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What does it mean to be happy?

Happiness is a state of well-being that encompasses living a good life—that is, with a sense of meaning and deep satisfaction.

“Happiness is an inside job,” but it’s a great thing to remember as a yogi. According to yoga philosophy, santosha, which means contentment, is a form of self-discipline. 🧘‍♀️ In other words, happiness is a skill and practice. Happier people do not have easier lives, with less hard work but they’re simply more grateful for what they have and choose to be conscious of their contentment more often. Santosha, the niyama of contentment on Patanjali’s eightfold path, can be a difficult concept to wrap your head around, particularly if your personal story is filled with negative thoughts. But once you shed your distorted lenses and self-doubting beliefs, there’s a good chance you’ll discover that you’re pretty awesome. 

Performing a headstand won’t save us from getting a parking ticket, losing a job, or getting dumped.🤓 Meanwhile, the learning process, attention level, and attitude of the pose can have a positive compounding effect on the rest of our lives.

Because as soon as you put yourself in a state of gratitude (for anything, however small) you can no longer operate from ego. The two are polar opposites. The practice of santosha removes us from the rat race and rests us in a gentle hammock of gratitude for a little while. 💫When your focus is on the positive, it will show. Things will shift & it will begin to rub off on those around you!

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