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Santosha

“From contentment and benevolence of consciousness comes supreme happiness”

Sutra II.42. BKS Iyengar Light on the Yoga Sutras

When I first began to to study yoga and delve into the ancient texts as opposed to just attend classes the idea of Santosha was the thing that grabbed my attention the most. Santosha means contentment and is one on the 5 Niyamas. The yoga we practice and teach is based on, amongst others Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The System is based on an eight fold path giving us clear instruction on how to live meaningful, purposeful, thriving lives. The Yamas and Niyamas are first on this eightfold path and support us on our spiritual path. They are essentially social ethics and personal practices.

The yogis believe that Santosha is a way to moksha (liberation). One thing that we can be sure of is that everything changes, nothing is permanent. Peace of mind can’t rely on ever changing circumstances. Often we are looking for the next thing.. if I get the clothes, the love, promotion , thats’ when I will find contentment but the sutras encourage to live with it day to day no matter the circumstance.

The wonderful quote “Comparison is the thief of joy” springs to mind here. Just be happy and grateful with YOUR lot, there is always someone worse off.

Yoga is a journey inwards, a journey to connect with our souls, a study of the self or true nature. We tap into sublime contentment when we tap into the soul. The yogis believe that meditation is the access point to santosha.

” Contentment is peace. It is the result of abiding in the truth of who you are” Rod Stryker.