2nd Limb of Yoga – Niyamas – known as simply the do’s to enhance our lives by building our character and leading us forward to the deeper truth within.
- Saucha (cleanliness) – Saucha can be translated as cleanliness but not just in the physical sense. For example cultivating Saucha allows us to recognise the habits we have in our life that no longer serve us. If we take our bad habits onto the mat then our practice becomes a lot harder, we have to sift through the impurities or negatives we have picked up before reaping the benefits of yoga
- Santosha (contentment) – Santosha encourages us to accept and appreciate what we have and what we are, right now. From here we can move forward in our life and practise with more ease and …. contentment
- Tapas (discipline) – Tapas can be translated into discipline or burning enthusiasm. This Niyama helps us cultivate a sense of self discipline, passion and courage. Tapas has many meanings and how it is expressed in you can be different to someone else’s experience
- Svadhyaya (self study) – Svadhyaya literally means “one’s own reading” or “self study”. Practicing self reflection, observation and study of the self makes us more aware of the things we do that harm us, plus the things that serve us, bringing us in closer contact with our true self. Svadhyaya also encourages us to further educate ourselves in whatever inspires and fascinates us, deepening our own knowledge
- Isvara Pranidhana (surrendering to a higher power) – Isvara Pranidhana is often translated as “surrender to God”. Be ourselves, be authentic and life live fully, letting go of expectations. Cultivating Isvara Pranidhana in our life will ease the Vrittis that cause worry and stressful thoughts and offers us a chance to feel more empowered in our daily lives