Satya is the second yama or discipline in the yogic code of conduct. Satya is speaking the truth with a spirit of kindness.
The practice of yoga values simplicity and clarity. When we tell the truth we have a clean conscience. Lying usually ends up causing complication, confusion, or guilt. It is difficult to follow a spiritual path burdened with these states.
In yoga it is said when the mind becomes serene, the true Self is reflected clearly and we are able to realize the Truth of our original nature.
Satya in our personal lives means to be honest with ourselves. Satya in our relationships means honesty and the right use of words with a spirit of benevolence. Satya in our social and political choices means standing up for our truest values and beliefs.
In The Ethics of Love Vimala McClure suggests ways we can practice Satya in everyday life. She encourages us to
• See, hear, feel and speak what is really going on
• Empower and encourage yourself and others
• Practice honesty
• State needs and feelings
• Align thoughts, words and actions
• Keep your word
Satya is about living an honest life and is central to the path of yoga.