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This piece was originally published in the OWY newsletter in January of 2014. In yoga the causes of suffering are called the kleshas.  There are five of them: Avidya - ignorance, or false perception Asmita - false sense of self, or ego Raga - attachment to that which supports the...

This piece was originally published in the OWY newsletter in January of 2014. Previously I talked about pratyahara. As a quick review the 8 limbs of yoga are: Yamas (external restraints) Niyamas (internal observances) Asana (postures) Pranayama (breath control) Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) Dharana (concentration) Dhyana (meditation) Samadhi (absorption) I started writing this week's newsletter about...

This piece was originally published in the OWY newsletter in January of 2014. Previously I talked about pranayama. As a quick review the 8 limbs of yoga are: Yamas (external restraints) Niyamas (internal observances) Asana (postures) Pranayama (breath control) Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) Dharana (concentration) Dhyana (meditation) Samadhi (absorption) When I first heard pratyahara explained it...

This piece was originally published in the OWY newsletter in December of 2013. Previously I talked about asana. As a quick review the 8 limbs of yoga are: Yamas (external restraints) Niyamas (internal observances) Asana (postures) Pranayama (breath control) Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) Dharana (concentration) Dhyana (meditation) Samadhi (absorption) Ah, pranayama. No, really, say "ahhhh". Let go. Breathe...

This piece was originally published in the OWY newsletter in December of 2013. Previously I touched on the final niyama, ishvara pranidhana (non-attachment to the benefits of our actions).  As a quick review the 8 limbs of yoga are: Yamas (external restraints) Niyamas (internal observances) Asana (postures) Pranayama (breath control) Pratyahara (withdrawal of the...

This piece was originally published in the OWY newsletter in December of 2013. Previously I touched on the fourth niyama, svadhyaya (self-study).  As a quick review the 8 limbs of yoga are: Yamas (external restraints) Niyamas (internal observances) Asana (postures) Pranayama (breath control) Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) Dharana (concentration) Dhyana (meditation) Samadhi (absorption) The second limb, Niyamas,...

This piece was originally published in the OWY newsletter in December of 2013. Previously I touched on the third niyama, tapas (purification, discipline).  As a quick review the 8 limbs of yoga are: Yamas (external restraints) Niyamas (internal observances) Asana (postures) Pranayama (breath control) Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) Dharana (concentration) Dhyana (meditation) Samadhi (absorption) The...

This piece was originally published in the OWY newsletter in November of 2013. Previously I touched on the second niyama, santosha (contentment, modesty, acceptance).  As a quick review the 8 limbs of yoga are: Yamas (external restraints) Niyamas (internal observances) Asana (postures) Pranayama (breath control) Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) Dharana (concentration) Dhyana (meditation) Samadhi...