Svadhyaya - Learning about Self
Yesterday I posted a picture of the 8 Limbs of Yoga. The Niamas are the more personal and internal guidelines of living.
Svadhyaya is the Niamas that speaks about self study. It is looking inside and learning about ourselves. It is being honest about who we truly are. It is through our yoga practice, our times of quiet, prayer, meditation and just being open to listening and watching ourselves that we make discovers about ourselves. With these discoveries we grow and change becoming a better person.
Some days our discoveries are very personal.
Others days its just about discovering how to better serve ourselves so we function better.
Last Wednesday I discovered a way to make myself work through my Wednesday evenings with more energy. I get home from work on Wednesdays around 6PMish. I give some attention to Neely (my cat) before putting away my work stuff and starting my usual Wednesday night house cleaning. Well...usually I find myself on the recliner, watching TV...feeling slow, and tired. Eventually, I get up and slowly and with great remorse, begin my cleaning. Meanwhile I munch on snacks, as I wait to eat with my husband at 9:30PM (ouch!). Last week, I did sit in the recliner, but this time with a good snack and my swim lesson and yoga lesson outlines (and the cat). I ate and worked on my lessons. When I had finished, I was relaxed, rested and nourished. I vacuumed with more energy and it went a lot faster (and less munching). I even had time to do a little yoga as dinner cooked! Today, I will try the same process as I feel this eating/relaxing/writing time really encouraged a more positive, energetic and productive me.
Please share any of your self-learning experiences
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I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.