SATYA IS A SANSKRIT TERM MEANING PURITY OR TRUTH.  MANY PEOPLE HAVE ASKED ME WHAT THESE HAVE TO DO WITH DETOXIFYING THE BODY. THE SIMPLE ANSWER IS THAT WE CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO SEE THE TRUTH OF OURSELVES UNTIL WE HAVE CLEARED AWAY THOSE THINGS THAT INHIBIT THE VIEW.  WHILE WE MAY RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF DIS-EASE IN THE BODY; ILLNESS, ACHES, PAINS, LETHARGY, DESPAIR, LONGING....  WE DON'T ALWAYS RECOGNIZE THEM AS THE BODY'S CALLING FOR WHOLENESS.  WE CONTINUE OUR DAILY LIVES AND HABITS, NOT REALIZING THEM TO BE THE CAUSE OF THE BODY'S COMPLAINTS.  WE MAY COMPLAIN OF FEELING ILL OR OUT OF SORTS AND ATTRIBUTE THESE SENSATIONS AS A PART OF THE AGING PROCESS, AN ASPECT OF THE LUNAR PHASE OR CHANGE IN ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE.  SOME MAY EVEN RECOGNIZE THEIR HABITS TO BE AT LEAST A PORTION OF THE BODY'S DIS-EASE, BUT  FEEL UNMOTIVATED OR UNAWARE OF HOW TO ALTER THEIR LIFESTYLES.  THROUGH A DETOXIFYING YOGA PRACTICE, WE BEGIN TO RID THE BODY OF ACCUMULATED TOXINS AND WASTE.  WE BEGIN TO PURIFY THE BODY SO THAT WE CAN BEGIN TO SEE THE TRUTH OF OURSELVES.  

SATYA GOES BEYOND OUR PHYSICAL SELVES.  WITH REGULAR DETOXIFICATION WE MAY RID THE BODY OF ACCUMULATED TOXINS, BUT WE ALSO TEND TO RETAIN NEGATIVE EMOTIONS.  SOME BELIEVE THESE ARE THE TRUE CAUSE OF DIS-EASE.  TUCKED AWAY DEEP INTO THE CONNECTIVE TISSUES TO BE DEALT WITH AT A MORE OPPORTUNE TIME OR JUST HIDDEN UNDER ALL THE LAYERS HOPING NEVER TO BE FELT AGAIN, THESE STORED EMOTIONS CREATE THE SPACE IN WHICH TOXINS THRIVE.  TOGETHER, THESE COHORTS WEAVE THEMSELVES UNTIL THE BODY BECOMES RIGID, UNABLE TO MOVE FREELY WITHOUT PAIN OR DISCOMFORT.  WE CAN RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS OF EMOTIONAL TOXICITY MOST OFTEN WHEN SOMEONE "HITS OUR BUTTON".   YOU MAY ASK YOURSELF LATER WHY, YOU WENT OFF IN A RAGE OVER SOMETHING SO SMALL, NOT REALIZING THE EMOTION YOU TUCKED AWAY SO LONG AGO. 

SATYA ALSO ENCOMPASSES OUR SPIRITUAL SELVES.  MOST OF US RECOGNIZE SOMETHING LARGER THAN OURSELVES, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT WE ATTEND CHURCH REGULARLY.  RELIGION CAN BE SEEN AS AN OUTWARD EXPRESSION OF OUR SPIRITUALITY.  IT IS A MEANS IN WHICH TO DEEPEN OUR FAITH AND CONNECT WITH OTHERS OF SIMILAR BELIEFS.  SPIRITUALITY IS DEEPER.  IT IS MORE PERSONAL AND UNIQUELY FELT IN EACH ONE OF US.  WHEN WE ARE ALIGNED WITH OUR SPIRITUAL SELVES, WE FEEL AT PEACE WITH OURSELVES AND OUR LIVES.  WHEN WE ARE NOT ALIGNED, WE FEEL AN EMPTINESS WITHIN.  MANY OF US WILL SEARCH FOR FULFILLMENT THROUGH OUTSIDE SOURCES SUCH AS ALCOHOL, DRUGS, SHOPPING, RELATIONSHIPS....ALWAYS TRYING TO FIND THAT FEELING OF CONTENTMENT, OF WHOLENESS.  

THROUGH SATYA, WE DETOXIFY THE BODY FROM ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS, EMOTIONAL RESTRAINTS AND UNFULFILLED SEARCHES FOR PEACE.  AND THROUGH THIS DETOXIFICATION, WE RECOGNIZE THE TRUTH OF OURSELVES, THE PURITY OF OUR BEING - OUR SATYA.

BUT SATYA DOES NOT END THERE.  SATYA EXTENDS BEYOND OUR INTERNAL BEINGS.  SATYA ALSO REFERS TO HOW WE RESPOND TO OUR WORLD.