The fourth niyama is svadhyaya or self-study. It helps us to see our true nature without judgement. This is accomplished through the contemplation of our life’s lessons and through the meditation on the truths revealed.

Life presents an endless opportunity to learn about ourselves; our flaws and weaknesses give us the opportunity to grow and our mistakes allow us to learn. We begin to develop a “witness” mentality where we can see ourselves at any given moment and see beyond it to connect with something greater.

Today, let’s cultivate our “witness”! Tune in and observe with out judgement what you are doing, what you are feeling, what is your state of mind. Do this several times throughout the day. Notice any patterns.

Yours In Yoga,


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