be sincere

“Before you speak, ask yourself - is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?” Some wisdom of Sai Baba, an Indian spiritual teacher who lived until 1918. Not always easy however useful considerations in our conversations and interactions with others.

This week in our yoga classical yoga classes we continue our focus on the Yamas, the first of Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga. The Yamas provide us with guidance on ‘right living’. They are part of the philosophy of yoga.

This week the 2nd of the 5 yamas, Satya.

Satya, a Sanskrit word, translates to truthfulness. As I researched this week on what to share on satya, I came across the lesson plans of my wonderful yoga teacher Helen Kershaw, and share below what she brought to this theme in one of our lessons.

Satya is about truth; bringing sincerity and bringing integrity to all expressions. And by all expressions we refer to thoughts, speech and actions. When practicing satya we approach the world with pure intentions; we aim to speak the truth with the spirit of kindness. It means communicating from the heart. So being honest without causing any harm. Consider, as Sai Baba suggests, whether your words and actions are kind, necessary and true; and improve on the silence, or on the situation.

And our self-enquiry this week: Where am I being less than honest with myself or others?

Resolving this week to be sincere and honest with yourself, and in your interactions in the world.

Along with classical yoga classes, for which this is our weekly focus, we offer:

Yoga classes in bayside Melbourne on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings and Wednesday mornings.

Movement & Meditation class on Wednesday mornings.

Introduction to meditation courses running throughout the year.

Wellness coaching for individuals.

Available for corporate wellness workshops and meditation courses.