From time to time we post an essays written by the students in our 200 Hour Teacher Training Program as part of their homework. This is one student’s essay.
Yamas – Restraints
Y: yes to difficult emotions, sensations, and resistance – that generates from
whatever happens in my direct experience.
A: awareness of my present moment and accepting what is as it comes my way.
M: morning meditation on a daily basis for acknowledgement, allowance, and
acceptance of what life holds for me.
A: asana – exploring into my further owning and acceptance of the postures and embracing their expansiveness as well as accepting my body’s limitations in practice.
S: silence as a gift for my body, mind, and spirit – enabling me to listen more
carefully and understand my pathway.
Niyamas – Observances
N: no control is letting go, letting be, accepting what is and being present to what is now.
I: introspection and listening to what is within me and how I relate it to what
surrounds me – externally.
Y: yoga sutras are integrated into my daily life as best that I am able given what the Universe provides me.
A: attention to the present moment to by choosing to let go of the past and not worry about the future.
M: mindful breath develops stability and deep rest for my body, mind, and spirit.
A: appreciation and gratitude for all that I have in my life – continuing to
appreciate all and keep myself opening to receiving.
S: smiles and laughter to relax the body, open the mind, and lighten the spirit.
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