Episode: 32

The 4 Pillars of Life & Yoga with Savira Gupta

Welcome to Episode 32 of Let’s Talk Yoga!

Packed with so much information and knowledge, today’s episode is one that you should not miss. My guest today, Savira Gupta, expertly shares her knowledge of the Puruṣārtha system or the four pillars of life. She discusses these, one by one, and how each of the pillars relates to yoga teachers. She has a deep understanding of the system which makes her a passionate yoga teacher. Don’t miss her helpful advice towards the end of the show.

Savira Gupta comes from a family of strong women rooted in the Arya Samaj tradition who wanted to revive the Vedic way of life and the need to create a just society for all despite color, caste, or creed. She is a dedicated Yin Yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Savira’s sessions are created from her own experiences and journey in life where she combines the key principles of compassion, non-judgment, self-reflection, and humor and with perspective. They are combined with stories of yoga mythology and scriptures from the Bhagavad Gita,

In Vedic texts and within the Ramayana and Mahabharata great epics, Purusharthas are Sanskrit words to “goals of human existence” or “the soul’s purpose.” These universal aims influence every thought and deed of our lives. They are artha, kama, dharma, and moksha. A more integrated vision of the four Purusharthas, and closer to their original intent, is that for such a complete spiritual ripening to occur, we need to integrate and balance all four, the foremost of which is dharma.

Episode Highlights:

  • How yoga became part of Savira’s life
  • Yoga in the UK vs Yoga in the US
  • How Savira’s practice changed when she moved out of India then came back
  • Savira elaborates on the Puruṣārtha system
  • The Dharma of a yoga teacher according to Savira
  • Passion vs Purpose
  • The dangers of using the word “Dharma” loosely
  • Artha and how it relates to yoga teachers
  • Savira’s advice to yoga teachers earning little money
  • Is there a relationship between the age and spiritual maturity of yoga teachers?
  • Savira’s take on teaching yoga for free
  • Kama, the 3rd pillar, for yoga teachers
  • Moksha: how to bring it into our everyday life

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Savira Gupta

Savira comes from a family of strong women rooted in the Arya Samaj Tradition; a tradition that was founded in April 1875 by Swami Dayanand Saraswati, who wanted to revive the Vedic way of life and the need to create a just society for all despite colour, cast or creed. Having spent her childhood in Malaysia, formative years in India, teenage years in France and adult years both in the UK and USA, she believes that this has given her the foundation to relate to people from all walks of life. Out of her passion for Yin Yoga, formed whilst a senior teacher with Yogalife. She decided to establish her own Art of Svādhyāya™ through Yin and Hatha Yoga Trainings in New Delhi and Chennai, bringing Yin Yoga into the spotlight.


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