#yogaabc: G is for Gunas

The word gunas can be attributed as ‘string’ or ‘stand’ as well as ‘attribute’ or ‘property’, and much like our contemporary scientific notion of String Theory in quantum physics, ancient yogic (Samkhya) philosophy models the world according to these strands of energy which spill over into matter. 🌌☀🌙🌅🐒🐘🐚🐜 It is thought that something brought the Universe out of its equilibrium pure energetic state and the physical Universe evolved as a result of the interplay of the three gunas: sattva (goodness, intellect, harmony, creativity), rajas (passion, activity, heat, self-centeredness), and tamas (darkness, destruction, coolness, chaos, leathargy/inertia) – striving to get back to equilibrium but never reaching it. 🌋🌋🌋 All of these three gunas are said to be present in everyone and everything in varying proportions, and even within one person they vary from moment to moment. Yoga helps to balance the gunas and promote greater levels of healthy Sattva in our lives. This is achieved through eating a predominantly more vegan, locally-sourced, organic diet; through a moderate lifestyle motivated out of love and respect for others; and physical practice and meditation along with control over the breath. By limiting the turbulence of the gunas in our lives, the idea is it frees us to do what we were born to do, to be of greater value to others and find greater happiness. 🌟🌟🌟