Niyama – The five devotional observances

The second limb of yoga is Niyama. These five qualities and disciplines are given as guideposts on the spiritual path.

Sauca is purity

Sauca means purity and cleanliness of mind, body and actions.

Santosa is contentment

Santosa is to be content with what you have in life.

Tapas is self-discipline

Tapas means, “to burn”, “to eliminate” or “to be consumed by heat”. Tapas is to practice with discipline and drive.

Svadhyaya is self study

Svadhyaya is the practice of self-inquiry. This could include sacred readings.

Isvara Pranidhana is devotion

Isvara Pranidhana means; to lay all your actions at the feet of God.

 

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