Welcome & Namaste 🙂
Today's topic is very much relevant to the current circumstances that we find ourselves in as a global community of humans.
There are sometimes, often times, circumstances in life that we have absolutely zero control over. This is a hard pill to swallow for many of us.
The rapid spread and unpredictability that we face with the spread of COVID-19 is no exception.
In the 8 limbs of yoga, the roots, the foundation of the 8-limbed (ashtanga) path are the yamas and the niyamas. There are 5 of each. The final niyama being: Ishvara pranidhana
Surrendering (pranidhana) to a higher source (Ishvara)
I'm not going to go into a big long post about this today, but what I will say is this:
Ishvara pranidhana has saved me multiple times in my life when things felt completely wrong and out of my control.
- When my father in law was losing his battle to cancer.
- When I lost my own father 6 months later.
- When I've experienced miscarriage and health challenges of my own.
This ancient concept has been there to support me through my most difficult days.
My hope is that it will be there to support you when you need it most as well.
If you are here on this post today as a part of my 10 day meditation challenge. I thank you deeply from the bottom of my heart for joining me.
I hope that you might join me in my next online journey coming up very soon. I've had a flurry of incoming messages and questions about how to practice with me more over this time of necessary social distancing and self isolation so I've made this little video to answer some of those questions now:
I hope that you find today's exploration helpful in your meditation journey. Please let me know in the comments below how this practice made you feel.
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Ally Boothroyd is a yoga educator and meditation teacher with a passion for yoga nidra and the healing power of conscious rest. She is the founder of Sarovara Yoga, a yoga space and women's retreat centre in Ontario, Canada. A sanctuary on the water where she fosters local community and supports health, personal growth, emotional resiliency, authenticity, awareness, and awakening. Ally also leads Retreats and Yoga Teacher Trainings in Nosara, Costa Rica
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