How to Practice Yoga by Accepting, Learning From, and Transforming Pain

The second chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali deals with how to practice yoga. Sutra 2.1 states: Austerity, the study of sacred texts, and the dedication of action to God constitute the discipline of Mystic Union. (from Reverend Jaganath Carrera describes austerity in this case as “accepting pain as help for purification.” We practice […]

maintaining calm
Meditation, yoga

Maintaining Calm: Yogic Tools for Cultivating Inner Stillness

In the first chapter of the Sutras, Patanjali addresses the issue of concentration and gives yogis practices for maintaining calm. In the early sutras, we learn that concentration and breathing exercises are tools for stilling the mind. That stillness, which we must create before we can reach enlightenment, is the goal of yoga. Many practices […]