Patanjali’s Niyama: help us build our character.

Where the Yamas tend to be moral disciplines, the Niyamas are more personal observances. Yamas might be considered restraints, Niyamas are postive personal duties or habits to construct.

Have you ever thought of living your life with purity? Patanjali’s first Niyama, ‘Saucha’ translates to “cleanliness” or
“purity.”

Physical cleanliness is a great start, cleaning your body, textiles and home regularly. We must also look
after our internal cleanliness, thoughts and fresh food, and keeping our environment clean.

Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Are you grateful for the ife & things that you currently have? Our second Niyama, ‘Santosha’ often translates as
“contentment” or “satisfaction.”

Dreaming and aiming high is fabulous, but whilst reaching your goals be kind to yourself and celebrate
your small wins, be grateful for what you are and have IN THIS MOMENT. Exhale and delight in how far
you’ve come. Smile.

How committed are you? The third Niyama is ‘Tapas’ which means “austerity,” or “discipline or releasing through fire.”

Attending Yoga class is a great example, how committed are you to your well-being? Are you easily
distracted from your goals or your practise?

Do you know yourself very well? The fourth Niyama might help you, it is ‘Svadhyaya’ which translates to “self-study” or “self-reflection.” You might be working through Sarah’s book/course The Real Me as part of your Svadhyaya. Grab your copy using the link in the comments.

Nobody knows you better than yourself, but how much is actually You and how much is teaching, coaching and others’ expectations? Dive deep and self-reflect today and again tomorrow. Challenge your capacity and explore limits. You are already complete, life is a journey to re-discover this wholeness.

Are you will to surrender yourself to a higher power, your higher Self, or Universal consciousness? Our final Niyama, is
‘Ishvara Pranidhana’ meaning Surrender to the Divine.

Acknowledging a loving force greater than oneself governing the Universe and trusting in it’s wisdom and guidance is a real Challenge. Especially for those of us who like to Control!

This practice is not limited to any specific religious belief but is rather a universal principle that can be
applied by anyone, regardless of their faith or spiritual background. In which areas of your life can you
explore surrender?

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