Yama Yoga Blog Tells The Truth About Satya
Yama Yoga Store Blog Tells The Truth About Satya
The Yamas are on the first limb of the 'Eight Limbs of Yoga' by Patanjali. The Yamas refers to duties directed towards our behavior, inner observances, and how we conduct ourselves in Life. The Yamas are set in place along with the Niyamas to help us build character. We can see a fluid progression within the Yamas and Niyamas to constructing a well-lived life and to being the very basis of self-conduct in moving into the other limbs.
Satya is truthfulness and is one of the five Yamas on the first branch. It is second on the list after Ahimsa (practicing Non-violence). However, Satya is much more than a command telling us not to lie. Satya broken down into its Sanskrit meaning is closer to something that is unchangeable, and it refers to something that is pure in nature. It purposefully comes after Ahisma (nonviolence) as it is described that no one can speak truth unless coming from a place of nonviolence.
Satya is about filtering and in some ways restraint. The Yamas flow on the precept of restraint rather than action. Less determination and more observation of what is coming out of the mouth. This is a process in which you would choose your words carefully so they can reflect your truth and come from a place of purity. Deception in any part of the eight limbs is a means of hurting your spirit and another. What about the lies we tell ourselves? Practicing Satya also means observing your own mind and taking out the hate speech toward yourself!!
This is not an easy practice. If your role models had no filters in their speech, had too many filters or partook in hate speech of any kind towards themselves or anybody else, then we as learners then become conditioned to speak in that same way. Children accept the environments that they are given and mimic the voice of their guardians. Changing this dynamic can be difficult. We hear our parents in some of the things we say and the language we use. One quick-start is to observe it. To focus on and accept yourself from exactly where you are is a vital part of the process. Do not rush it…first, observe and then address it through meditation, prayer, mantra and use other tactics like recording your own voice to hear your tone. Tone and inflection, of course, play a role. We as humans can pick up a variety of subtle nuances in voice…these subtitles can be important in how your message comes off. Many inflections can be read and in that space in between the sounds lies the truth.
Sound is important as we all know and the integrity of what we say and how we say it can help us be a positive force in this Aquarian age. In practice, we rely on honesty but don’t want to rely on “brutal honesty.” Even if we don’t like something we can find new ways to tell someone without the violence attached to it. Speech is so important and it is time we focus on what we say and how we say it. We want our role models to be the best at speech and to be the most observant of Satya. However, we may have not seen this in our role models of late. We as individuals would do a service to be the driving force as you will change minds and hearts in your practice of Satya!
For me, I am just living in the first stages of practicing Satya, and I am finding new ways in my speech and in my truth to communicate with myself, family, students, and peers.
Grab yourself a meditation cushion and focus on your voice.
To your health!
Sat Nam ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ
Written by Soorya Kirti Kaur