Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Samsaya Mean?

Samsaya is a Sanskrit word that means “doubt.” It is an important concept in yoga because, in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Sutra 1:30, Patanjali lists samsaya as one of the 10 obstacles on the yoga path. Other obstacles include frustration and sadness, for example.

Yogis suggest that samsaya is a natural part of the process of yoga and reflects the fact that life is filled with uncertainty. It is a universal obstacle, and one which is experienced by all yogis at some point on their yogic and spiritual journey. Its presence is, therefore, not a bad thing; but, rather, something which can ultimately strengthen a yoga practice if tackled appropriately. Samsaya is countered with self-belief, faith and a determination to move forward.


Yogapedia Explains Samsaya

Samsaya is recognized as something that can be a confusing and unpleasant experience for a yogi, and one which feels personal, even though it is actually experienced by all. This is considered to be the result of the ego personalizing the struggle as a way of deterring the yogi from experiencing true unity and oneness.

Ways around or through samsaya are to become more grounded in a yoga practice, and continue to practice yoga with honesty and focus. The more concentration and an attitude of non-attachment that’s cultivated, the easier it is said to be to overcome samsaya. It is also helped by a greater yearning to follow a spiritual path.

Some say that at times of intense samsaya, an effective way to get through it is to be in the presence of a guru. Yogis believe gurus can inspire the faith and strength to progress on a spiritual path.

During These Times of Stress and Uncertainty Your Doshas May Be Unbalanced.

To help you bring attention to your doshas and to identify what your predominant dosha is, we created the following quiz.

Try not to stress over every question, but simply answer based off your intuition. After all, you know yourself better than anyone else.




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