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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. 

A Journey Through the Yamas and Niyamas

A Journey Through the Yamas and Niyamas

Announcing a series exploring the yamas and niyamas, the tenets that make up the yogic path. Each week I'll be sharing an explanation of one tenet, my reflections on how I'm incorporating this into my life, and journal prompts to get you started down the path to living an ethical yoga life.

Hello Lovelies,

So, did you know that yoga is more than just those pretty poses you see plastered all over Instagram? Did you know there's more than the physical asana practice, and some people actually form their spirituality and daily life around the teachings of yoga? These are the aspects we rarely talk about but are just as important. Let me give you a bit of a back story and explain what I mean.

With the completion of yoga teacher training in 2016, I've become interested in learning more about religion and spirituality. Opening myself back up to religion has felt strange in some respects, but also healing in other ways. You could probably say that the healing I've experienced through developing a yoga practice has facilitated this renewal of interest in spirituality. This has led me to start reading about Hinduism, with its myriad deities, and the yamas and niyamas that are associated with yoga. 

Finding Your Authenticity

Finding Your Authenticity

Hello Beautiful Friends,

Today, I want to talk to you all about the name of my blog and why it's called The Authentic Yogini. When I was coming up with a name for it, I thought through several options and kept landing on this word - authentic. Through my writing, teaching yoga, and sharing parts of my life, my hope is that I'm able to be an example of what being your true, authentic self looks like. Even though this is the goal, being authentic has been a grand journey and is an ongoing process. I wasn't able to show myself in this way over night, and the truth is, I'm still learning who my true self even is. I touched on this in my last post about setting intentions for 2018, and working on finding my true self in order to help with being authentic made the list. So, to keep with this promise I made to myself, I wanted to share my thoughts on what this means for me right now and how I'm working to grow and learn about myself. If this is also a goal of yours, maybe it made your New Year's resolutions list, hopefully it'll be helpful in you finding your true self, as well.

Journey of a Yoga Instructor

Journey of a Yoga Instructor

Hello again.

First off, thank you so much to all those who reached out and shared words of love and encouragement in response to my first post. Your support means so much and really reinforces my willingness to be open about my story and share my journey. I love you all and am truly grateful for the compassion and love you shared with me.

For the second post, I thought I would share a bit about my training in becoming a yoga instructor. I had been thinking about doing a 200-hour level training for several months and contemplating the right time. With graduation from graduate school approaching, I figured the months following would be a good time to take on something big like a training.