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It Never Stops Shaping You– What is the Legacy of being a survivor of molestation?

Hi there, I want to share this with you all because I hope that my words help someone else to not just survive but to thrive as I have. Quiero compartir con ustedes esta historia.... My story begins here, at the age of 12, at least this part of my story does. It was a long day, and I had danced all day long with my dance group performing here in Santa Maria, CA. My feet hurt, I was tired and I wished my mom was here to join me as she normally did, but she had to work on this particular Saturday so I was entrusted to the care of my Teacher for this day and the 6-hour drive up. We had just performed, a set of two regions of Mexico, Jalisco and Chiapas, I was one of the principal dancers so I had more costume changes [...]

Self Study- Niyama #4

Today we look at Niyama #4  Svadhyaya The word itself is made up of Sva, meaning own, self, or the human soul, and Adhyaya, meaning lesson, lecture, or reading, and can imply the practice of studying scriptures, as well as a practice of studying the Self. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra says: "Study thy self, discover the divine" II.44 as we move forward in our asana and in our life it is important that we do self-study to become more successful. By studying ‘the self’ and recognizing our habits and thought processes, we realize how much of what we do and think is far from who we really know we are. When we listen to the ego, we often do things that don’t always align with our true beliefs or intuition. We are out of Congruence. We move in a way that is not natural. In business, we often make decisions that [...]

Samtosa, What is contentment?

https://youtu.be/Rg2Ilk6JFpk Samtosa, which means Contentment, What is contentment? - to be in observance of ourselves to make sure we are in the space of contentment- According to Samtosa, it refers to our lot in life, and how we should not desire for more than what is available to us at the moment. Now, it is important to understand that it does not mean we should not strive to have more or be more. What it is saying is that we must be aware of the space that we are in. so a great self-coaching question to ask is- how can I find the sense of contentment right now? If we are saying things like..... “If I earn this money, then I will be happy, If I get this job then. You fill in the blanks. We are in violation of this Niyama. In other words, we must be careful that [...]