Monthly Archives: March 2011

Tapas and the Sage Vishvamitra

Tapas is a tasty snack or appetizer found served in bars and restaurants throughout Spain. It is also the third niyama. In Sanskrit it means to consume by heat, to blaze or burn. In the yogic tradition, tapasya may be … Continue reading

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Santosa

Santosa is the second of the niyamas. Santosa means contentment. Contentment only exists in the present moment. When non-attachment is cultivated, contentment follows. Without contentment, concentration is impossible. The following is what B.K.S. Iyengar writes on santosa in Light on … Continue reading

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Niyama – Saucha

The first of the niyamas, internal restraints or personal observances, is saucha. It is pronounced “shaow-cha“. Saucha is purity or cleanliness. It refers to both the physical and spiritual aspects of a yogis path. Physical purity is observed by regularly … Continue reading

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Yoga for Wine Lovers video

As many of you know, this past weekend I took off to spend with my wife. We got away for a long weekend. We originally planned on going to Vegas, but changed our plans and road tripped through western and … Continue reading

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Brahmacharya and Aparigraha

In traditional Hinduism, Brahmacharya is the name of the first stage of life: Brahmacharya (youth) Grihastha (marriage, householder) Vanaprastha (retirement, retreat from worldly life) Sannyasa (renunciation and spiritual practice) It refers to an educational period of 14–20 years which starts … Continue reading

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