In Indian traditions, particularly Yoga, Niyamas and it’s complement, Yamas, are recommended activities and habits for healthy living.
Niyama is the second limb of the spiritual path as outlined by the ancient sage Patanjali in his yoga sutras. It lists five things you should do to make spiritual progress.
These of a few of them that we think are totally aligned to our lives today, and these traditions that have been around for so many years are still standing the test of time. There must be something in it!! Have a read……
Saucha: Cleanliness of the body, mind, and heart; setting new intentions. recognise negative thought patterns, declutter the crap that doesn’t serve us!
Santosha: Contentment. Focus on the good things we already have in your life. Not obsessing about the things you think you need. To attain this, one must realise that nothing in the world can make them happy. Everything one needs lies in one’s own Self. – Manifest (Link to upcoming workshop here)
Tapas ( not the small Spanish dishes! 🙂 When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Will power or fiery discipline – this does not mean depriving oneself of essential needs but things that get you motivated and heart pumping! Adopting a daily Yoga practice or going for a run! Get out there and Do it!
Swadhyaya: Self-study or introspection. Learning from your mistakes. This is sometimes translated as “study of the scriptures,” but the literal meaning is “Self-study,” or study of the Higher Self. To achieve this Niyama, one should always question one’s motives and reasoning, and stay open to the possibility that one could be wrong.