Niyama: Tapas तपस्

By Lucia Yess   In yoga, the word “tapas” comes from the Sanskrit verb “tap” which means “to burn”. Sorry it doesn’t come from the Spanish dish although those can be spicy too. This “fiery discipline,” asks for the practitioner “to burn off the...
Niyama: Santosha संतोष

Niyama: Santosha संतोष

By Lucia Yess   The second niyama (self-discipline) is santosha, संतोष. Santosha is contentment. Contentment makes me think of abundance, joy, truth, simplicity.  It doesn’t include happiness however. I think true happiness comes from contentment which...

Niyama: Śauca (शौच)

By Lucia Yess   The first niyama in Patanjali’s text is Śauca, also spelled Saucha or Shaucha. It represent purity and cleanliness. When you hear those two words what comes to mind? Perhaps a shower, brushing your teeth, honest thoughts and words. Of course...
Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose

By Lucia Yess   When I think about poses that I never want to get out of, child’s pose is the first that comes to mind. There is this sensation of total relaxation that I can’t get enough of. When else do you get to rest on yourself. Child’s...

Yoga for Mindfulness

By Lucia Yess   Yoga is rooted in mindfulness. It can take you to a place where the worries of yesterday and the future don’t exist. It can lead you to a present state. It can allow you to let go of the worries of right now and just breathe. But how? How...