In this final blog in a series commenting on the Yamas and Niyamas, we look at how “surrender of the ego to love” can help us in a competitive world.
Possibly the most misunderstood aspect of yoga is its benefits. People generally think of yoga as an exercise system that aims to improve our flexibility. Yes, yoga will help with flexibility, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more under the surface that flexibility …
We can achieve things we might have thought impossible, if we have the passion and commitment. This is Tapas. Doing so, though, requires “right effort” so as not to burn out or injure ourselves along the way. Tapas is the 8th of the Yamas and Niyamas.
Where does happiness come from? The answer can be found in Santosha. Patanjali provides the following description of Santosha: ‘By contentment, supreme joy is obtained’ (Yoga Sutra 2.42). This might seem like a large leap – from contentment to supreme joy, but there is much depth to this concept.
How often have we heard people talk of the “good old days”, when life was “simpler”, with the romantic suggestion that people were happier then? We had less in the “good old days” – houses had one bathroom, cars didn’t have air bags or GPS, phones weren’t mobile, an …