Yamas and Niyamas
Our sense of Happiness can be enhanced from acknowledging moments of gratitude in our lives. The Yamas and Niyamas, two limbs on the 8 Limb Path of Yoga, can help us do this...
This Month, we will explore:
Santosha(Contentment) and Aparigraha(Non-possessiveness) through our asana and meditation practice. Pairing this Yama and Niyama, we can cultivate a greater sense of wellness by experiencing gratitude for the gifts in our lives.
Receiving or Releasing?
One way to experience contentment is to acknowledge abundance. On how many levels can we access this? Life is abundantly supported by the uiverse 24/7. Think about your breath. We are always supported by the oxygen in our atmosphere. Receive this as a gift.
An open hand can sifnify both receiving and giving. To open our hand and receive the gifts around us we also have to have that hand open to release whatever we are holding onto. Many things in life affect us negatively. The trick is recognizing what no longer serves you and letting it go. Aparigraha is letting go, releasing that which harms you and Santosha is allowing yourself to receive and experience abundance. They go hand in hand. To be content, you have to be okay with doing without.
What gifts can you name right now? Maybe it's something as simple as crunching the fallen leaves as you walk down the street, or feeling the cool Autumn air, or seeing the blue sky peek out from behind the clouds at this time of year.
A TED Talk video I love to watch this time of year entitled, "Want to be Happy? Be Grateful" has a interesting perspective on the concept of gratefulness. Check it out: