The Niyama discussion relates to the concept of Santosa (contentment). I am generally very content and satisfied with what I have (and/or don’t have). Recently this was brought to light in two separate situations both relative to my passion for bicycling. FACT: I was not accepted into the 2011 Leadville Trail 100 MTB race. This process involved a lottery. I have numerous ‘connections’ in the cycling community that I could have called upon to get me into the Leadville race, however, I decided not to lean on those connections. I have totally accepted this situation—I am content, able to concentrate and tranquil. FACT: Shortly after this event I had an opportunity to purchase a fully-loaded MTB—a dream bike, but way too much bike. The price was right, however, the timing was not due to personal financial circumstances. After a significant amount of self reflection I discovered I was content with my current MTB—an adequate MTB, that gets the job done and will continue to provide me with the ability to ride and race. I am content with my decision—I cultivated Santosa relative to this specific situation. As I grow older I am more content with my business (a pizza concept)—focused on what we have vs. continually looking for ‘what might be.’ With an appreciation of Santosa I challenged myself to start the re-invention process. Embarking on this YTT process along with my Aroma Touch therapy training I have fulfilled two components of the very challenging and dynamic re-invention process. This re-invention is a function of the overall economic environment, aging process and a general desire to introduce athletes and ‘agers’ to the wonderful benefits of yoga.
This was a very interesting exercise in self examination.