A while ago, we went over the Yamas – the things we should stop doing. There might be times in your life that you wonder what’s the right thing to do. Try to remember the Yamas and apply them to your life. It could be the guidance you need to living a more peaceful life.
Ahimsa – Non-violence
Today we’ll talk about the Niyamas. These are the things we should do, and try to incorporate in our lives more. There’s no need to aim for perfection from the very beginning. It’s best to adapt these principles at a pace each of us is comfortable with. It’s not like we only have one chance to change our habits.
The first in the Niyamas is Saucha, which means to cleanse, and purify. It’s of course important to clean, and keeping the air in your home clean as well. If you do yoga in a dirty room, you’ll probably be more concerned about the dust or other things in your room, making it hard to concentrate on your practice. We’ll be more motivated to practice in clean gear than dirty ones.
Cleanliness from the outside is important, and also inside of your mind. It’s best to practice with a calm clear mind. If your distracted by your own thoughts during your practice, you’ll be consumed by that thought. Try to put that thought on the side, and concentrate on your breathe. It will help create a calm clear mind during meditation.
Making sure you do everything in the Yamas is hard in itself. It’s not like you can master one than go onto the next. The Niyamas are the same way. Whenever you want some guidance, or feel like you stepped off the path, pause for a moment and remember the Yamas and the Niyamas. They’ll help you step forward in the right direction.