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what is pranayama
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Eight Limbs of Yoga: Pranayama

The goal of the fourth limb of yoga, pranayama, is to gain control of the breath. Learning how to change your breath actually allows you to halt (and redirect) that stress reaction, which is "turned on" all too often…

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Niyamas: Ishvara Pranidhana

The fifth and final niyama, ishvara pranidhana, is the queen mother of all the restraints and observances that serve as the roots of yogs.…

what is samtosha
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Niyamas: Svadhyaya

More recently, svadhyaya has come to mean "self-reflection." Self-reflection is the thing most of us not only resist, but resist with vigor. Sitting with all our pain and trying to understand it by looking into it can feel like…

what is samtosha
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The Niyamas: Tapas

The translation of tapas is literally to heat or burn, by way of practicing discipline or “austerity.” …

what is samtosha
Philosophy

The Niyamas: Samtosha

What samtosha is all about is going back inside and trying to tweak our own reactions to life, so that we can learn to sit more calmly and less reactive in the presence of whatever life throws at us.…

saucha
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The Niyamas: Saucha

The yamas are known as the restraints, while the niyamas are thought of as the observances. The first niyama, saucha, which is often translated as cleanliness or purity, is an interesting one to start with because its interpretations can…