~Austerity~

Austerity refers to a disciplined spiritual practice, or sadhana, that purifies the body and mind of anything that prevents or blocks connection with the higher Self, or God. Austerities are not so much a practice of denying oneself, but of removing obstacles that are preventing the yogi from growing spiritually. The self-denial of austerities, therefore, ultimately enriches the yogi’s life.

In Patanjali’s eight-limbed path of yoga, austerities are one of the niyamas known as tapas, a word often translated as “austerity” or “discipline.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s