It’s been a couple of weeks, but we’re getting back into our yoga philosophy posts! Today, we’re having a look at the first of the Niyamas: Saucha.
Reminder: Niyamas are thought of as inner observances that help us to build discipline and character.
In his book ‘Light On Yoga’, B.K.S. Iyengar says that ‘purity of body is essential for well-being’. Well, isn’t that kind of obvious? We all know that when we eat nourishing food, move our bodies and watch what we’re putting into our mind (and making aligned choices) we feel better. Well, maybe we don’t know that, but as a concept, I think that’s well known.
Saucha relates to cleanliness & purity, and it’s not just encouraging us to have showers or eat well so that we feel well, it’s also encouraging us to offer ourselves practices (like yoga, breathwork & meditation) that help us to cleanse ourselves internally when we’ve overindulged or taken...
If you could only do one thing, just the one to change your life, this would be it. Muscle testing.
Muscle Testing is a physical tool used to tap into your body's biofeedback system (a series of loops in your nervous system). It’s a technique that allows us to bypass the conscious mind; the stories we tell ourselves and go straight to the deeper layers of the body and the subconscious.
It is an invaluable tool to help with decision-making, with taking the guesswork out of ‘which way to go now’ and to receive validation from your intuition.
Renee and Murray use muscle testing for EVERYTHING. Especially when it comes to business decision-making. It is such a valuable tool they include it in all three of their courses, Cracking The Manifesting Code, Awaken Your Intuition and Lean In.
The video shows a snippet from our muscle testing module in 'Awaken Your Intuition'.
If you find yourself getting stuck in your head and all of...
We’ve been through the Yamas, now it’s time we turn our attention to the Niyamas. These are the 2nd limb described in Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga.
The Niyamas can be thought of as inner observances which can be used to help us to build discipline and character. In his book ‘Light on Yoga’, Iyengar calls these rules of conduct that apply to an individual, as opposed to the Yamas which are ethical disciplines and rules for the morality of a society as a whole. You can, of course, take the word ‘rules’ with a grain of salt.
The 5 Niyamas are:
Isvara Pranidhana (surrender to a higher power)
If you want to learn more about these Niyamas, we have more info on its way in future posts. Stay tuned!
When we first step into our self ‘work’, it can be easy to fall into the trap of it’s all rainbows, om shanti’s, crystals and waving smoke round our bodies.
A little bubble burst here, it’s actual work. It gets ugly and uncomfortable the deeper you go as you face the layers of sh*t that you have been avoiding, pushing down or blaming on someone else.
It’s these moments that differentiate between the people who say they are doing the ‘work’ and those you are actually rolling up their sleeves and then crumbling into a heap, only to break through the other side and experience life without the restraints you have created.
If you are ready to quit, to throw it all in, you might just be on the brink of your break through.
-Reach out to a friend
-Take a breather before you do anything rash
-Connect with a therapist who you resonate with (and who will call you on your bs)
-Show up to the yoga class and be...