Finding contentment on and off our mats
Classes this month will be focused on one of the Niyamas (the second limb of yoga)
Santosha means contentment, living in the present moment and not always looking for the next thing to make us happy. Having gratitude for what we have and not contempt for what we do not.
There's often a niggling thought that "i'd be happier if......" whether its losing weight, earning more money, meeting someone new or being able to get ourselves into an asana we've been working towards.
Having the urge to want to grow and expand our minds and push ourselves a little towards a goal isn't a bad thing at all, but it can become problematic when we base our entire sense of peace and happiness upon this. We may become so focused on the end result that we don't enjoy the ride to get there.
Through our focus on santosha we will start to embrace a feeling of contentment v's satisfaction. Satisfaction is often short lived and always future orientated. To be content is to accept things as they are right now (good or bad) it is a feeling that comes from within and is not dependent on outer circumstances, progress or possessions.
"By contentment supreme joy is gained"