Yoga Lesson: Contentment
One of the five niyamas (internal observances) of Patanjali’s yoga sutras, contentment is considered an essential and fundamental yogic practice. Samtosha (contentment) can be practiced while holding yoga poses by letting go of the desire to attain the perfect looking pose, and to accept the experience of the pose as it is without wanting to change it.[am4show have=’p1;p2;p4;’ guest_error=’Premo’ user_error=’Upgrade’ ] Intention
May my slow deep breath calm my body and mind and bring greater awareness, sensitivity and focus. May the awareness and control of my breath lead me to the mastery of my body, mind and spirit.
The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach. – Lin Yu-t’ang
My crown is in my heart, not on my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen: My crown is called content: A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy. – William Shakespeare
Practice catching yourself when yearning for new and different things and replace those thoughts with gratitude and contentment for what you already have in your life.