Yoga & Self-Love

For me, yoga is the definition of self-love. It is a practice that connects your body, mind, and spirit at a deeper level. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali teaches us how to incorporate self-love through yoga. Listed below are a few concepts from the sutras and other Sanskrit terms that teaches us how to incorporate self-love into our life. This list is not exhaustive by any means, but it is a place to begin practicing self-love through yoga 

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Tapas

In YTT, we were assigned to pick a sutra from part 1 and 2 that resonated with us. After much reading, rereading, and researching, (because seriously reading the sutras is like reading an early edition of the King James Bible), I chose Tapas as the sutra that I most resonated with.

Tapas is the practice causing positive change, or self-improvement. It means “to heat.” The heat from tapas is thought to burn away impurities and allow us to live authentically. Most people connect with tapas through exercising (such as asana), but it is so much more than that.

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