the eight limbs of yoga
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The Eight Limbs of Yoga: How Should Yogis Live and What Should They Practice?

There are 196 verses in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The verses are divided into four sections, and it’s not until we are close to halfway through these verses that we encounter the eight limbs of yoga. The second second of the Yoga Sutras is about the spiritual discipline. In sutra 2.28, Patanjali tells us to practice yoga! […]

a yogic look at nature
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A Yogic Look at Nature: The Three Gunas and The True Self

Before we can transcend suffering and reach enlightenment, we need to understand why we suffer. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali explains this in verses that describe the nature of the material universe. Specifically, he reveals the three aspects of human nature—called the three gunas—that govern our experience. By giving us this yogic look at nature, […]

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Egoism and Ignorance: Why the Ego is An Obstacle to Spiritual Growth

Egoism is a problem. You don’t have to be a yogi to know this. The small self—which egoism inflates—always competes for attention, recognition, and accomplishment. Why is this a problem? If you’re focusing on human life, it’s not. If you’re focusing on spiritual growth and enlightenment, egoism is a great obstacle. Reverend Jaganath Carrera describes […]

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How to Practice Yoga by Accepting, Learning From, and Transforming Pain

The second chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali deals with how to practice yoga. Sutra 2.1 states: Austerity, the study of sacred texts, and the dedication of action to God constitute the discipline of Mystic Union. (from sacredtexts.com) Reverend Jaganath Carrera describes austerity in this case as “accepting pain as help for purification.” We practice […]