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A Master Guide to Practicing the Yamas & Niyamas

A Master Guide to Practicing the Yamas & Niyamas

Surprise, another post on the yamas and niyamas! I know I said last week that we were wrapping up the Yama and NIyama series, but I decided to include a bonus post. In completing the individual posts, one for each tenant, I thought it might be really useful to have one final post that provided an overview of all ten, creating a master list that you can come back to as you practice these tenants in your daily life.

So, what I've done below is provide a list of all ten tenants with short descriptions and what practicing each tenant will bring into your life. Each one is also linked to its corresponding full post; this way if you'd like to be reminded what a certain tenant is all about you can easily get to that post to refresh your memory. I hope this can be used as a guide for the whole series and your continued practice in living out the yogic philosophy. 

Svadhyaya | How We Can Heal Through the Power of Witnessing

Svadhyaya | How We Can Heal Through the Power of Witnessing

Happy Spring, my lovelies! It is finally starting to feel like spring here in Iceland, and we celebrated the first day of summer this past week, which is a national holiday carried over from the Viking calendar when they only had two seasons, winter and summer. I hope wherever you are, you're feeling the warmth of the longer, more sunny days.

Today, we're going to dive into the ninth tenant of the yama and niyama series - Svadhyaya. Svadhyaya, while a very interesting and fun word to say, means self-study in Sanskrit. Svadhyaya is all about getting to know our divine self and understand all the "boxes," or layers, we've created around ourselves through our belief systems, sense of wrong and right, and the stories we tell ourselves about the world. Through the process of learning about ourselves and understanding our layers, we create a pathway to freedom.

Saucha | How Purity Allows Us to Fully Experience Life

Saucha | How Purity Allows Us to Fully Experience Life

Hello beautiful friends, and welcome back for the first niyama. This week we transition from covering the yamas, all the "restraints" to the niyamas, or the "observances." And, what a better way than to talk about Saucha, which means purity in Sanskrit. 

Saucha can be broken down into two different areas of bringing purity into our lives. The first is what most might think of - to pure our bodies, thoughts, and words. Like many things, we must first start with cleansing ourselves in order to bring purity into our lives overall.

Aparigraha | What We Try to Possess, Will Possess Us

Aparigraha | What We Try to Possess, Will Possess Us

This week marks the fifth and final yama! Hard to believe we're already through the yamas and will be moving onto the niyamas next week.For the final yama, we'll be covering Aparigraha, or the tenant of non-possessiveness. Aparigraha asks us to not cling to things of this world. The belief is that all things come and go and holding onto things will only lead to suffering. We are allowed to enjoy the pleasures of life and what we have in this moment but must do this without becoming attached. Only then can we be free to truly enjoy this life.