The Ashtanga Yoga System, the eight-limb path of yoga, comes from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
In yogic philosophy, the Yamas and Niyamas are the first two limbs of the 8-fold path, or Ashtanga yoga. The first five guidelines are called Yamas, a Sanskrit word that means “restraints.” The last five are called Niyamas, a Sanskrit word that means “observances.”
Racism is more than conscious hate. Racism is a complex system set up generations ago to oppress black and brown people, while elevating white people. Whether one is aware or not, we are all born into this existing system.
Examine and challengeyour own racial biases, prejudices and conditioning. Identify any bias you may need to unpack and let go of. This is a process and if you are doing it truthfully it will be uncomfortable.
Jason Reynolds does a writing activity on instagram called #writerightrite and gives you interesting and investigative writing prompts. The other day he did an activity about ekphrastic, which means to write about art. As he posted this activity, I was taking an Ancient Egyptian Jewelry class, learning about the history, culture, art and jewelry of Egypt.
Spring breathes new life into the world around us, it is the perfect time for awakening. No winter lasts forever, blossom by blossom, spring begins.
The yogic principle, brahmacharya or non-excess, reminds us to let go of distractions and excess, and instead to rest and recharge. The avoidance of excess and extremes, especially in our behavior, will lead to a more joyful life.