September Samskaras

Beautiful and inspiring words coming into the month of September. I needed these words yesterday and will sure try to hold it to heart on my yoga journey. Thank you joyfulyogablog.

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Greetings fellow yogis and yoginis!

In Sanskrit, one of the oldest of languages, the word samskara (also spelled “sanskara”) means inner patterns, and memories like grooves that create our mental, emotional and physical default settings.  Neurophysiologists mapping neural pathways in the brain report that each time we react in certain ways, whether it is feeling love, getting angry, procrastinating or any repeated behavior, wanted or unwanted, we strengthen the power of that pathway.

Samskaras are powerful, which is why knowing better doesn’t always change the behavior. We now know there are very effective and simple ways of changing these grooves. The brain is so malleable, so able to take and hold impressions, that as long as we keep leading it toward new pathways, practices and experiences we will eventually eliminate the old unwanted ones.

One of the best ways to create new samskaras is to continue to consciously shift negative…

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