Interview with Katiza Satya, spiritual adviser at Delight Yoga

Interview with Katiza Satya

Katiza Satya is partner, senior teacher and spiritual adviser at Delight Yoga. Katiza shares some insights about her view on Inner Peace.

Let’s pretend that we’re thoroughly unfamiliar with contemporary spiritual vocabularies. How would you describe your teaching to us?
Satya means Truth - referring to being truthful in one's thought, speech and action. In Yoga, Satya is one of five Yamas, the virtuous restraint from falsehood and distortion of reality in one's expressions and actions.

Was there a turning point in your life when you felt you connected to your inner peace?
I knew it was always there, when I was alone and quiet. When I stopped the impulses of wanting something or being discontent with the situation. This started at quite a young age, when I was about 13 or 14 years old. Inner peace has always been a great friend I can always find inside. 

What does inner peace mean to you? 
Being connected with my real me. 

When do you experience Inner Peace? And when do you loose that inner peace?  
For me it is constant now. It's not an experience anymore. It is who I am.

What would you advice people as a practical tool to (re)connect to their inner peace? 
What is your tip to find inner peace? Be quiet. Be silent. Connect to the present moment.

Do you think inner peace influences outer peace? If yes, in what way? If no, why not?
There is no such thing as outer peace without inner peace.

Do you have a ritual?
For me, rituals are meant to connect the unseen with the seen, the immaterial with the form, which makes everything in presence a ritual.  

Do you have a spot in Amsterdam where you always feel peaceful? 
I always feel peaceful at home. And I feel at home everywhere… What I love about Amsterdam are its unpredictable skies, the ever-changing weather. This always reminds me that the infinite blue space is always out there and that the Sun always shines – even though you might not be able to see it directly. This is what makes me feel at home again and again. 

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.