Our theme for March is faith. The Sanskrit word for faith is sraddha, which is also translated as confidence and trust. B.K.S. Iyengar writes in his book, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, “Sraddha should not be understood simply as faith. It also conveys mental and intellectual firmness. Interestingly, Patanjali’s first use of the word sraddha is explicitly to encourage the sadhaka [practitioner] to intensify his sadhana [practice] in order to reach the highest goal.”
Pranayama is the practice of experiencing the boundless potential of prana, or life force, inherent within us. It’s less about contorting the breath and more about removing the obstructions that block its flow. From this perspective, pranayama is a surrender to the awesome reservoir of depth and power already within us.