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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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Sophie Nusselder

My name is Sophie Nusselder. I started practicing and teaching yoga in 2008 and knew I started travelling a path that would change my life. Ever since my childhood I remember having a natural desire for physical movement. Born and raised on the Dutch countryside I loved to bike and hike in nature. The awareness of the breath in yoga made me connect with deeper layers. A fortification of magic in life! To me yoga means aligning. Yoga and meditation are tools to remove that what blocks me and allow space – the space of pure presence. By constantly returning to this space I discover what truth is and what is not. It’s direct communication, which results in pure clarity, free feelings, liberation and creativity. I experience yoga as a feeding of my deepest yearning, it creates challenges to develop myself and it works as a support in my inner pursuits.

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