Yoga Philosophy in Daily Life
By Irene Doherty
Yoga philosophy shows up most relevantly in my daily life through Ahimsa (non-harming) Svadyaya (self-study) and Ishvara Pranidhana (faith in a higher energy). These three disciplines were introduced to me during my first formal study of yoga philosophy, the Yamas and Niyamas of the Eight Limb Path. All of a sudden my mind had new concepts and words to roll around with that helped me to access, love, empowerment and relief. Yoga philosophy opened up a language that bridges the gap between my introspective practice on the mat or cushion with my everyday life in community. My asana practice now has a depth and meaning that goes beyond the stretch and strength building qualities of the pose. I also now had a way to practice yoga regardless of where I was and what I was doing.
Not a day goes by where I don’t check in with myself, notice where my thoughts are going and how I am taking care of myself and being kind to others. I pay attention to the actions I take and the words I speak. For me the driving force for this self-awareness is my belief in a higher entity, an essence that runs through everyone and everything on this planet and in the universe. Yoga philosophy shows me just how interconnected we are with our surroundings and reminds me of the power one little ripple can put into motion. This interconnectedness feels like humanity to me. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for faith. Faith that I can never truly understand all that I study here so I do the best I can with kindness and love; faith that I have always been and always will be taken care of; faith that I can live happier and freer to enjoy all life has to offer. I am here with the hand I have been dealt, where I was born and to whom, all the people I have created relationships with along the way, my physical form with all its glories and limitations, my experiences, my life. Yoga philosophy keeps it real and meaningful for me. Everyday comforting me with purpose and worth.
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