In our three week study of “Pouring the Foundation,” we looked at tapas, svadhyaya and ishvara-pranidhana to burn, introspect and surrender to the present things in our lives. Of these three, which is the more difficult for you? Why?
Pouring the Foundation – Tapas, Svadhyaya, Ishvara-Pranidhana
Surrender is tricky. Does it mean giving up? Accepting defeat? Being codependent? Letting the universe provide? Surrendering means working with what we’ve got, setting intentions and working toward them, but without attachment to the outcome.
For you, Ishvara-Pranidhana may mean cultivating a state of openness, receptivity, humility and gratitude. It may simply mean the practice of surrendering control over some aspect of your life, and trusting that if you can stay open and receptive, you will receive exactly what you need.
Ishvara-Pranidhana is about accepting that there are certain things in your life that are not within your control. The moment someone takes their first Yoga class, they are being asked to introspect about things that they don’t ordinarily introspect about. The process of introspection allows you to uncover the connections that are already there in your body.
If you cultivate these three principles on the mat – willful practices that burn away the impurities (tapas), self-study (svadhyaya) and surrender (ishvara-pranidhana) – your life will change.
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