What is Satya?
Updated: Mar 17, 2022
Satya (truthfulness), is the second of the Yamas.
It helps to guide us to think, speak and act with integrity. It helps us to see and communicate things as they really are and not how we wish them to be.
'Sat' translates from Sanskrit as 'true nature', which can be understood as 'that which is unchangeable with no distortion'.
Our moods, thoughts and emotions are extremely sensitive and interchangeable but these are the very things that create our own truth and experience. We can focus so much on the changes in life rather than the unchanging truth.
Through the practice of yoga it helps us to calm the fluctuations of the mind and helps us to realise our own true unchanging nature (Atman - realisation).
You can practice Satya with yourself, on your mat or with family, friends and relationships with all others in your life.
But there is a balance. Ask yourself: 'will I truly help this person or am I doing this to prove/ gain something?'.
Are you practicing this with yourself and others in your life?
Try do this today and see how you feel, but remember to have compassion in your truthfulness.
Sometimes it's better to be kind, than to be right.
-- We are not defined by our emotions, we are not our thoughts. --