EASTERN SUN YOGA

The Niyamas – Guidelines for Personal Behavior

Sauca

Cleanliness, purity, keeping our bodies and surroundings clean and neat, physical as well as mental purity, internal and external cleanliness.

Santosa

Contentment, the ability to be comfortable with what we have and what we do not have, positive attitude towards past, present, and future events.

Tapas

Heat, burning, shining, ascetic devotion, a burning desire to reach perfection, self-discipline, the restraint of impurities in our physical and mental systems through the maintenance of such correct habits as sleep, exercise, nutrition, work, and relaxation, a disciplined life that aims for mental and physical balance.  Tapas develops strength in body, mind, and character.

Svadhyaya

Study which leads to knowledge of the self, study and the necessity to review and evaluate progress, study of spiritual books, daily study of scared texts, including chanting the sacred syllable “Om”.

Isvara Pranidhana

Reverence to a higher intelligence, Self; surrender to God, making God the focus of concentration.

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