Satya Yoga – The Yoga Of Truthfulness
Satya yoga is a form of yoga that focuses on truthfulness and authenticity, underpinned by love for other people. Satya states that when we love someone, we should be straightforward with them, and not hide or mask anything. Doing so allows us to be our most authentic and loving selves, and share that with those we care most about.
I’m going to break down some core principles of satya yoga, and combine them with some actionable steps we can all take today to create more peace, and more contentment in our everyday lives.
The power of language
Language has tremendous power. What we say to ourselves, and what we say to others, can shape our identity and our reality. Humans are able to use langugue so functionally – we use it to inform, argue, persuade, manipulate, love, empathise. So, I strongly believe we need to be careful when using our language, as with great power comes great responsibility.
This is what satya yoga is all about. Let’s imagine you have a knee injury. You tell yourself time and time again ‘I have a bad knee’, ‘My knee hurts’, ‘I can’t do that because my knee is bad’. Satya yoga would respond to this by saying that the constant labelling of your knee as ‘bad’ actually affects your experience of it, and makes your knee more ‘bad’. In fact, we shouldn’t really label anything.
You may think your knee is bad because it is painful, or stiff. Now you’ve labelled ‘pain’ and ‘stiffness’ as bad. Really they are not bad, you just tell yourself they are bad, and it makes you feel justified in what you are feeling. In reality, they are just experiences and sensations, that we can re-frame and manage more responsibly.
But won’t it hurt people if I always tell them the truth? Well, maybe. But it depends how you say it. Satya follows ahimsa – this is the highest-ranking yama and means non-violence. Sophocles said, “Truly, to tell lies is not honorable; but when the truth entails tremendous ruin, to speak dishonorably is pardonable.” In short, be tactful, be kind but most of all be honest – satya says that when acting from this place, you can never really go wrong. However, if you can’t find a nicer way to tell the truth, it’s probably better to say nothing at all.
Satya yoga also focuses on exploring the truth for yourself. There is said to be an un-changing truth within all of us – a part of us that if we are willing, we can connect to on a much deeper level. This part of us is stillness, peace and ever-present. The more we connect with this within us, the more peace and contentment we can feel.
I can’t help but feel this is a lot like meditation – and it makes a lot of sense. All of these traditional, powerful practices are connected by core ideas.
This idea that there is a consciousness, a truth within in and tapping into this can be life-changing, is found within different theories, and sometimes named different things. I believe it is not our job to find out which of these is ‘true’ or ‘correct’, but to accept that there is obviously something to it – there is something within us that is bigger than ourselves.
Speak it into existence
The yoga sutra states that when we perfect the principles of satya – we are rewarded with being able to manifest what we speak about. Manifesting is an incredibly power concept – and we are said to be manifesting everything that is in our current reality, all the time. We are natural born manifesters, but when we know this, we can more consciously create the life we want.
Satya yoga suggests that when we connect with the most inner part of ourselves, and perfect its’ teachings, we are able to manifest our desires more easily, by being more conscious of what we speak about. I love the idea of manifesting, and I’d love for us all to try it out. Here are some principles of conscious manifesting you can try to apply, whilst embarking on your satya yoga journey:
Conscious manifesting with satya
1. Get clear on what you want
You must know what you want. If you do’t know where you are going, how will you every get there?
2. Feel it and believe it
Act as if your desire has already manifested into your life. Visualising is a powerful way to do this – your brain can’t actually tell the difference between real life and a visualisation, so use this to your advantage. You could also use affirmations – affirmations have been found to be extremely effective. Your subconscious brain does not like dissonance, so when you say something aloud to yourself, your brain must make it true. Satya says you can truly speak your truth into existence, and decide what you want you truth to be.
3. Clear yourself from limiting beliefs, or unconscious blocks
You must make space for your manifestations to come into your life energetically. Ask the universe to show you your blocks, and set you free from your limiting beliefs. This step is guided by the principles of satya – finding your truth can sometimes be scary or daunting. We all have things or memories that we would rather forget, and more likely than not, these things haunt us to this day. Be honest with yourself, and let yourself feel the emotions you need to feel, in order to have the space to let them go.
4. Let it go
Imagine if you really, truly knew that your manifestation was coming to you, no matter what. You wouldn’t stress about it, you wouldn’t be worried about it, you would relax and chill, knowing it was yours and it was coming to you. This is crucial because your energy matters. If your energy is clouded by anxiety, worry and stress, guess what you will attract – anxiety, worry and stress.
So, we’ve figured out what some of the key concepts of satya yoga are – and with this, we’ve seen how we can apply these to our everyday lives.
I don’t know about you but I love the principles of satya yoga. I think that whether or not we use these principles for a yoga practice, there is something we can all take away from it – be honest, kind, and find your truth. Simple.
Let me know how it goes!