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Ishvara Pranidhana | Finding the Wisdom to Accept Our Path in Life

Ishvara Pranidhana | Finding the Wisdom to Accept Our Path in Life

Welcome to the tenth and final post of the yama and niyama series. We're finishing things out with such a great tenant, Ishvara Pranidhana, meaning surrender. It feels like all the previous nine tenants have led us up to this final one of surrendering to what life brings our way. Let's get in to what the tenant of Ishvara Pranidhana asks us to bring into our lives.

The text we've been following, The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele, provides such a fantastic explanation of Ishvara Pranidhana. It states that the tenant of surrender proposes that there is a divine force at work in our lives. This can take on different forms for everyone, whether you attribute this higher being to a god, nature, or just some force, the belief is that this force is greater than we are and cares deeply for us. Surrender invites us to be active participants of our lives, being present and fluid with each moment, while also appreciating the magnitude and mystery of life. Ultimately, this tenant invites us to open our hearts and accept the higher purpose of our being.

One Year Later - Lessons from a Yoga Instructor

One Year Later - Lessons from a Yoga Instructor

Hello Beautiful Souls,

It's hard to believe, but today marks one year since I graduated from 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training! This past year has been quite the whirlwind with so many changes, new insights, and tons of growth. For those new to my journey, I decided to do a 200-hour YTT during the spring of 2016 and began looking for the program I thought would be a good fit. I was super fortunate to have my best friend decide to join me for the training, and she not only helped give me the confidence to make good on my decision but was by my side throughout the crazy, challenging, and life-changing experience. Having gotten so many recommendations and loving their classes, we decided to go with the program offered by South Boston Yoga and started the training that fall. David and Todd were amazing in giving us a well-rounded training, pushing us to explore and grow while remaining supportive and understanding. We also had a cohort of trainees who are amazing, diverse, and inspirational individuals. Overall, it was an experience that's hard to put down into words, and I'm so happy I decided to take the leap into this new life.

In celebration of the first anniversary post-training, I thought it was be good to spend a little bit of time to reflect on this past year and share with you all.