Surrender to the divine – Ishvara Pranidhana

Ishvara Pranidhana Va ईश्वर-प्रणिधान Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.23 From a special process of devotion and letting go into the creative source from which we emerged (ishvara pranidhana), the coming of samadhi is imminent. (ishvara pranidhana va) “Worship does not mean offering flowers. It means offering your heart To the vast mystery Of the universe. It…

Personal Therapeutic Practice

STHIRA SUKHAM ASANAM PTYS 46 स्थिरसुखमासनम् ॥४६॥  Practicing yoga with strength and in a relaxed manner gives rise to harmony with the physical body (asana). sthira = (nom. sg. m.) strong; steady; stable; motionlesssukham = (acc. from sukha) comfortable; ease filled; happy; light; relaxedāsanam = (acc. sg. n./nom. sg. n. from āsana) asana; posture; seated position;…

Contemplating Samadhi

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.41 Just as the naturally pure crystal assumes shapes and colors of objects placed near it, so the Yogi’s mind with its totally weakened modifications, becomes clear and balanced and attains the state devoid of differentiation between knower, knowable and knowledge. This culmination of meditation is Samadhi. Siva Sutra Svacchanda Tantra Bondage…

The Art of Non-Attachment

We are attached to our lovers, our children, our roles, our possessions and our ideas. How do we maintain an open handed approach to life? Through the practice of Aparigraha (non possessiveness), one of the five yamas of yoga, we can release our suffering related to clinging. If you cling to something you are sure to…