As shared in my previous post, the Niyamas represent our inner spiritual practices, made up of five Niyamas: Saucha, Santosha, Tapas, Svadhyaya, & Ishvara Pranidhana.
♥️ Santosha ♥️
(Contentment | Joy)
Santosha is nurtured consciously through a consistent practice of gratitude for yourself, your relations, and your practice.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough.
Let’s practice Santosha together:
You might bring your hand onto your heart
Bring to mind someone, something, or some place that you are FULL of gratitude for.
Notice what you notice.
Feel what you feel.
✨What does contentment mean to you?
✨What does contentment feel like?
✨How might you embody contentment... try moving your body in the way it best expresses contentment!
✨What does joy mean to you?
✨What does joy feel like?
✨How might you embody joy... perhaps you might try moving your body in the way it best expresses joy!
Our trainings at the Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology School support a practice of santosha through time dedicated to heart-based practices & integration!
I give thanks to my wise teacher @susannabarkataki who wrote an incredible book: Embrace Yoga's Roots!! Very excited to share that it is amazing & will be one of the required readings in our YTT’s, moving forward!
Would love to hear your reflections, if you are called to share!
♥️ Dr. Melissa Jay
Dr. Melissa Jay