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Sthira and Sukha – Finding balance on and off the mat

When it comes to the practice of yoga and philosophies that come with it, the concept of finding balance is recurring, and boldly relevant.

The very nature of life manifests as the ebb and flow of light versus dark, strength versus weakness, good versus evil. Yet we may often find, through the teachings of yoga and the lessons of life, that harmony lies in the balance. We see it in the Earth and Moon cycles; in the tides of the oceans as they rise and fall.

We experience it when there are highs in our lives followed by heartbreaking lows.

There is a latent rhythm to it all.

The concept of Sthira and Sukha in yogic philosophy alludes to exactly that; the polarized yet completely balanced nature of life. These two concepts are found in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a collection of 196 Sutras (aphorisms) on the theory and practice of yoga.

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