This week we arrive at the niyamas, the inner facets of the eight-fold path of yoga. The niyamas allow us to continue our journey inward so that we can uncover our True Nature.
We begin with saucha which Nischala Joy Devi translates as simplicity and continual refinement so that you can see your True Nature. This simplicity and refinement happens through your body, mind, emotions, energy and spirit. In a culture of information overload and endless social media streams we long for simplicity. The truth is that purity lies within us.
This niyama, sauca is often taught with an external focus. Clean up your diet, clean up your living environment and these are definitely powerful ways to clear the path inwards. It is a gift to be simple. By cultivating simplicity of mind, body, emotions, and energy through yoga and meditation we are refreshed and nurtured in a complicated world.
In terms of focused living, instead of doing things the way you have always done them, following the status quo, consider starting at zero. This can be the equivalent of reintroducing foods after a fast or a cleanse. If it wasn’t already in your life, would you want to reintroduce it to your shiny, clean body? Starting at zero, begin from scratch with your work and career, family, spiritual life, financial life, intellectual life, your health, and your personal and social life.
Every single use of your energy, time, commitment and resources has to justify itself after your cleanse. If it is toxic or no longer fits for whatever reason, it is time to eliminate it from your life.
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Legs up the Wall or Viparita Karini with Alternate Nostril Breathing or Nadi Shodhana, Side Reclining Leg Lift or Anantasana, Pigeon or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Gyan mudra for peace, calm and spiritual progress, Tree Pose or Vrksasana, Reclined Bound Angle Pose or Supta Baddha Konasana, Reclined Knee Down Twist or Supta Matsyendrasana, Janu Sirsasana or Head beyond knee pose, Savasana or Corpse Pose
Yoga Props: Bolster, 2 yoga blocks, Folded Blanket or chair, wall, if you have sciatica you will need a chair instead of a wall
The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
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Question for the comments: What are you refining to create simplicity in your life?
Over the next two weeks in our membership community we are focusing on how we value, commit and care for our time through our celebration of Navratri. If you want more support in refining your commitments to create simplicity in your life, this two week challenge with special videos, unique tasks such as creating an altar, a mandala, yoga classes and meditations will help you do that.
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