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3. Asteya non-stealing, honesty. We should not copy other practitioner’s positions or poses from stereotype pictures thoughtlessly. We need to rediscover each pose for ourselves and not try to put on some borrowed image.

4. Brahmacharya efficiency. We should not waste our energy and direct our consciousness to the things that do not lead us to our personal goals. During yoga practice, we should create favorable conditions and concentrate on the practice, try not to distract from it. When doing physical exercises, we need to find the fine line between effort and ease, and determine when we need to push ourselves and when we should allow our bodies to have rest and relax. This is the most effective method as it allows us to earn the trust of our body, which reveals its secrets and leads to self-development.

5. Aparigraha non-possessiveness, non-attachment. We should not get attached to the results of our yoga practice or cling to them, we ought to have inner freedom. We should be ready to start yoga practice from the very beginning from life to life and every day. In such a case, all that we need to get from the practice will come to us without any effort at the appropriate time.

The second limb Niyama includes five recommendations on the interactions with the inner world.

1. Shaucha purity. To have a successful practice we should keep our body clean and eat healthy. There are cleansing practices and nutrition recommendations, which give you advice, what is best for your body. We should keep clean not only our body but also our thoughts and intentions. That can help to come nearer to the restraint of fluctuations of consciousness. When our mind becomes clearer, we realize where our thoughts come from and it becomes easier to stop them.

2. Santosha contentment, satisfaction. The principle of Santosha encourages us to achieve our goals consistently and not to suffer from the things we cannot get and be content with the things we have at the moment. The Universe is infinitely kind to us. According to yoga theory, we have the best of what we deserve now.

3. Tapas austerity, perseverance, persistence. We should keep the inner fire, the aspiration or the intention to achieve the desired goal alive. Exerting our will, we set the direction to achieve the desired goals for our actions and do not allow ourselves to get sidetracked.

4. Svadhyaya self-study. To achieve the highest goal, yogis need to study constantly, make their mind sharper and act logically. We can get rid of ignorance and understand the essence of the inner processes only by gaining higher knowledge.

5. Ishvarapranidhana contemplation of the personal image of the Absolute, devoting all thoughts to the Universe. We need to understand that, our practice of yoga, the way we are doing it now is already perfect. During our personal practice, we should first make our best and then let it go, to give the Universe the opportunity to make its part of the work.

Do yoga effectively and kindly, be honest with yourself, keep your body and thoughts clean, feel good about yourself, sustain your inner inspiration, sharpen your mind, make everything that depends on you, trust in the Universe and be happy!

Author: Eva Rati

Editors: Kerigona, М.Sarasvati-Bhavani

Translators: Tatiana Atishaya, Tatiana Sugrue, Nat Satchitananda

Project curator: Kerigona



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