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In an effort to deepen my own practice, and to expand awareness in others, I've been offering a review of the 10 Living Principles of Yoga, as laid out by Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, in my yoga classes. I explained to the yogi's, many of us have our first 'exposure' to a yoga practice through "Asana", sanskrit for posture practice. Without knowing it, we jump right into the THIRD LIMB, of an EIGHT LIMB path that is Yoga.
For some of us, our asana practice is enough, and for many of us, it is enough for awhile. But as our practice deepens, sometimes we feel as though something is missing, and we try to find it by doing MORE: more classes, more poses, more hours, more teachers. This feeling of being unsettled in our practice, may be our inner guides gentle way of nudging us to look beyond the postures to deepen our practice. The first two limbs of yoga, the Yamas (5 restraints) and Niyamas (5 observances) provide the foundation.
In this video, I review the meaning of the FIRST NIYAMA: SAUCA (cleanliness; purity). The first Limb of yoga, the 5 Yamas, taught us the practices that shift us to a Higher state of Being. The second Limb of yoga, the 5 Niyamas, are the sustaining practices, they MAINTAIN this shift. This practice begins by asking ourselves, "where in my external environment can I clear space?" Maybe it starts with making your bed in the morning, or cleaning a room in your house that's been piling up! As with each of these practices, we slowly shift our awareness inward, focusing on where the opportunities are to cleans and purify our bodies, our emotions, our thoughts. No step is too small; where can you begin the practice of Sauca today? What space and freedom can you create by letting go?
I hope this video serves to deepen your awareness of your own practice both on and off the mat; please share any thoughts, experiences, or questions in the COMMENTS below!
The light within me looks to, and honors, the light within you; Namaste***