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Learning to Take Back Ownership of My Body

Learning to Take Back Ownership of My Body

Today, I’m going to be writing mainly to the ladies that are reading this; however, I know that this topic can absolutely apply to men just as equally. So, while the writing will be addressing women from the point of view as a woman myself, I think this could be helpful to anyone who reads it, whether it rings true to your own experience or it just gives you insight into what others have experienced, this is an important message.

After enduring an abusive relationship for over two years along with experiencing a lifetime of men treating me as though all I had to offer was my body, I had come to a point where I believed all the messages about my body and worth were true. It seemed, to me, that society believes that as a woman I owe my body to others. That when men want a piece of me, I must give it without question.

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.

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.

Satya | Having the Bravery to be Truthful

Satya | Having the Bravery to be Truthful

Hello Beautiful Friends,

Welcome back for the second week of the ten post series all about the yamas and niyamas of the eight limbs of yoga. The second tenant of the yamas is all about truthfulness, also known as Satya. As is true for Ahimsa, Satya calls for us to be truthful to both others and ourselves, a theme you might find common throughout all the tenants. 

Before we dive in, an important concept to keep in mind is that truthfulness does not mean that we should be brutally honest in all situations to all people all the time. Rather, think of truthfulness as being married with non-violence. Ahimsa and Satya are in this beautiful relationship, supporting and grounding each other. Your truth should not be used as a weapon with which to wield around as you please.