Niyamas: how to incorporate them into your day to day?

Discover what niyamas are and how to incorporate them into your day to day.


In the philosophy of Yoga there are some internal principles that allow us to live in the world lighter and happier: these are also known as niyamas .

Some time ago, we told you about the yamas , and how you could apply them in the ordinary world. Today we would like to discuss the niyamas, some internal values ​​to purify the body and cultivate an inner world full of contentment and gratitude.

Because if we need anything, it's more time and space to develop gratitude and acceptance, to appreciate life as it is and not as we want it to be.

What are niyamas?

The niyamas are a series of principles that are given in yoga schools to teach students to live in inner calm and in alignment with the highest purpose of existence: to be acceptance and embody union .

There are five positive practices that every yogi should develop and work on their way to enlightenment ( samadhi ): saucha, santocha, tapas, svadhyaya, and ishvara prahidhana . They can also be considered as interior values ​​to move through the world of the ordinary with an openness towards miracles . Through the gaze of the niyamas, the yogi inhabits the mundane world with eyes full of curiosity, acceptance, and benevolence.

In each niyama a special aspect is worked on to awaken more consciousness and enlighten others with the power of our presence. Because when you practice each niyama diligently and patiently, your energy is renewed, your aura expands, and your heart opens .

What are the five niyamas?

What are the Niyamas?

There are 5 niyamas:

  • Saucha: purity, inner cleanliness, hygiene of the body, mind and emotions...
  • Santosha: contentment, acceptance of what is…
  • Tapas: austerity, discipline and simplicity...
  • Svadhyaya: self-knowledge, self-study, exploration of the inner world, reading of the sacred scriptures…
  • Ishavara Pranidhana: devotion or inspiration of the divine, surrender to the superior force that governs everything...

Each Niyama has different nuances depending on how you look at it. The important thing is to apply it to your day to day as you understand and perceive it . It is not a question that we are all the same: the grace of life is to be different and complementary.

Tips to practice niyamas on a daily basis.

When implementing niyamas into your routine, it's important to go little by little. Each niyama can be incorporated into any area: this is why it is best to start with one niyama per area (for example, saucha at home, santosha at work, tapas at food, svadhyaya in social relationships, ishvara pranidhana in your project). entrepreneurship…).

Even to be sure that the new habit becomes fluid, natural and beneficial, the ideal is to focus on one niyama per week . In this way, the brain learns new things gradually, and this does not add more stress or anxiety. The practice of the yamas and niyamas should not be a source of concern; quite the opposite.

It should help us to be increasingly aware of the following: life is ephemeral and it is our small duty to live and feel it .

Writing down everything we feel, everything we perceive and all the changes that are generated, as we practice the niyamas, in a journal is something very useful. This allows us to translate our entire inner world into something external, allowing us to see things with more perspective.

In addition, it allows us to completely empty ourselves of thoughts and memories .

In this way, every time we have to remember the lesson we have learned with one of the niyamas, we will only have to go to our diary.

Creating a satsgang around this theme with people who are sharing the same path and understand your philosophy of life is another perfect tool to be successful in this company. We are social beings. We need to communicate, express ourselves, share ourselves. Find people you can talk to and share your spiritual path with them .

And above all remember, that failure is only a concept. And that wisdom is harvested in the process . Nothing is right or wrong. The important thing is to walk. Advance. Fail. And start over.

Mae Knapnougel

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