2 Niyama – Personal Observances, “Re-decorate Your Home”
Yama sets the stage for Niyama, for doing right. Cleansing sets the stage for right activities and energies to take root. Niyama is concerned with discipline and spiritual observances – how we treat ourselves, or begin to cultivate the inner being. These are sometimes called observances, the do’s, or the thou -shalts. There are five niyamas:
All of the 8 elements !
• Clean and fresh … self, clothing, and surroundings.
• Less pizza, coffee, sugar. More greens.
• Appreciate what you have.
• Appreciate who you are.
• Appreciate the small things every day.
• Seek happiness in the moment, take responsibility for where you are, and choose to grow from there.
• Live graciously.
Austerity: Tapas heat
Show Disciplined use of energy, in body, speech, and mind.
Attention to body posture, attention to eating habits, attention to breathing patterns – these are all tapas.
Study of the sacred text and one’s self: Svadhyaya
Read Sacred texts that are relevant to you and inspire and teach you.
As Iyengar says, a person starts “to realize that all creation is meant for bhakti (adoration) rather than for bhoga (enjoyment), that all creation is divine, that there is divinity within himself and that the energy which moves him is the same that moves the entire universe.”
Live with and awareness of the Divine: Isvara pranidhana
Surrender to God, to an omnipresent force that guides and directs the course of our lives
• Regularly attend temple or church
• Say grace before meals
• Maintain a personal meditation or reflection practice
• Enjoy the habit of taking contemplative walks alone