Svadhyaya

The Yoga Sutras were compiled many moons and moons ago by Patanjali. There is debate to how long ago it was compiled, some say it was 400 CE and others suggest much earlier than that. The Yoga Sutras are a collection of 196 sutras or aphorisms which detail the theory and practice of Yoga.

Sadhana Pada is the second chapter which outlines Kriya Yoga (yoga of action). Kriya yoga is how to come out of worldly suffering through the practice of three of the Niyamas (self disciplines) of ashtanga yoga. Sadhana Pada also speaks about ashtanga yoga also called – the 8 limbs or the 8 fold path.

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Svadhyaya is one of the 5 Niyamas. One of the ways that I practice Svadyaya – self study – is by reading books like The Bhagavad Gita – the Song of God and reading self help books. Reading self help books helps me to reflect on myself and my actions – to bring more joy and peace to my life. I used to be disappointed after reading self help books because I had expected for lasting results. I thought that I should be cured of my ignorance and remember my discoveries. Now I realize that reading self study books like the Bhagavad Gita and other self help books is a life long practice – a way to consistently remind myself of better ways to thrive.

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Published by Renée Martel

I am a yoga teacher, and an electrician. I write a yoga blog, and I teach yoga classes online. My other blog is called End Lockdowns. In a democracy we accept that people have different opinions, and we allow those opinions to be voiced. My opinion which is that lockdowns are not scientific, and do not create healthy communities. The medical community at one point knew that informed consent was an important value. Currently the medical community has been split and there is a vocal part of it that thinks there are no issues with coercion and force in medicine. The part of the medical community that believes in mandating medical procedures and segregation is currently promoted through social media and other big tech. We are seeing a huge shift in wealth as a result. Poverty does not make people healthier. I do not think using force and coercion in medicine is a health promoting way to function. In the future, this will fail. It is only a matter of when. "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." Yogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharya 

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