Second limb of patanjali sutras – Niyamas
The word Niyama in Hatha Yoga is used to denote any kind of observances and norms that are introduced to bring in the discipline. Every yoga teacher attaches great importance to these niyamas in their 200TTC because only proper observance of these specific rules can bring in the true fruition of a complete yogic experience.
Any yoga teacher training that aims at taking forward the fundamentals of Hatha Yoga, always includes these second most element of the 8-part Patanjali yogasutra. The regular practice of these niyamas aims to maintain a positive environment while pursuing the yoga teacher training.
They are seen as the foundation pillar of your entire yogic experience in Hatha Yoga. Overall they create the base and prepare the body to take in the deeper and the higher levels of yoga. It gives you the inner strength and the physical ability to better endure the challenges of Yoga.
The Five Niyamas
The Patanjali yogasutra lists out five main Niyamas that every yoga teacher will stress on. These include:
- Shaucha: The Sanskrit for purification, It means to keep purity outside and inside, you keep the space where you live, meditate, practice clean. Also keep your mind and heart free from negativity.it sees Yoga as a channel to throw away the toxins. The various asanas, pranayams and meditation in Hatha Yoga aim to bring in the purification of your inner being as you progress in the 200TTC
- Santosha: it means Contentment, to bring inner peace, not running around for more and more and more. Doing our duties and practice without desire of special rewards. It is seen as the true path to achieving yogic joy and happiness in Patanjali yogasutra.
- Tapas: It means to have an inner disipline, being true to your practice and your path.it helps you undertake intense discipline of your inner self and helps optimize your will power. Several times through your yoga teacher training you will reap the benefit of these experiences.
- Svadhyaya: Self examination and self study,Patanjali says, just studing books will not help, we need to also understand our inner mechanism, studing our own patterns and behavior. Learning from them. This is the channel to connect with your divine being and get over your mortal inefficiencies.
- Ishvara Pranidhana: This is the Sanskrit for dedication, devotion and surrendering your entire being to the divine spirit. In short Trusting the higher consciousness. That there is a universe which has more understanding than my day to day normal mind. Keeping that devotion and prayer in heart.
As Hatha Yoga helps you delve deeper into your inner wellbeing, these Niyamas play a crucial role in your yoga teacher training extremely rooted and absolutely grounded.
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