Samadhi is often translated as bliss. As I continue to explore the limbs of yoga as translated, adapted, and informed by my Western perspectives, I find it helpful to dive into the definition of words.
So, what does bliss mean?
Bliss means perfect happiness, great joy, and merriment. This definition has made me realize that I have experienced more moments of samadhi than I originally thought. When I was first learning the limbs of yoga, I felt that my past conditioning influenced my concept of yoga. I had an underlying belief that “God” or “heaven” was somewhere else or that ecstasy could only be experienced on another plane of existence.
Samadhi is often portrayed visually as someone sitting in Easy Pose or Lotus Pose, either in nature or in a cosmic world highlighting the expansiveness of the universe. This can lead us to believe that there…