Updated: Jan 26
Hello Yogi Tribe,
Welcome to blog number 2. If you didn't read the last blog, I started to chat about the 8 limbs of yoga, and how we can connect with these in our everyday life, yogi or not, I want to reach out to everyone, not just people who do yoga, but your average Joe (sorry Joseph) to spread the word that yoga is not just about poses, and you don't have to practice yoga to use some of the elements in your own life, you can have a simple understanding and reap the benefits by including small elements in your life.
Last month, it just so happened I started with the Yamas, which branches out into its own 5 limbs, check back to my previous blog, or just take a look at the handy image above, you don't need to know all of these, feel free to just read on to find out about second Yama which I will talk about.
The second Yama is Satya, being true to yourself, and this is what I want to talk in this blog, ask yourself...are you true to yourself on a day to day basis? Do you act in a way which aligns with your own beliefs and values? If you really think deep, this can be hard to do as most of us have a job, and whether we like it or not, because of this we (and we want to get paid) we have to do things which may not align with what we truly believe. This is not just not wanting to work a late night, it is more are you doing things that when you go home in the evening are playing on your mind.
It might not be work related that is making you go against being true to yourself, I have spent a lot of time trying in 'grow out' of being a people pleaser, I have lost count of the times I have done something like go to a party, had drinks, spent money, that I really didn't want to do, all because I wanted to please that other person, I didn't want them to think less of me- but this was not me pleasing myself. Yes, I like to go out and have a good time, but this needs to be on my terms, and this is something I am still working on.
Think about it, when you do things that are not genuine or a reflection of the real you, you get nothing out of it. You will be confused and unhappy because you won't know whom to please, or how.
It is all about respecting yourself, yes we need to respect others, but self-respect comes from being true to the real you and from acting in alignment with your fundamental nature. When you respect yourself, others will respect you. They will sense that you are strong, confident, and capable of standing up for yourself and your beliefs, you will attract people who feel your energy and your vibe, and you will no longer have to worry about not going to that party.
This is just one way in which you can use this branch of the Yamas,
Be true to the very best of who you are and live life consistent with your highest values and aspirations. Hopefully, you can resonate with some of the thoughts here, and will begin to try and bring more Satya into your life, let me know how you get on.
Now grab a blanket and some pillow and head over to my YouTube now for a Yin class- this class focuses on letting go, through poses which focus on the whole 360 area of your hips.
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