Niyamas: Observances of Yoga | Chapter 5: Isvara-Pranidhana

Isvara-pranidhana is the practice of humility. Faith. Surrender. Dedication. Before I was a yogi, I was an engineer. I was trained to ‘use your brain’, question everything and always find an answer. On top of that, I had little faith in anything – not God, not people around me, not really even myself or theContinue reading “Niyamas: Observances of Yoga | Chapter 5: Isvara-Pranidhana”

Niyamas: Observances of Yoga | Chapter 4: Svadhyaya

Svadhyaya is the practice of self-study. Do you take time each day to reflect on your thoughts, words and actions? Why is svadhyaya important? Self-reflection, self-awareness, self-knowledge, self-self-self. It almost seems… selfish. Yet we’ve all been on an airplane and heard “secure your air mask before assisting others.” In order to show up for theContinue reading “Niyamas: Observances of Yoga | Chapter 4: Svadhyaya”

Niyamas: Observances of Yoga | Chapter 3: Tapas

Tapas is the practice of igniting your inner fire. (No, this is not a blog on Spanish mini-meals). Tapas is a dedication to your highest self and towards developing healthy habits that are supportive, loving, and fueling. Through a consistent practice your unhealthy habits will naturally fall away. Tapas is the practice of causing positiveContinue reading “Niyamas: Observances of Yoga | Chapter 3: Tapas”

Niyamas: Observances of Yoga | Chapter 2: Santosha

Santosha means contentment. Before you read this blog, take a moment and list 10 things (yes, 10) that you are grateful for. Santosha means contentment for who we are and where we are at in life. Santosha does not mean laziness or complacency, in fact, those are near enemies of a santosha lifestyle. Everything isContinue reading “Niyamas: Observances of Yoga | Chapter 2: Santosha”

Niyamas: Observances of Yoga | Chapter 1: Sauca

At this point we’ve made it through the first limb of yoga, the yamas, or the internal ethics of yoga. Now we move onto the second (there are eight total) limb of yoga, the niyamas. Niyamas are how we are externally; how we take care of our body, heart-mind and immediate surroundings. Sauca, the firstContinue reading “Niyamas: Observances of Yoga | Chapter 1: Sauca”

Yamas: Ethical Practices of Yoga | Chapter 5: Aparigraha

Aparigraha means non-grasping, non-hoarding, and letting go. Aparigraha is my all time favorite yama practice because of the freedom and openness it brings to my life. When we let go of that which does not serve us or bring us joy, we create space for more happiness, well-being, clarity, intuition and wisdom. How can weContinue reading “Yamas: Ethical Practices of Yoga | Chapter 5: Aparigraha”

Yamas: Ethical Practices of Yoga | Chapter 4: Brahmacarya

Brahmacarya means proper use of energy. Before you read this blog, take a moment and think: On the pendulum of “being so busy you can’t think straight” to living like a monk in isolation, where do you fall? Hopefully you land somewhere right in the middle, not too far to either one side. Brahmacarya, theContinue reading “Yamas: Ethical Practices of Yoga | Chapter 4: Brahmacarya”

Yamas: Ethical Practices of Yoga | Chapter 3: Asteya

Asteya means non-stealing. Before you read this blog, take a moment and think: Have you ever taken up somebody else’s time or energy for your own fulfillment that they might have better spent on something else? [Don’t be an energy vampire!] Our third yama, asteya, means non-stealing. We’ve been taught since we were children thatContinue reading “Yamas: Ethical Practices of Yoga | Chapter 3: Asteya”

Yamas: Ethical Practices of Yoga | Chapter 2: Satya

Satya means truthfulness. Before you read this blog, take a moment: Think about something that you once thought to be the truth, but now do not. Did you resist the change, or accept the new truth with ease and grace? Satya means truthfulness and sincerity. Being truthful and sincere allows us to perceive reality asContinue reading “Yamas: Ethical Practices of Yoga | Chapter 2: Satya”

Yamas: Ethical Practices of Yoga | Chapter 1: Ahimsa

Ahimsa means non-violence and compassion. Before you read this blog, take a moment to think: How might you be practicing non-compassion towards yourself? In what ways do you show compassion towards others? Alright, now it may seem like I’m about to spew a bunch of foreign words at you and you might think ‘I amContinue reading “Yamas: Ethical Practices of Yoga | Chapter 1: Ahimsa”