The code of yoga is codified in old Indian Scriptures called the Varaha Upanishads. The code includes correct actions or practices that lead to enlightenment (Patanjali, 1999). Prior to the practice of Asana, are the practices of the Yamas and Niyamas which work as a reliable code and foundation for the practice of yoga. There are 5 individual practices or Niyamas, the second Niyama is Santosha or contentment.


Contentment is the ability to be pleased with exactly what is. Satisfaction indicates not wanting more, other, or less but accepting gratefully yourself and your environment. Discovering satisfaction implies practicing numerous of the other yamas and niyamas. Contentment is simple after a yoga course, or when things are going well. Santosha is more difficult to exercise when life is more tough. Extra practices that have actually helped me to discover contentment more frequently involve:

  1. 1. Understanding what truth is– the yoga sutras inform us that much of exactly what we see and believe is an impression (Maya). We believe aspects of ourselves and the world around us that simply aren’t true. When evidence is presented that does not agree with our variation of truth, we can end up being very upset. As an example, I may believe that I’m a great mother. If my youngster then informs me I’m a bad mom, I become upset due to the fact that I don’t wish to hear a variation of truth that isn’t the same as my variation of truth. The practice of reflection and observation has assisted me have a more reasonable view of myself and the world. Contentment implies accepting exactly what is, not what we wish to believe. For myself, I’m not the best mom on the planet nor the worst mother worldwide. I did not constantly do the very best I could, however I typically did the best I could.

  2. 2. Only once we really admit to the fact of our truth can we start to accept that truth. As an example, I’m nearly 50 years old and this causes me to be discontent. I typically imagine that I’m still a teen, I look in the mirror, experience the detach that comes from lying to myself, and afterwards feel upset which starts an unfavorable thought and feelings chain: I look old, I am going to need new knees, I am going to need a facelift, who’s going to … STOP. This is where I’ve to intervene in adverse thoughts and move to approval. I’m aging however I still feel great and I’m grateful to feel as alive as I do. Satisfaction suggests moving from unfavorable to positive thought and feelings, to practicing gratitude.

  3. 3. Gratitude is an extremely important practice that can add to higher satisfaction. When I’m not pleased with myself or my truth, I often write an appreciation list. What am I grateful for today?

  • I’ve my own home and a roofing system over my head,
  • I’ve a healthy child,
  • My basic needs are met,
  • I can rest really well and a lot of individuals can not,
  • I’ve a way to get around,
  • I’ve had the opportunity to travel,
  • Etc.

Creating an appreciation list is a good way or any individual to become more content.

I include satisfaction into my yoga practice by being grateful for yoga, being grateful to the educator and the other students, and by being grateful to my body for what I can do. I likewise include satisfaction into my yoga practice by not asking my body to do things that it can not. I make an effort to be sincere with myself about what I can and can not do, and to take pleasure in the asanas I can exercise.

Contentment is a location in between the ears, a location where for this moment, absolutely nothing needs to change. Early in the practice of contentment, total assurance is short lived. We might experience Santosha for a few minutes then keep in mind something upsetting. Through continued practice, Santosha can last longer and longer up until the specialist enjoys hours and days of blissful existence.