1. Faith (Shraddha)
2. Vigor (Virya)
3. Mindfulness (Smriti)
4. Meditative Consciousness (Samadhi)
5. Discernment (Prajna)
We all need a little pick-me-up from time to time. The same can be said for our yoga practice. While we know that, “to compare is to despair” it does seem at times that yoga and meditation come more easily to some than others. We can fall into the trap of looking around the room in handstand, or Warrior III and comparing someone else’s outsides to our insides.
The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali, a classical text on the practice of yoga, tells us not to fret. Perhaps others seem born blissful, but the rest of us simply need a booster shot of yogic vitamins to assist us on our path.
Yoga Sutra 1.20: To some, liberation comes from the practice of faith, vigor, mindfulness, consciousness and discernment.
“Sraddha Virya Smrti Samadhi Prajna-Purvaka Itaresam”
When we put the yoga vitamins into practice, we have the faith to know we are evolving, growing and learning. With vigor, we direct our energy wisely and learn to practice self-care. With mindfulness, we can pause when uncertain and acertain the right action. With consiousness we can connect to The Divine, and with discernment we begin to “instinctively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.”
My aim is to offer classes that are infused with these life-affirming vitamins. Click here for my full schedule and join me in class again soon <3