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Santosha, the second Niyama

on April 5, 2013

Chloe lead the “anything goes” class at Treehouse Yoga on Saturday 30 March. On several occasions during the class, Chloe used the word “santosha” – encouraging students to accept where they were in their practice – not to compare or compete with themselves, or others. To be content with where they were in their practice.

At the end of class I asked Chloe about santosha. She explained that santosha was a Sanskrit word – the second Niyama and that it translated to contentment.

I later found an interesting article in the online Yoga Journal that discussed santosha, from which i particularly liked the following quote –

One of the guiding principles of classical yoga philosophy, santosha has been described as a “peaceful kind of happiness in which one rests without desires”

Many thanks to Chloe for leading a lovely asana practice and for introducing me to santosha 🙂



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