Niyamas (Internal-restraints) Ethical guidelines for the yogi pertaining to her daily activities. Observances of one’s own physical appearance, actions, words and thoughts.
Ethical guidelines for the yogi pertaining to her daily activities. Observances of one’s own physical appearance, actions, words and thoughts.
These also are 5 in number,
Cleanliness, orderliness, precision, clarity, balance. Internal and external purification. Cleanliness.
Equanimity, peace, tranquility, acceptance of the way things are. Contentment.
Burning desire for reunion with God expressed through self-discipline, purification, willpower, austerity, and patience. Self-mortification.
Svadhyaya (Study of the Self):
Self-inquiry, mindfulness, self-study, study of the scriptures, chanting and recitation of the scriptures. Searching for the Unknown (divinity) in the Known (physical world). Scriptural Study.
Ishvara Pranidhana (Devotional offering to the Lord):
Surrender to God, open-heartedness, love, “not my will, but Thy will be done,” willingness to serve the Lord. Surrender to God.
Relevance. Learning the lessons of the Yamas and Niyamas is a daily one. In particular, I have to consistently move my inner dialogue for being self-judgmental. I can get into the mental state where I draw conclusions about myself, and my self-worth from what I have achieved (at work, at home or on the mat). Ideally I should be able to honestly (Satya) acknowledge that I have not done by best (i.e. take responsibility), however stay present to consider and learn lessons why (but not then draw conclusions about myself for that situation).
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