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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. 

Tapas | Staying With Suffering Makes Us More Resilient

Tapas | Staying With Suffering Makes Us More Resilient

Happy Monday, and welcome back to the eighth week of the yamas and niyamas series. This week, we're featuring Tapas, and no, it's not the amazingly delicious hors d’oeuvres you get at a Spanish restaurant. No, Tapas in its literal translation from Sanskrit means heat; however, it can also be thought of as self-discipline, change, or transformation. 

In order to create change and transformation within ourselves and our lives, we need to build heat through self-discipline in order to burn away our old selves and create space for an improved, better version.

Asteya | How Lust Destroys Our Uniqueness

Asteya | How Lust Destroys Our Uniqueness

Welcome back for week three of the ten part yamas and niyamas series. This week we'll be moving into Asteya, the tenant of non-stealing.

Asteya, the third tenant, focuses on integrity and the refraining from stealing of others and ourselves. Stealing can be seen in multiple facets of life. We can steal from others, from the earth, from the future, and of course, ourselves. All this stealing steams from an attempt to help ourselves feel better but actually takes away from our happiness and keeps us distracted from the present moment.

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.