Yesterday, I spent the afternoon at the Creative Action Center with my friend and fellow Lady Launcher Laura Parker. Given the busy week I had, it was really nice to just hang out, create and connect.
Last month when I took Kimberly Wilson’s Yoga and Creativity workshop, Kimberly highlighted the yamas and niyamas. We studied them during my yoga teacher training, but I appreciated the refresher since I have such a hard time remembering the Sanskrit words. So, I created two pieces to stay connected to these spiritual guidelines.
Yamas are ethical observations or how we interact with our outer world. The five yamas include:
- Ahimsa – nonviolence
- Satya – truthfulness
- Asteya – non-stealing
- Brahmacharya – moderation
- Aparigraha – greedlessness
Niyamas are self observations or how we interact with ourselves in our inner world. The five niyamas are:
- Shaucha – cleanliness
- Samtosha – contentment
- Tapas – fiery discipline
- Swadhyaya – self-study
- Ishwara-Pranidhana – devotion to the universal
This week I’ll be focusing on Samtosha (being grateful for what I have) and Tapas (to keep me on track with my goals). I invite you to pick one or two of these teachings to play with this week, too. Namaste.