments and burdening expectations inwards or outwards.
The practice of Hatha Yoga, then, becomes a gateway towards oneness/connectedness in our life’s experiences.
Why Gratitude is the Secret to Getting Motivated
We all know how good it feels to be thanked for the things we do. Getting a thank you email from a friend is often enough to lift us up and energize us for the whole day. The irony in this magic formula is that it is actually the person doing the thanking that is getting the most out of this simple act. Being grateful changes how you feel about life.
Think of what you could do for yourself if you turned into a gratitude machine, pouring out your gratefulness 10 or 20 times a day. Now you might be thinking that sending out 20 thank you emails every day might be overkill. The thing is, it is not actually the physical sending of the thank you that generates the personal motivational jolt. This bump of energy comes from the self-reflective process and daily note taking about the people, activities, and situations for which you are grateful.