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.

The Universe Wants to Guide Us; We Just Have to Listen

The Universe Wants to Guide Us; We Just Have to Listen

Over the past couple weeks I've been going through one of those phases where I just don't feel inspired to post on social media or write. These happen every once in awhile, and I know I'm not the only one who experiences these phases as I see other people post on social media about their feelings of burnout pretty regularly. 

Normally, when I feel burnout like this my reaction is to fight back with it. "Keep on schedule." "Keep posting every day. You can find something interesting to share." "You have to keep this up if you want followers." It's a never ending battle, one that's pretty exhausting and feels really disconnected. 

But, something changed during this most recent episode of stepping back. Instead of fighting with the lack of desire to share, I started asking myself why I wanted to share in the first place. What was my initial goal anyways, and did that goal need to be met with a constant flood of content?

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. 

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.