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Satya is one of the five nyamas, or virtues taught in Yogic philosophy. Satya refers to your self-truth. Yoga Journal describes it so beautifully as “…about slowing down, filtering, carefully considering…” (Lasater, 2018)

On a delightful Jozi summer evening, I lay on my bed, reading.

Rob Bell has a special place in my heart, and in his book Velvet Elvis he speaks about healing. He describes it as a path, and whether you’re perfect or whether you’ve arrived, isn’t the question, but what matters is that you are on it.

My truth is that sometimes my path is very rocky and bloody chaotic.
My truth is that I sometimes struggle with stuff I think I should have under control.
My truth is that pitching up, some days, is exhausting.

In the same book Rob talks about how we aren’t defined by what we are not. Understanding this truth, can help us construct a life we want.

What is your Satya?

Are you diligent and friendly?
Do you laugh easily?
Are you caring?

The asana practice works in the same way: some days you nail Crow but other days you can hardly keep your balance in Virabhadrasana III (warrior III) Whether you can do Crow perfectly and are working towards flying Crow or whether you fall in and out of Vriksasana (Tree Pose), isn’t the question – pitching up is. Being on your mat is.

Our paths may not be what we had hoped, planned or envisioned them to be. But rest assured, you are on your path and pitching up for yourself: on or off your mat, with a truthful heart, makes all the difference.


Words by Nelet Kok

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