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Ishvara Pranidhana | Finding the Wisdom to Accept Our Path in Life

Ishvara Pranidhana | Finding the Wisdom to Accept Our Path in Life

Welcome to the tenth and final post of the yama and niyama series. We're finishing things out with such a great tenant, Ishvara Pranidhana, meaning surrender. It feels like all the previous nine tenants have led us up to this final one of surrendering to what life brings our way. Let's get in to what the tenant of Ishvara Pranidhana asks us to bring into our lives.

The text we've been following, The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele, provides such a fantastic explanation of Ishvara Pranidhana. It states that the tenant of surrender proposes that there is a divine force at work in our lives. This can take on different forms for everyone, whether you attribute this higher being to a god, nature, or just some force, the belief is that this force is greater than we are and cares deeply for us. Surrender invites us to be active participants of our lives, being present and fluid with each moment, while also appreciating the magnitude and mystery of life. Ultimately, this tenant invites us to open our hearts and accept the higher purpose of our being.

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.

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.

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.