Daya: A Yoga Practice of Compassion

By
Victor Dubin, ERYT-500
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I am not as compassionate as I would like to be. I am inclined to be ego-driven and to retreat to my own corner of the world. My ego tells me that above all else that what I perceive to be “me” should be safeguarded, preserved, and strengthened. And that is precisely why I intentionally practice compassion, daya, identified in the Yoga Yajnavalkya (chapter 1, verse 63) as a yama “ … to be kind to all beings everywhere.” 

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