Yamas and Niyamas
This niyama is about staying really looking at ourselves. We need to challenge our existing perceptions through the wisdom of others – often in reading – but we need to balance that with meditation and other practices of observing. We have the freeing opportunity to disconnect from our ego identity and be as objective as we can – when we don’t take our own actions personally or get defensive, we can be curious and amused.
The second limb of the 8 limbs in Patanjali's scriptures, that formed the yoga as it is today, are the Niyamas or the personal practices of yogis. The fourth Niyama is Svadhyaya which literally translates to self/own (sva) and lesson/reading (adhyaya) and is the ability to study oneself. Patanjali wrote in the Yoga Sutras: "Study thy self, discover the divine". When you start studying yourself, every aspect of you, not only do you create inner reflection, but you get to know yourself, life an...