Category Archives: Philosophy

The Art and Heart of Asana

The Art and Heart of Asana

According to Erich Schiffmann, a much beloved Yoga master, Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. In this interview he talks about the practice of asana as the practice Full Story

Q & A with Swami Satchidananda: Mantra Japa

Q & A with Swami Satchidananda: Mantra Japa

Question: What is the secret of mantra japa (mentally repeating a mantra continuously)? I can keep my attention on if for a short time and then I forget all about it!

Swami Satchidananda: First, you have to constantly and … Full Story

Real Contentment

Santosha, the second niyama in the Raja Yoga system, means contentment. We also have a saying in the West that “Contentment is golden.” Why? Contentment is golden because it doesn’t depend on the things around you, the things that … Full Story

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

To know who you truly are, you need a mirror. Have you ever seen your face? You only know that you have a face because you have seen the reflection in a mirror. To see your face clearly, you need … Full Story

How to Practice Yoga Despite a Busy Lifestyle

How to Practice Yoga Despite a Busy Lifestyle

By Swami Satchidananda

It’s not difficult to practice Yoga, even with a very busy lifestyle. What do you think your Yoga practice is? Doing some postures, sitting in meditation and that’s all? No, there is a yogic way of doing … Full Story

Helpful Hints for the Practice of Yama and Niyama

Helpful Hints for the Practice of Yama and Niyama

By Swami Karunananda

The first two limbs of Raja Yoga are called yama and niyama. They consist of five precepts each and constitute the ethical foundation of Yoga. Sri Swami Satchidananda said: “All spiritual life should be based on … Full Story

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