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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