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 laid on my bed, reading.
Rob Bell has a special place in my heart, and in his book Velvet Elvis he speak about healing. He describes it as a path, and whether you’re perfect or whether you’ve arrived, isn’t the question, but that you’re on it.
My truth is that my path sometimes are very rocky and bloody chaotic.
My truth is that I sometimes struggle with stuff I thought I had to have under control.
My truth is that pitching up, some days, are bloody 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 very much the same: some days you nail Crow but other days you can hardly keep your balance in Virabhadrasana III. Whether you can do Crow perfectly and are working towards flying Crow or whether you fall in and out of Vriksasana, isn’t the question – pitching up is.
Our paths may not be what we had hoped, planned or envisioned it 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.