Finding Contentedness in a Crazy World with Yoga

Gratitude Rocks! Workshop
This Saturday
January 28 1:00-3:00
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In a world that rewards conformity and fuels consumption, how do we break free from the whirlwind that sucks us in to comparison, judgment, fear, guilt and even shame? How can our yoga practice give us the anchor we need to stay rooted in the positive and transcend the negative aspects of our world?

The answer lies in the niyamas, the philosophical limb of yoga that provides us with guidelines for daily living and precepts for looking further into ourselves as a means for self discovery and evolution. The niyamas are foundational to thought and building awareness. They are observances that inspire us to expand our yoga practice to a lifestyle beyond the mat.

The second niyama is Santosha, which means contentment. Contentment is defined as a state of happiness and satisfaction. Isn’t this what we all really want? In today’s world, it’s almost human nature to spend a lot of time looking for happiness outside of ourselves. Our society sets us up for this. Businesses perpetuate this attention on the external, on pursuing, chasing, reaching, searching, and in turn they grow more profitable knowing we will never find it there.

Contentment cannot be sought or bought. It just is. The things we do to bring about fulfillment actually impede our satisfaction and wellbeing. Contentment can only be found when we rest in pure acceptance and appreciation for the given moment. Contentment can be found in gratitude.

IMG_1121Gratitude shifts our thinking from a place of lack to a feeling of abundance. It makes what we have and who we are enough. It allows us to transcend our culture of consumerism and comparison to be filled with joy, compassion and light. We can begin to strengthen our gratitude muscle by creating a daily gratitude practice. Eventually this way of thinking will become so natural that it will begin to permeate your life, raising your vibration and attracting more of the things for which you are grateful.

If you are ready to expand your yoga practice off the mat and are interested in building your daily gratitude practice, join me for an inspiring workshop this Saturday, January 28, from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Yoga Integrated Science Studio B. Connect with a community of like-minded people through a guided gratitude meditation and discussion. You will learn about what science has to say about gratitude and you will exercise your creativity by painting your own gratitude rock. This will serve as your memory cue to practice on a daily basis, making an attitude of gratitude a habit. Come with an open heart and an open mind… because the world needs your practice!

Namaste