Episode: 51

Yamas & Niyamas – The Missing Link (Part 2) with Savira Gupta

You loved part 1. Episode 47 yamas & niyamas with Savira Gupta. Part 2 is finally here. If you haven't heard part 1, click here to listen.

In today’s episode, Savira shares her understanding of the five niyamas and their roles in the practice of yoga. She elaborates on each of their meanings and even sets some examples on how they apply to the practice of yoga.

My favorite part is where she encourages us to accept that some things are not in our control. It is a common misconception of yoga students and practitioners that all yoga experiences need to be positive and uplifting. This is not always the case and is completely out of balance. 

Savira also talks about discipline, one of the most important lessons to learn. She says that it takes a long time before discipline becomes a habit. In the practice of yoga, discipline is necessary. Stepping on the mat and changing poses require discipline. To continue showing up and practicing yoga requires discipline.

The yamas and niyamas are foundational topics that yoga teachers need to learn and understand. These 2 limbs are fundamental to living your yoga but are often ignored in the modern-day yoga context. They make me a better person everyday. I hope you find value in spending your time here today.

Yamas & Niyamas Episode Highlights...

  • Is there a proper mindset to practice niyamas?
  • The difference between the yamas and the niyamas
  • What is saucha practice?
  • How does one practice santosha?
  • Is contentment an understanding of santosha?
  • Do all yoga experiences need to be positive and uplifting?
  • Attachment and non attachment and their place in the practice of yoga
  • Tapas and its role in the practice of yoga
  • What is discipline for someone who practices yoga?
  • What does it mean to do svadhyaya in yoga?
  • Savira’s advice on how to learn svadhyaya
  • Svadhyaya versus sadhana versus dharma
  • Ishvara pranidhana and how to practice it
  • How to balance internal journey of yoga and external journey of a yoga career

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Savira Gupta

Savira comes from a family of strong women rooted in the Arya Samaj Tradition; a tradition that was founded in April 1875 by Swami Dayanand Saraswati, who wanted to revive the Vedic way of life and the need to create a just society for all despite colour, cast or creed. Having spent her childhood in Malaysia, formative years in India, teenage years in France and adult years both in the UK and USA, she believes that this has given her the foundation to relate to people from all walks of life. Out of her passion for Yin Yoga, formed whilst a senior teacher with Yogalife. She decided to establish her own Art of Svādhyāya™ through Yin and Hatha Yoga Trainings in New Delhi and Chennai, bringing Yin Yoga into the spotlight.


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