Wednesday, February 3, 2016

January to February, and the Yamas and Niyamas

Photo by Jobi Otso.

Anyone else excited to be through January and into a new month? :)

I don't know about you guys, but so far this year is bringing many changes into my life, both personally and professionally. 

I feel a strong need to stay open and maintain a loving and compassionate attitude, even when things feel chaotic. Home life and work life balances are shifting and evolving. 

A yoga studio where I've been teaching announced that it will close at the end of the month. I cried on my mat and felt a sense of dread at having to share the news with my students. The experience has been a bittersweet lesson in aparigraha (non-attachment) and santosha (contentment with what is). Two important yogic principles that are not easy to practice!

Photo by Jobi Otso.

Despite the ups and downs, what I do know is that my yoga practice, with its back bending and heart opening, will continue to serve me and help me stay open and expressive even during this time of transition.

Much love to you, dear readers!

PS Another heartfelt post on contentment, and more about the ethical practices of yoga, called the yamas and niyamas.

Photo by Lucid Reflections.

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