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Svadhyaya – written by Sophie Nusselder-

By self-observation, union with the desired deity is brought about*.

Svadhyaya literally means’ self-study of scriptures. But it also has a broader meaning as ‘self-reflection’.

In the former post I wrote Tapas is the key element of a yoga practice: it is the transforming heat that burns away impurities. The purification of Tapas allows you to better see what you’re doing. In this process reading, studying and reflecting on sacred texts like Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras, Upanishads can help. That’s Svadhyaya.

You can also take Svadhyaya as the development of wisdom through self-reflection. Each yoga practice (asana, meditation, pranayama) can help you to give insights, which can help you to become in a new way aware of yourself.

*Source: Four chapters of freedom: Swami Satyananada Saraswati

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