The first part of the Pandemic was a blur of sweatpants and Netflix. And then out of nowhere I woke the f up. I started setting these crazy ass goals. I wanted to level up in all the things . Nutrition, Education, Parenting, Finances ... like ALL the things.
So naturally, I started working to finish my teacher training (Remember? Big, hairy, audacious goals lol). This meant I got to relearn everything I've ever learned all over again. And to be honest, I'm still learning.
But the beginning for me is always the first limb of the 8-limb path - relearning the Yamas and then the Niyamas (the second limb). Together, they form the 10 ethical guidelines to live a more peaceful, meaningful existence. Kind of like the 10 commandments of yoga.
In Deborah Adele's book, The Yamas and Niyamas she writes: "If we have begun to live the first five jewels well, we may notice that our time is freeing up and there is more breathing space in our lives. The days begin to feel a little lighter and easier. Work is more enjoyable and our relationship with others are a little smoother. We like ourselves a little more; there is a lighter gait to our step; we realize that we need less than we previously thought; we are having more fun."
I'm down for that. How bout you?
1. Ahimsa (non-violence)
2. Satya (truthfulness)
3. Asteya (non-stealing)
4. Brahmacharya (moderation)
5. Aparigraha (non-hoarding)
Every week on Instagram I'm going to focus on one, until we make our way through both the Yamas AND the Niyamas. Play along. I'd love to see how you've decided to take your practice beyond the mat. Next Monday we start with Ahimsa.
>>Press play to catch this week's post all about the Yamas.
Until next time,
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