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Part 2: The Five Niyamas

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Niyama = observance or discipline. Niyamas speak to our relationship with our inner world. They create an infrastructure, like a set of guardrails that steer us toward positive change. SAUCHA %&' Purity. Cleanliness and clarity of body, mind, and emotions. Avoiding contamination. Being mindful of what we ingest or take in (food, medicinals, entertainment, ideas), the environments we inhabit, and what emotions and intentions we hold. Relating to and loving our bodies from a place of innocence, protecting our minds from limiting beliefs and thoughts, and enjoying a rich emotional life. What is your personal denition of purity?

What ways do you punish yourself?

Examine your relationship with your body through the lens of saucha: What are the most predominate attitudes you hold about your body?

What ways do you nourish your body?

What ways do you deprive your body?

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Examine your relationship with your mind through the lens of saucha. What are the most predominate attitudes you hold about your mind?

What ways do you nourish your mind?

What ways do you deprive your mind?

Examine your relationship with your emotions through the lens of saucha. What are the most predominate attitudes you hold about your mind?

What ways do you nourish your emotions?

What ways to you deprive your emotions?

In what ways are you already integrating the practice of saucha in your life?

How might your life benet from a more conscious practice of saucha?

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SANTOSHA ()*+, Contentment. Not requiring more than you have to achieve satisfaction. Choosing happiness. What is your personal denition of contentment?

In what areas of your life do you express discontentment?

List as many life blessings as you can in 1 minute:

In what ways are you already integrating the practice of santosha in your life?

How might your life benet from a more conscious practice of santosha?

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TAPAS *-(. Spiritual or self-discipline. Igniting our lives by cultivating the heat of personal practice that burns away impurities. Purposefully blazing a new trail. What is your personal denition of discipline?

What disciplines are already a part of your everyday life?

What disciplines are you being called to as ways to cultivate tapas?

How might your life benet from a more conscious practice of tapas?

Are you ready to commit to a 21, 28 or 40 day tapas? If so, describe it here, set a start date, and list one or two people that you will choose to ask for moral support during your cultivation of tapas.

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SVADHYAYA /012#1# Self-study. Introspection. Contemplation. Purposeful effort to learn more about the Universe and the soul. Literally, ones own lesson. To know ourselves fully. What is your personal denition of introspection?

How does contemplation make you feel?

How well do you know yourself? Who are you? What is your purpose?

What areas of your life have you avoided exploring, and why?

What areas of your life are you being called to explore?

In what ways are you already integrating the practice of svadhyaya in your life?

How might your life benet from a more conscious practice of svadhyaya?

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ISHVARA PRANIDHANA 34567891" Surrender to the divinity within. Letting go and letting Be. What is your personal denition of surrender?

What does surrender feel like?

When was the last time you felt surrender?

In what areas of your life are you being asked to surrender?

In what areas of your life are you already integrating the practice of ishvara pranidhana?

How might your life benet from a more conscious practice of ishvara pranidhana?

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