Your Personal Truth

How to be a decent human being…

 

Yoga is not all about the poses we make. I’m sure you know this by now!

One of the key aspects of practicing a ‘yogic life’ is to adhere to some yogic principles called the Yamas and Niyamas. These are essentially a type of 10 commandments guiding you in how to be a decent human being.

 

And we all want to be decent, right?

Today I’ll talk about the second Yama (there are 5 Yamas and 5 Niyamas), which is called Satya: meaning truthfulness.

Satya is about being truthful to everyone around you, and to yourself, in thought and deed. Seems pretty simple, right? Well, there’s a catch…

 

Living your Truth

“How does yoga help me live my truth?”

A physical yoga practice allows you to slow down your thoughts about the world around you. Then you can focus, maybe for a blissful 30 minutes (or 10 minutes!) on your breath, your body and your mind.

This may seem obvious, but in our busy, busy, busy world, many of us NEVER stand back and take a moment to connect with ourselves. It is quite normal to forget about ourselves for months on end. Only to realise when you crash with an illness or mental breakdown that you didn’t connect with yourself and your needs.

 

Clearing the Fog

Eventually, a regular mindful yoga practice starts to clear the fog of ‘busy-ness’ in the mind. In time, it allows you to see a little more clearly who YOU are, what makes you tick, your strengths and your challenges. Without judgement.

This is also one of the aspects of a yogic life, named Svadhyaya: A deep and on-going self-enquiry.

When you regularly re-connect with your body, breath and mind, then it becomes easier to ‘live your truth’.

 

Choose to be Kind…

However, there is a twist!

One caveat in the application of Satya is that truthfulness must come second to non-harm. Non-harm is the first, and arguably the most important, of the Yamas and Niyamas: called Ahimsa.

For a deeper discussion of Ahimsa, read my previous blog about it here.

Here are a few examples when kindness may need to trump truthfulness:

  • When a very self-conscious person asks for an opinion about their appearance. It would be kind to exaggerate how amazing they are looking! (Even it that’s not 100% truthful).
  • When someone made a mistake, but the moment has now passed. RESISTING saying “I told you so” is the kinder, yet less truthful path.
  • If someone has a strong faith in something, yet you disagree. The kindest thing is not to argue with them about it, despite your personal truth being different.

Can you think of examples in your own life?

 

Let’s practice this!

I invite you to take just 10-15 minutes each day to reflect on you, your body and your mind.

You DON’T need to ask yourself ‘What is my truth?”. Instead, try to become aware of what is already going on in your body and mind.

Just observe for now.

Try not to judge.

How to do this

This can take the form of sitting quietly, doing your own yoga movements OR…

You could join my 28-day Happy Hips Challenge!

This involves just 15 minutes a day.

It will give you a perfect opportunity to reconnect with your body and mind each day.

Your hips will thank you!

Join the Challenge!

I hope you enjoyed this mini blog. 🤓

Please share your views in comments below!

Jolanthe x

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