It has been such a gift to be able to teach all these years. It keeps me close to practices I hold dear to my heart. Yoga philosophy is an important element for any serious student of yoga. These past 2 weeks I have been diligently working on one of the Niyamas- Santosha. This is a simple practice of acceptance. Of contentment. Of meeting ourselves and others as are, without undue judgement. It is a practice. I don't always hit it. But making this a practice is becoing more habitual. I have a lot to learn, we all do.
Santosha is rocking my world right now, as I keep reminding myself often to stop, notice when I am being self critical or critical of another, or of a situation, to check in and practice contentment (Santosha). This lets me and others off the hook and allows situations in my life or in my head to soften instead of escalating. It is such a beautiful practice, and this is so good to remember. It's a practice. We don't need to always get it right. But if we make a sincere effort to practice this beautiful Niyama (set out by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras as a precept for living well and with less suffering), it can truly change your life.
We don't always have to like what is going on. But if we can practice acceptance (because often times we are just trying with futility to control a person or a situation or make ourselves feel better somehow by judging another or just accidentally judging ourselves out of habit when we are not paying attention), we can feel way more calm and chilled out. It's a nice practice.
Put this all through your system and set out to practice Santosha this week. You won't regret it.