Saturday Morning Sanskrit: Abhyasa

“In the beginning you have to make room for yoga in your daily life, and give it the place it deserves. But after some time, yoga itself will pull you up by the hair and make you do it.” ~ Vanda Scaravelli

Sun Salutations

Today’s word is Abhyasa. It’s loosely translated as practice, and you can read all about in Sutras 1.12-1.14.

Basically, the more you practice something the better you become at it. The purpose of yoga is to calm the mind and who doesn’t want more peace? Patanjali suggests we practice yoga every day:

“Practice becomes firmly grounded when all attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness.”

Sutra 1.14 translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda

How do you find the time to practice yoga?

I set my iPhone alarm message to “wake up beautiful, practice yoga”. It’s the first thing I see when I crack me eyes open and it reminds me why I should get out of bed early enough for at least a few minutes of deep breath linked with movement.


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