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Svadhyaya: A Journey of Self-Reflection

Svadhyaya: A Journey of Self-Reflection

July 30, 20232 min read

In this fast-paced world we live in, how often do you take a moment to truly reflect on yourself? How many of us can say we've invested time in learning about ourselves? Not just superficially, but exploring deep into our core.

The yogic principle of Svadhyaya, or the art of studying yourself, is that golden ticket. It gives us the opportunity to discover our strengths and places where we have room to grow. We often float through life, reacting without understanding. By embracing Svadhyaya, we can observe our reactions and make adjustments that are more aligned with the person we'd like to be.

Here’s the beautiful thing… This journey of self-study includes every aspect of ourselves: physical, mental, and emotional.

Originally, practicing Svadhyaya meant studying under a teacher who'd give you a mantra to recite, along with studying the wisdom of sacred texts like the Vedas, the Bhagavad-Gita, or the Upanishads. While these profound texts are still with us, waiting to impart their wisdom, in more modern times we also have the ability to tap into a myriad of self-help books, enlightening podcasts, and tools of that nature.

For those looking for a simple way to kickstart their self-study journey, the power of journaling is a fantastic place to begin. Journaling is a great way to log our patterns for future reflection. This age-old practice gives us the lens to see the cause and effect of our behaviors. As patterns emerge, you can take this newfound knowledge and wield it the next time you find yourself in a similar situation.

But Svadhyaya isn't just about putting pen to paper. It can also be woven into your physical and spiritual practices. 

For instance, during your yoga asana practice, be a student not just of the external postures but also of how your body responds and how your mind reacts. Pay attention to the sensations, thoughts, and emotions that arise. Similarly, during a pranayama (breathing) practice, study your breath – its rhythm, depth, and how it connects you to your inner self. 

Delve deep. Study how your body dances with each pose, how your mind ebbs and flows during the movement and the pauses. Be a student of not just the external practice, but the rich tapestry of the internal one as well. Remember, it's about connecting to the things, people, and energies that resonate and heal you on a cellular level.

Lastly, and this is crucial – practicing Svadhyaya means also embracing Satya, or truthfulness. As we journey inwards, our observations shine the brightest when we're raw and honest with ourselves. The same goes for external learnings. If what you're absorbing isn't rooted in truth, you might find yourself straying from your path.

So here's my invitation to you: Dive into Svadhyaya. Study yourself, reflect, learn, and grow. The world awaits the most authentic version of you.

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