Avoid the trap of self-righteousness. We all fall into it. But get back out. We want to live free and clean. We must feel forgiveness sink deep in our hearts and where we are wrong we apologize and amend. Free of past and future we can be present on each breath. This is where love exists.
This week in the studio we're working on #svadhyaya , the fourth #niyama from #patanjali 's Yoga Sutras.
Svadhyaya refers to "self study", or "Self study", as I prefer to focus on. The former refers to the more physical form or who we are; our ego. While the latter Self represents who we are at a deeper level, without outside influences; who we are at our core. By discovering our true Self, we move closer to the Divine within. As the Sutras state, "Study thyself, discover the divine," 11:44.
The more we work to discover who we are at our core, the closer we get to moving away from the outside distractions that aren't serving us to be the best version of ourself. We then move closer to being at one with our true nature; moving past the ego, the fluctuations of the mind, and past criticism.
In a traditional sense, the Sutras referred to backing up one's own knowledge with sacred texts, such as #thebhagavadgita , #thebible or #hebrewscriptures , but I prefer to look at it in a more secular and modern way and say that it could also be reinforced through podcasts, or poems, or even magazines. Whatever serves you to allow you to deepen your knowledge, understanding and empathy. Whatever it is that allows you and supports you on your curious journey. I have a passion for yoga, so proselytise about that, but it truly is about whatever serves you.
A beautiful practice to employ off the mat is to observe yourself as if projecting yourself upon a movie screen. As you watch, ask yourself "do I like what I see?" Do you like the way you see yourself interact with others; with yourself?
How do you interpret Svadhyaya? All of this is just my own interpretation, through my "self" (little s). I'm sure you've got your own. Please share, as, like we all are, I'm forever the humble student, thirsty for more insight.
The third niyama, tapas, means self discipline or austerity.
It is through discipline of practice that we can rid ourselves of the negative and build a life of happiness and love.
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I'm back and teaching tomorrow 6am Warm Sunrise at @pranayogastudio ! We will practice Tapas (self discipline) by a) showing up at 6am! b) in our #Asana practice really listening to the body, to be disciplined in how we practice... Does the body yearn for more or are you feeling unstable? Are you really listening to find out of how your movement and breath are supporting you? Let's find harmony to get the most out of our holistic practice. Here is your wake up call! See you on your mat.
This is the final part of a 10-part series exploring each of the #yamasandniyamas to discover how we can incorporate them both on and off the mat for a deeper, richer life of yoga.
Translator of the Sutras Swami Satchidananda says that if you’re able to master this #niyama , there is no need to practice any of the others….he takes it to means offering our actions up to ‘the divine’ and humanity; because as we’ve all heard many times before - we are in fact all one.
In most translations of #isvarapranidhana we’re advised to ‘surrender’ to a Supreme Being or higher self, which in essence means cultivating a deep and trusting relationship with the universe, and making each action an offering to something bigger than us.
Remaining fixed and rigid in our conditioned patterns, habits and limitations only leads to a limited life. Surrendering is hugely challenging, because it means transcending the ego, and the ego will do everything it can to hold on to some control. Surrendering to what is requires trust in our deepest Self, our intuition and the courage to express ourselves for who we are, as we are, with all of our perfect imperfections, which ultimately leads to freedom.
Whether it’s surrendering to a moment of difficulty or a moment of joy, surrendering the results of our actions, or simply learning to trust in the universe a little more; each time we do choose to surrender, we move closer to freedom.
With that I wrap up the 10 yamas & niyamas. I hope you've enjoyed them, and have become a little more aware of your world through them. Stay tuned for a 30 day #yamaandniyamachallenge coming up soon. In the meantime I'm sending you all my biggest heartfelt wishes for a wonderful day. Namaste.
Cuttin', choppin', trimmin', haulin', sweatin', itchin'...and goin' #backtotheearth .
Whenever I seem to get lost, a day in the dirt always turns me around.
Maintaining this vintage charmer (inside and out) is not for the faint of heart, but as I sit for a moment basking in the renewed beauty, once again I realize my little slice of heaven.
I am #wellthy#sunnybellestate#beewellthy#dowork#getdirty#niyama#samtosa
The last of Patanjali's Niyamas (practices to cultivate for supporting yoga in your life), is Ishvara pranidhana. which translates as surrendering/offering/bowing to the higher Self or Supreme Being. Ultimately this is a practice of cultivating a deep and trusting relationship with the universe, and making each action an offering to something bigger than us. This is being in service, this is connection to Spirit, God, the Great Mystery. And this is connection to and with, Love.
Join us this Sunday coming for the last in this series of exploring and creating embodied authentic relationship on and off the mat and let's explore this possibility, this devotion, and this reconnecting to the Love that is who you are :-). Open to all. There are a few spaces still available. Booking essential. 1:30-4:30pm.
Within every relationship is the fear that we will be misunderstood and imagined by our lover rather than properly investigated. We are disturbed when our lover assumes knowledge of our needs and troubles, and gets it wrong. They don't try to find out; they don't carefully and lovingly seek out the precise nature of what it is we are experiencing. They simply say, "Your problem is..." or "What you need to do is..." and one feels bereft because the comments are not stupid, just inaccurate in our case. They could very well be true of someone else (our partners former lover; their difficult brother; or Father; sister; or Mother; when we don't investigate the present we tend to project theories from our past.) Yoga is unity. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Yoga is relationship. Yoga in action, in all forms, physical, mental, intellectual and transcendental evokes awareness. This awakening teaches us the value of attending closely to experience, being present, here, in the now and looking at what is actually before us, taking into consideration the emotions involved and how they influence our behavior and respecting the true diversity and individuality of the world. All relationships take great patience. There is no room for ego in any integral relationship. Understanding of each other and expressing ourselves clearly is key. This, too is love. Unconditional love. Love in its most purest, truest form. Fear can't dwell here.
Part of this is quoted from an Art Therapy book I came across at work and the rest is my commentary relating it to yoga. Everything and anything that leads towards peace is yoga to me. I felt so validated when I came across these words today because I've really been thinking about how unpleasant experiences from the past tremendously influence the now, and they should to an extent but not negatively. Anyway I hope you get as much insight from these words as I did. Peace ✌🏽❤️ #reflect#svadhyaya#hindsightis2020#investigate#beherenow#dontproject#doyourbest#begreat
A little something from this morning's 8am with @carlz_yoga I snuck out for a delicious musical practice and it was certainly worth getting up early for. A beautiful room full of likeminded souls doing their tapas together and starting the weekend off right. Tomorrow unfortunately no Dex this weekend but he's making a guest appearance Wednesday night instead. Sunday you will however find the sensational @sara.kirstin.yoga for 8am Yin, magnificent Megan for 9:30 am Hatha and crazy Carlz for 11 am Hot 😘
It's week 3 of studying the Niyamas! This week we talk about Tapas, heat and austerity. Tapas is a tool to burn off impurities. The asana practice is an essential limb to ignite our inner passion and create Agni, fire, in the body. We play with the line of creating heat while moving away from pain. The journey of a yogi is long and requires endurance and patience, tapas helps us prepare for this. Our flame ignites the strongest when we are working towards our passion, why we show up. We come to our mats as we are and burn off what we no longer need. Tapas helps us not to change but to burn down the citta vrittis, mind disturbances, clearing the path on our journey to become our truest selves.
Join me today at 5p @3bridgesyoga York as we will work with this powerful Niyama. #yoga#yogateacher#community#york#maine#seacoast#niyama#tapas#ignitethespark
Mini milestone this morning, I finally touched my toes.... with my elbows 🤗 OK I cheated and lifted my toes a bit. But considering way back when I started yoga many moons ago I could just graze them with my fingers I'd say that's plenty more mobility. Keep practicing and you never know what becomes possible! Shout out to @stevesedg as this happened in your class this morning, first time ever! 👊👊👊
We are nearing the end of our week studying Niyama no. 3, Tapas. I have loved shining a light on moments of work and reflecting internally. Tapas means to have zeal, enthusiasm and energy for your work- whatever that may be. Studies done around centenarians (people who live to 100 +) show that a strong work ethic can slow the ageing process and stave off many other health issues. I think it's just as important to do the work looking after yourself so that you can be of service too. Get enough rest, eat well and practice. And whatever you're working on remember to value it- even if others don't appear to sometimes. Bring your full attention to the task at hand and use it to be present. Even repetitive tasks actually only get done once in time. Have a brilliant day, I'm off to unload the dishwasher!
#NIYAMA : Normas de conducta que se refieren a la disciplina individual.
#SAUCHA : LIMPIEZA, PURIFICACIÓN.
El baño limpia externamente. #Asana y #pranayama limpian internamente nuestro cuerpo y mente. El primero tonifica el #cuerpo y expulsa las #toxinas , el segundo limpia y airea los pulmones, oxigena la sangre, purifica los nervios.
La #mente también se ha de #purificar mediante #bhakti de #emociones como el odio, la rabia, la pasión, la lujuria, la avaricia, el engaño y el orgullo.
El intelecto (buddhi) se purifica mediante #svadyaya . Esta depuración interior proporciona fulgor y gozo; nos trae benevolencia al tiempo que aleja el dolor mental, el abatimiento, la pena y la desesperación. Cuando la mente está lúcida, resulta fácil volverla unidireccional (#ekagra ).
Los medios mediante los cuales nos procuramos el sustento han de ser puros. El alimento debe ser tomado con la sensación de que con cada bocado adquirimos fuerzas para servir a la Divinidad (cualquiera que sea el concepto de Dios). El alimento ha de tomarse con el fin de favorecer la #salud , la #fuerza , la #energía y la #vida y deberá ser sencillo, nutritivo, jugoso y reconfortante. Con el transcurso del tiempo el/la practicante de #yoga tiende a adoptar una dieta vegetariana afín de obtener atención uni-direccional y #evolución#espiritual . El carácter se moldea según el tipo de alimentos que tomamos. El #yogui que cree en la armonía come tan solo para atender a su sustento, ni mucho, ni poco.
Para las prácticas espirituales es también importante la limpieza del lugar en el que las realizamos.
(Descripción según Sadhana Pada de los #YogaSutras de #Patañjali del Libro "Luz Sobre El Yoga".)