Satya is the second of the Yamas, ethical guidelines from the Yoga Sutras. Finding your true self is the heart of the practice of yoga.  We wear many hats in our personal, public and professional roles.  You may hold yourself, dress and speak differently in the business world, in your relationships with different family members, as a parent, or as a teacher.  As we move through these roles on a daily basis, it can become confusing as to who we are. There are stages in our lives, where we sometimes just put our heads down to get through a stressful time. Grad school, working a job to make ends meet, but doesn’t really serve you, or caring for a family member during a time of crisis. Sometimes we can lose who we are for weeks or even years. Yoga grounds us and reminds us of who we truly are. It helps us peel away the layers and discover our true selves. How can we speak from a place of truth if we don’t know our own truth? I encourage you this month to explore that question in your practice.

You know the truth by the way it feels. 

Meditation is perfect place to begin this exploration.  So Hum is one of the first mantras that we teach in yoga.  This translates to I Am That.  Repeating these words in time with your breath (So on the inhale, Hum on the exhale), focuses the mind. Not only do you hone your skills at concentration (dharana), but the words start to permeate your brain. It opens up space to discover who you are. Be the observer and notice what starts to arise as you repeat the mantra. Mantra practice takes time. As vrittis or distracting thoughts appear, move back to the mantra. Be patient with yourself and observe the effects. Discover your true essence and let it shine through.
Written by Janet Carscadden PT, DPT, E-RYT

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