Practicing the 8 Limbs of Yoga
Practicing the 8 Limbs of Yoga
Sjana Elise Earp
My recent blog post explaining The 8 Limbs Of Yoga went into detail around how yoga is so much more than just your typical “workout”. It explained that yoga can be an exercise outlet that incorporates body, mind, spirit and soul. You can read it here.
In this blog, I am hoping to explain these principles in a more relatable way and show how YOU can begin to incorporate these aspects into your everyday life. The below is a little passage I wrote a while ago, which I refer back to every now and then when I am in need of a bit of positivity, reassurance or motivation. It is an affirmation intended to inspire.
I wrote this piece when I was going through a bit of a rough time emotionally, and found it to be very beneficial with helping me to soothe, calm and relax my mind, ease my soul, seek comfort in the unknown and find excitement for the future.
I’m sharing it here, with you, in the hopes it is able to bring you the same kind of support.
I pray you read this and are gently reminded of just how capable, powerful and strong you really are. I pray you read this and find the courage to initiate positive and permanent change in your own life.
Today I will practice moral and ethical principles to better society (Yama).
I will practice non-violence to both myself and others in thoughts, words and actions (Ahimsa).
I will be truthful. Before I speak, asking myself "Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?", then adjusting my actions accordingly (Satya).
I will not steal nor covet other people's possessions. Instead I will exhale jealousy and remove envy, replacing it with a humble disposition for our own blessings (Asteya).
I will moderate all things — I do not need very much in this life. I find living a simple life is calming and kind (Bhrahmacharya).
I will not be greedy. I will put others before myself and share. The light of a single flame is not dimmed by lighting another candle. Similarly, I will endeavour to share kindness, happiness and love (Aparigraha).
I will also practice moral and ethical practices to better myself (Niyama).
I will be clean and hygienic (Saucha).
I will have inner contentment — understanding that I am enough. I have qualities, characteristics and quirks that make me valuable and loved, and that also give me the ability to GIVE love and show other people their own value (Santosha).
I will attain purity through positive self-discipline. Knowing what I need to do, and doing it. Consciously engaging in behaviours and thoughts that I know will be of benefit.
Doing good feels good. And I will do these things to show respect and love for my body, not hatred or negatively-fuelled discipline (Tapas).
I will continue to constantly fill my mind with new knowledge and information. I will seek guidance and facts of both life, the world, my passions and even of myself. Self-development and knowledge is an infinite path of discovery and although I am aware I can never know everything, and I will make many mistakes, I am excited to learn from these mistakes and increase my awareness (Svadhyaya).
I will live by example.
I will give compliments.
Today I will show love and compassion to others.
Today I will practice what I preach.
Today I will inhale hope, strength and resilience and exhale doubt, anxiety and negativity.
Today is an open opportunity, and I will live every moment with awareness, presence, gratitude and entirely without regret.
Love and Light,
* Results from BAM may vary. Strict adherence to the program is required for best results.