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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.

Loving our Dark Side

Loving our Dark Side

Hello Warriors,

Today I want to talk about our dark sides. You know what I'm talking about, that side of you that you try to hide, pretend it's not there, don't dare show to other people. Ring any bells? This can run the gamut from hiding a bad habit or a specific part of our personality to repressing a traumatic past or an addiction we're struggling with, maybe ways we've hurt others. Either way, the issue here is that we refuse to put our guard down, allowing others to see us for who we truly are and sometimes, we actually hide these parts of ourselves so well that we don't even see them ourselves. 

So, why is this a bad thing? We all hide things from people and show them only the parts that we choose, right? While I think many people do this to some extent, the shame in hiding part of yourself is the message behind it. What you're telling yourself while hiding is that your entire being isn't worthy enough to be accepted or loved by others. The bigger meaning underlying hiding our dark side is the problem here. It ends up leading to shame and a cycle of lying to others and ourselves.

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.

A Year of Exploration and Healing

A Year of Exploration and Healing

Hello lovelies,

Welcome to a new year, 2018! It's hard to believe another year has passed, and for me, it's hard to believe all that's happened over the course of just 365 days. It's been one whirlwind of a year that's taken me from living and working in Boston, to moving to Iceland where I returned to school, and all the way over to Ireland. There are so many things I have to be grateful for looking back, all the opportunities and growth I've been afforded, and at times I still can't believe where I've ended up.