The Principles and The Practice - 30 Day Challenge
Yoga is so much more than moving and breathing on your mat. Yoga philosophy is built around our innate desire to live a life of purpose and limit the amount of fear, doubt, or negative self talk that can get in our way.
The Yamas and Niyamas are the the first two limbs of the eight limbs of yoga. They are the concepts, tools, and ideas that we need to let go of overdone and out-grown habits while practicing a more positive way to relate to others and ourselves.
Intuitively, while reading through the Yamas and Niyamas, they carry a lot of wisdom. However, we are creatures of habit. We can be inspired one day and then quickly revert back to our old tricks the day after.
This challenge was created to support you in playing and integrating these beautiful concepts into your daily life through reflection, practice, and lived experience. This will not take a huge time commitment, in fact, you can easily commit to this while only donating 10 minutes a day. Everyone has 10 minutes a day to spare for personal development.
The Yamas are the Principles. They are the key reminders of how to relate to others and to ourselves. While most texts refer to 5-10 Yamas, I have dropped it to 4, and added one concept into the Umbrella of the Yamas overall.
Yamas - The Principles of Non-Harm and Benevolence
1. Truthfulness (Non-Deceiving, Vulnerability, Current and Updated Beliefs, Real versus Nice, Aligned with Personal Core Values)
2. Non-Stealing (Be Capable, Creativity, Independence, Give without Expectation)
3. Non-Excess (Moderation, Balance, Content, Full, Be Connected, The Middle Way)
4. Non-Possessiveness (Freedom, Intimacy without Attachment, Adaptable)
The Niyamas are the How-to Practice. They are more concerned with your relationship to your higher self and spirituality. Most texts show 5 Niyamas, but again, I have moved one of the concepts into the overarching theme.
Niyamas - The Practice of Self-Discipline through Effort and Surrender
We are creatures of habit. 95% of what you think today, you also thought yesterday. To create sustainable positive change in your life and in your mind, we need repetition, support, and accountability. In comes the 30 Day Challenge.
Whether you want to embark on this journey alone, or rally a group together, this challenge will change the way you perceive life. We waste a lot of energy on thoughts that are not necessary. This challenge will bring in new habits of thought and action, allowing more time and energy to spend on the things that truly light you up.
Intrigued? Want to learn more? Reach out with questions or to sign up for this challenge (which can start whenever you decide).
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