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Svadhyaya | How We Can Heal Through the Power of Witnessing

Svadhyaya | How We Can Heal Through the Power of Witnessing

Happy Spring, my lovelies! It is finally starting to feel like spring here in Iceland, and we celebrated the first day of summer this past week, which is a national holiday carried over from the Viking calendar when they only had two seasons, winter and summer. I hope wherever you are, you're feeling the warmth of the longer, more sunny days.

Today, we're going to dive into the ninth tenant of the yama and niyama series - Svadhyaya. Svadhyaya, while a very interesting and fun word to say, means self-study in Sanskrit. Svadhyaya is all about getting to know our divine self and understand all the "boxes," or layers, we've created around ourselves through our belief systems, sense of wrong and right, and the stories we tell ourselves about the world. Through the process of learning about ourselves and understanding our layers, we create a pathway to freedom.

Santosha | How Contentment Can Radically Change Our Lives

Santosha | How Contentment Can Radically Change Our Lives

Welcome back to the yamas and niyamas series after a little break. We're moving right along, and this week Santosha is up. Santosha means contentment in Sanskrit and asks us to take refuge within a calm center. 

In order to practice contentment, we have to move towards opening our heart to gratitude for what we have in this current moment. We are asked to be thankful and practice not seeking.

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.