{eps}

EPS started out as a tribute of sorts to the book Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It was a chance to get grounded for a few hours and meditate with mala beads, a chant from the book, readings from the novel, and food.  Six years later the core is still the same, though I have taken it away from following any kind of story. 

{sun salutation b}

{sun salutation b}

Start with 10 breaths in the following positions if you are just waking up: child’s pose, cat/cow, ragdoll, and find your way to down dog.

From down dog, step to the front of your mat for a forward fold and let the head drop.

Lift halfway up by placing hands on the shins, just below the knees, and straighten arms like brackets on a shelf. Crown reaching forward and shoulder blades coming together to flatten the back (your “shelf”’)

Release to forward fold and let the head drop, soften the face.

{tapas}

{tapas}

Our third Niyamas is self-discipline. Who couldn’t use a little more of that?!

Tapas mean heat and denotes the passionate commitment required to bring on change.  Call upon your tapas in times when you are struggling with your commitment- to self-improvement, holding a tough yoga pose, or struggling to reset temptation.

Next time you’re struggling, imagine hot glowing coals inside you and persevere! 

{santosha}

{santosha}

The second of our Niyamas is contentment. This guides us to be content with your life and its circumstances, no matter what they may be.   Its challenges us to resist self-doubt and jealousy.

In daily practice, we try to accept what we have whether good or bad.   Next time something doesn’t go your way, consider all of the options you have for how to handle it. One of those options is not to react at all.  Not reacting is accepting.