Yoga Challenge: Yamas (Interpersonal Ethics) #2 – Satya (Truthfulness)

Daily Yogi branch of Yamas lower limb of yoga - Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, Aparigraha
Yamas – Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, Aparigraha

Happy Day 2 of our 30 Day Yoga Challenge – Satya

Today we are examining the second of the five Yamas – Satya or Truthfulness.

1st Limb of Yoga – Yamas #2- Satya (Truthfulness)

As you will notice, much of the Yamas, or Interpersonal Ethics, are based fairly universally agreed upon morals and the Golden Rule. Satya means being truthful to others and with yourself, in thoughts, words, and actions.

It is important to note that the literal translation of Satya (SAHT-yah) is truth, but it is often translated as Benevolent Truthfulness. This means it is usually better to keep a hurtful truth to oneself. If you determine it is necessary to share a hurtful truth, make sure to do so as gently and compassionately as possible. On a deeper level, Satya is about more than just not telling lies, but about seeing the reality of situations, others, and ourselves.

I think with we can agree we all can use more benevolent truths.

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is sharing a kind truth with someone you care about for Satya (truthfulness) Day. Let’s make it big today… we could all use a big pick me up! Need some ideas?

  • Contact your best friend just to say how much you admire their drive, or loyalty or the ability to always make you laugh.
  • Tell your significant other how much you appreciate the thing you love most about them.
  • Call a friend or family member who had a significant positive impact on your life, and let them know how thankful you are.
  • Message an old colleague or boss who helped you on your path, and thank them for their mentoring.
  • Reach out to someone you love and/or someone you know could use a pick-me-up.
  • Give an acquaintance or a passer-by a compliment about something that changes every day, like their hair, outfit, or a unique accessory.

Want more Satya practices? Check out our Satya Guide!

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6 thoughts on “Yoga Challenge: Yamas (Interpersonal Ethics) #2 – Satya (Truthfulness)

  1. I’ve really been struggling today with a sick husband and a toddler, and my in-laws didn’t hesitate to drive over 3 hours to come help out. I gave them giant hugs and told them how much I appreciate them coming and everything that they do for our family.

    1. 5 years ago this week, I met a group of awesome women who now are forever life long friends. I let them know how much our friendship means to me and I wouldn’t be a sane as I am without them. 💛

  2. Today I was feeling run down and my husband offered to take care of dinner for us. I thanked him and told him how much I love him and appreciate everything he does to take care of me and our household.

  3. I wrote a postcard to a college friend I send letters back and forth with, and made this one all about how awesome she is 🙂

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