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yamas & niyamas

FOUNDATIONS & DISCIPLINES FOR SUCCESS

The yamas and niyamas, the first and second limbs of Patañjali’s eight limbs of yoga, are the pragmatic principles that were created to guide people's actions given the karmic, or cause-and-effect, nature of the world which are just as relevant today.

YAMAS

Be impeccable with your words/thoughts or deeds - so not to create pain, not just outwardly to others but internally and to yourself. What you give out you get back, what you think, your words and actions display.

Be honest and truthful. Things will come easy and flow.

Release the desire of having something for nothing.  There's enough for us all, there's no need to steal so let go of any beliefs of lack and let go of competition. This will open you up to all things. 

Use wisely not just your physical energy but moral, intellectual and your spiritual energy practicing self restraint / balancing of actions, thoughts and feelings and channelling them first toward the quest of higher realisation.

No need to be greedy or hoardcreate space. Be careful about the gifts we accept which may bind us in obligation to owe something back. Be detached from cause and affect relationships.

NIYAMAS 

 

Purity of body, inside and out is essential for wellbeing. Treat your body well, eat foods that promote health,  view everything and every being a friend on your side. 

Be content in how things are, not looking at a condition for happiness and understanding that happiness is something we create in ourselves. By being content we can rest knowing everything works out for us and all is coming. We release the holding off / barriers to not being where we want / having what we want. 

 

- To blaze, burn, shine, suffer pain or consume by heat. Have a burning effort under all circumstances to  achieve a definite goal. It involves purification, self discipline and austerity. Developing a mental attitude whereby you remain tranquil and balanced in joy and sorrow and retain self control. Develop strength in body, mind and character gaining courage and wisdom, integrity, straightforwardness and simplicity.  

 Keep educating yourself, drawing out the best that is within. Keep on studying the self. Grow through self awareness and continue developing with persistence.

 

 Let go of the ego. Have faith  surrendering the mind, intellect and will to a higher power, release worry as there's nothing to possess. 

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